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  1. I agree.....Bill is a master at his trade Since 2014, Bill has rebuilt 10 woofers for me. While doing so to match the performance to each other. That was the last restoration project, but Bill had done stuff for me years before that also. Bill
  2. Why not EBAY?? I've seen quite a few listings in Italy over the years. If you are willing to ship worldwide on Ebay, you will get the largest audience there and abroad (USA) Allison did quite well in Italy during the "glorious years!" Bill
  3. The Allison Electronic Subwoofer was a great idea back when these speakers were relatively new. Today, with the average age of Allisons being at least 40 years young, the LAST thing I would be interested in is using a device that is going to have those old woofers working harder than ever. The opposite is preferred, IMHO....get a competent powered subwoofer and let that provide the lower frequencies while giving the old Allisons a break. Save on both amplifier demand and excessive excursion of 40 year plus woofers. Just sayin Bill
  4. The one with the can on it is a tweeter used in the NL series of magnetically shielded home theater speakers available in the mid 90s. I found from my own experience with those systems, the condition of the woofer has a dramatic impact on the overall response of the system. Bill
  5. First off, I would not worry that you're missing sound quality generated by those tweeters. Several guys on the other forum had test measured older mids and tweeters to find little if any degradation in their performance. The primary function of the ferrofluid ( and silicone grease in the 3 way tweeters) is to protect the voice coil from heat. You're right about not servicing the fluids.....that would only invite disaster. Bill
  6. The biggest problem (in my opinion) with selling the original A1, is the fact that they are 40 years old, and housing so many old drivers that have those delicate wires exposed. The newest of the old allisons did away with the wires exposed and the wooden bezels years before the company went out however, these still got em. its a lot of money to be up a creak without a paddle if you loose a driver. Bill
  7. Hearing is EVERYTHING, especially if one is a newcomer to the sound of Allisons. If the seller has a receiver of at least 50 wpc and you can demo with some of your favorites, that should be enough. Everyone "hears" differently, so at the end of the day, it's your call. Try to demo with the speakers against the wall, 3 to 4 feet away from a corner to get the proper bass response. Bill
  8. Allison One Gold Signature Series Audio Speakers Feb 1, 2017 ... FOR SALE Allison One Gold Signature Series Audio Speakers Personally signed by Acoustic Engineer extraordinaire Roy Allison himself!
  9. Some confusion here it seems.... There are two pair of speakers being discussed here. So far we have seen no pictures posted of the "Signature" Allisons that were going for two grand. (From the "gold post") This Craigslist for an original pair of A1's is a different pair all together. Regarding those, they look good and have had the usual things done to A1's that have seen a lot of action. The woofers are re foamed, but I would ask how long ago they were done. All the tweeters have been replaced with newer, original Allison tweeters which is also perfectly fine (hopefully all 3 way versions). Also, I notice the Allison logo badges are missing from both grilles. Bill
  10. If they are physically in like new condition and I were happy with the audition, I would offer 1500 tops. The signature aspect of the loudspeaker makes no difference to me. Bill
  11. So sorry to hear that. For years I bought used Allison parts and complete speakers. half the battle can be who you're dealing with. A poor communicator is better to walk away from. Bill
  12. To be fair, it's important to compare apples to apples. Of course, we are talking about the signature series cabinets from 2002, autographed by Roy himself. The pricing was vastly different from the original series A1's. I paid 760.00 for my original pair brand new back in 1977. Hey! I'm with you and prefer the original, but 25 years into the future changed the prices dramatically. (A shot below of my A1's before my Ebay guy picked them up) In case you guys never saw it.....the other of the three from 2002....a shot of the "new" Allison three.
  13. That should be a sweet room for them. Actually, the hardest thing to do with the Allison's is to put them where they sound "bad" if you know what I mean! Enjoy!
  14. That's a tough call, especially if you have not experienced the wide dispersion sound of the Allison One. I've been hooked on it since 1977 and it's been a progression ever since, now adding cutting edge electronics (not even cd's were available when the A1 was introduced) to bring out all the great sound they can deliver. I would make the trip if you can arrange a two grand those speakers probably will go nowhere for quite some time. That being said, if they are indeed pristine, an offer of 1500 would be a good starting point, I believe. You never have to worry about the woofers, since they can be serviced by a number of competent outfits. (I use Miller Sound, but there are quite a few others) The real trick is having a spare of the 3way tweeter and midrange. The originals of those will fit in that Gold version, except the oldest with the outside wires would be a problem. Between roughly 1980 up to the last, those mids and tweets had rear connections that would be fine with those units. Ironically, I own a full set of the actual drivers that are installed in the speakers you may be visiting. Bill