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  1. Oh to be a fly on the wall. What a shame, but perhaps the right person will buy, and restore them, it can be done.
  2. Hey Adams! Terrific day! Good turnout, great people and systems to listen to! Thanks Robert for posting the AK link! Connor put together a nice video and I posted a couple as well! Cheers, Glenn
  3. The wires from the mids are aluminum. You will need aluminum solder. It is not easy to work with, and does not flow like normal silver solder. It kind of sputters as it gets hot. It must be very hot to flow. The terminal tabs are metal, no plastic, do not remove it. The tweeter foam blobs seem ok. I've seen very small and large. As long as the dome is sitting in place and not popping out, it should be fine. The tweeter that has OK on it has had some kind of work done. Those screws are not original like the first tweeter photo. If it sounds good I wouldn't worry about it.
  4. Tomorrow is the day! It's looking like there will be a good turnout, maybe 8-10 outstanding systems being demoed, including a completely restored set of KLH Nines, and a ton of gear, vinyl for sale! Maybe I'll see some of you! Glenn
  5. Some have used that thin black furniture liner used on the bottoms of couches, and chairs.
  6. I agree with Tom. I copied and pasted my response from another thread, the same applies to your 3's. Regarding their performance, I can almost guarantee they are no where near new performance, and what they are capable of, even after a recap. The mids are the big problem, which is very common. The flexable sealer around the base of the domes is now close to 55-60 years old, and most likely rock hard. This keeps the dome from moving, greatly diminishing their sound output. They can possibly be restored by Roy C., but you'll need to remove them from the cabinets and ship them to the U.S. The tweeters usually fare better, but often the dome has started to pop out from the VC gap, again pretty common. They can also be repaired here by Chris, who replaces the little foam dots, and reseals the dome at the base. I don't intend to scare you, but just give you the facts about these old speakers. I have 2 pairs of the 3's, one 1965, and also from 1960. The 1965's have been restored and sound fabulous. The 1960's were restored, but the mids will need Roy to restore them. These are special, and if you are serious about restoring and keeping them, then I suggest restoring them properly, they are worth it! Good luck! Glenn Look through the thread "Stopped for toilet paper, found some AR3's" thread. These are mine, and have lots of pics of the restoration and should be helpful for you to see what's involved.
  7. I agree with Tom. Regarding their performance, I can almost guarantee they are no where near new performance. Yours look completely original. The mids are the big problem, which is very common. The flexable sealer around the base of the domes is now close to 60 years old, and most likely rock hard. This keeps the dome from moving, greatly diminishing their sound output. They can possibly be restored by Roy C., but you'll need to remove them from the cabinets and ship them to the U.S. The tweeters usually fare better, but often the dome has started to pop out from the VC gap, again pretty common. They can also be repaired here by Chris, who replaces the little foam dots, and reseals the dome at the base. The third issue is corroded pots, which increase or decrease the mids and tweeters output. Often they have dead spots causing no sound to come from the drivers. They can be opened up, cleaned, and possibly reused if the disks are in good condition, and the pot wipers tips don't have holes, or are completely corroded away. I don't intend to scare you, but just give you the facts about these old speakers. I have 2 pairs of the 3's, one 1965, and also from 1960. The 1965's have been restored and sound fabulous. The 1960's were restored, but the mids will need Roy to restore them. These are special, and if you are serious about restoring and keeping them, then I suggest restoring them properly, they are worth it! Good luck! Glenn Look through the thread "Stopped for toilet paper, found some AR3's" thread. These are mine, and have lots of pics of the restoration which should be helpful for you to see what's involved.
  8. You want these. Several have used these with great results. Next time I need to replace the pots on my 3's, I'm getting 4 of these. Glenn https://www.ebay.com/itm/AR-3-AR-3a-AR-2-AR-2ax-AR-4-AR-4x-AR-5-wirewound-potentiometer-pot/163074984077?hash=item25f806c88d:g:mF0AAOSw4eJbEGaU
  9. Those are beautiful! Fantastic work on those! I really enjoy mine, though I've got a herd, they don't get as much listening time as they deserve. This weekend is the Peekskill Lodge AK meet, and after that, I think I'll put the 2's back in rotation for a while. Ive seen some nice custom stands for these. The base and top cut to match the cab shape, raised around 28-30 inches or so. Their size vs weight is quite surprising! Cheers, Glenn
  10. Well, another year has passed, and the 3's are sounding fabulous! For those with low output mids, don't hesitate to have Roy rebuild them. They continue to impress, and at good volume! I had a neighbor over last Sunday and demoed a few systems. He was amazed by the 3's, and shocked they are circa 1965! He thought they were "modern" speakers because of how new they look. I told him they have had extensive restoration work, and not all will sound this good.
  11. Any progress? Very interesting woofer in transition model.
  12. Contact JKent here on CSP. His repro's are excellent.
  13. Hey gents! This got burried, and figured in bump it back up. The upcoming Lodge meet in Peekskill NY, on the 14th is looking good. There will be some fantastic systems being demoed, including a restored pair of KLH Nines! Hopefully some of you can make it and hope to see you then! Cheers, Glenn
  14. Terrific, and somewhat rare speakers. You've received excellent advice. Keep going! I cut my dust caps as ra ra's pics illustrated. The open can lid approach insured perfect alignment when reglued later. Mine were in pretty rough shape when I found them on a CL listing. They required a complete re-veneer, gluing all six grill frames back together, and replacing the grill cloth, woofer refoam, and replacement of 6 blown tweeters. Roy C. recommended the HiVi tweeters with a minor crossover tweak and resistor addition. Your cabs are not bad at all. A light block sanding, and wipe on several applications of Watcos oil will make them look new! Cheers, Glenn
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