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  1. Lucky Pierre

    Listened to to AR-3’s for first time.

    Nice! I have a pair of mahogany veneered 3s waiting on restoration. It will be my first time hearing AR-3s when they are done.
  2. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    If I am not mistaken, I don't think body shops can't spray lacquer in Massachusetts. Furniture guys can, though. I found out tonight at dinner that my brother has a spray booth in his new shop. Looks like I'll have to learn how to spray lacquer!
  3. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    Hi David. This is exactly why I want to find someone that is set up already for lacquer. I have a friend around the corner that is pretty good with lacquer, but he doesn't have a spray booth. I would have to wait until spring to spray outdoors.
  4. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    I just finished my AR-5s, except for the grills. Now it is on to the 3s. I hope to have the caps replaced and pots cleaned in the next two weeks. The cabinet restoration won't start until after Christmas. In the meantime I am looking for someone local that is set up to spray lacquer. I'll post pics of my progress. Peter
  5. Lucky Pierre

    WHAT COLOR ARE MY AR3'S?

    Funny that this thread was resurrected. I was about to ask the color stain to use to match as closely as possible the original color of lacquered mahogany 3's
  6. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    I will start on the caps and pots as soon as I have the parts. I think the cabinet might have to wait until after Christmas. I put a Festool 5" random orbit sander on my list ?
  7. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    Those are beauties, lakecat. PM sent.
  8. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    Now that is an interesting idea...
  9. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    Thanks again, Jeff. If I do decide on lacquer, I would have take them to someone that can spray. I trust myself to rattle can lacquer something small. Not these. I have a pair of Realistic Delta 12 speakers with a lacquer finish. It is really pretty when the veneer is not all beat up. I mentioned earlier that I probably won't start on these for a couple of weeks. I'll post on my progress. Peter
  10. Greetings, I am recapping the crossovers is my AR-5's. I have the wax block 24 and 72 MFD caps with three wires going to it. If I read the schematic correctly, the black wire goes to the 72 MFD cap, the green wire to the 24 MFD cap, and the blue wire seems to be a common (-). Do I just cut the wires at the block and solder the blue (-) to both the the 24 and 72? It might be a silly question, but I am better when I can see things.
  11. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    Thanks genek. I think Jeff is correct that these are lacquered mahogany. I don't intend to re-lacquer them. I am thinking of sanding, then finishing with multiple coats of Watco Danish oil. I think that with the amount of scratches I probably won't try to iron them out. I'll just refinish and be happy with the patina. I have a pair of AR-7 in mahogany. Their veneer was in worst shape than the 3's, except without the scratches. The Danish oil gave them a beautiful finish.
  12. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    Thanks for the great advice. Yes, the cabs have seen better days, but it's mostly scratches with little lost veneer. I will have to ponder whether I want to try lift the scratches or just sand them and love the patina. I might try the iron method on the bottom of one to check out the results. The steel strap covered the pot switches with little pieces of foam wedged between them. I think he just wanted the pots to stay where he liked the settings. He is an interesting fellow--I am not going to wonder his motives beyond that. LC, I'll PM you when I am nearing the grills. I'll try gluing them. If that doesn't work, I'll take Kent's advice on the MDF. Tom, I will definitely test the drivers before I try to take them out. I would rather not have to remove them. Peter
  13. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    I picked up the speakers today. They need a full restoration. These are well loves speakers. There are a lot of scratches, some deep, but the corners are intact. There are a few small chips in the veneer that I am not going to worry about. You'll notice two small screw holes in either side of the pots. The PO attached a small piece of steel spanning the pot switches. The holes do not go through. Nothing that a refinishing won't take care of. There's no sound from either the tweeters or the mids. I did find a spot on the mid pot on one speaker where I got sound. Once I remove the tweeters and mids and verify if they are good, I'll send them out to be rebuilt. The woofer have cloth surrounds that are still sealed. They take a good second and a half or so to return after being depressed. The grill frames are plastic and broken. I might be able to glue them, but I'll probably remake them with 1/4" plywood or masonite. Are there opinions on which will flex enough to install them? I'll start ordering parts this week. Hopefully they will be done in a month or so. I have four other speaker projects going on now, so I won't get to start on these for about two weeks. I'll post pictures of my progress. L_P
  14. Lucky Pierre

    A pair of AR-3 fell into my lap this week

    Thanks lakecat. I plan on giving them a listen before I buy.
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