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  1. Lucky Pierre

    AR-4x torn tweeter repair

    Excellent! I will try the lens paper idea, then color it once the glue has dried. Pictures will follow.
  2. Lucky Pierre

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

    Great tips! Thanks again. I'll post pics when I start on the cabinets.
  3. Lucky Pierre

    AR-4x torn tweeter repair

    Thanks Robert. I don't know how they sound yet. I have not hooked them up. Maybe rolling papers instead of coffee filter paper? If I go that route, should I just span the tear and glue from the front? I think I can carefully brush glue on and around the tear and work from the "short" side of the tear to the "long" side and have most of the cone adhere to the patch. Or, should I glue the patch up to the long side of the tear, let that set, then glue the patch across the long tear? Does that make sense? Or should I just not worry about it and sell them to my brother when the rest of the resto is done? P
  4. Lucky Pierre

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

    So, the weather is getting warm enough to spray lacquer. Does anyone have any tips for lacquering over stain? I have been trying to get some information on the original stain used, but the company is not returning my calls. I was going to try to steam out some of the dents in the veneer, but I think I will leave them as battle scars. I plan on sanding 150, 180, 220, then staining red mahogany. I have only used oil-based stains in the past. I assume that if I use an oil based stain I should let it cure for at least a week before I lacquer. Do I need to use a sealer between the stain and the lacquer? I plan on using multiple coats of gloss lacquer, followed by a final coat of semi-gloss. I will probably use rattle cans, unless I can borrow a HVLP sprayer. Thanks! L_P
  5. Lucky Pierre

    AR-4x torn tweeter repair

    Greetings, What is the best way to repair a small tear in the tweeter? Should I try to separate the entire tweeter from the baffle and repair from behind using a paper coffee filter? Or could I glue it from the front using a small hook out made out of a thin straight needle and go in from the front to hold the cone in place while glue dries? Thanks!
  6. Lucky Pierre

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

    Got it!
  7. Lucky Pierre

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

    Quick update: Day 4 with these and I keep thinking that this is the sound I have been looking for. I picked up the Marantz 240 today, along with a 120B tuner. I think the journey with this system is over. I picked up material for repairing the grills yesterday. I found a post in my research, I think by lakecat, that suggested using electrical tape to attach the grill cloth. I might try that route rather than glue. I'll start that next weekend. I'm really looking forward to the cabinet work, but that will have to wait until spring so I can do the work outdoors. I'm going to try my hand at spray can lacquer, to keep the finish original. Pics to come in a few months. Peter
  8. Lucky Pierre

    AR2ax makes a candle!

    Kudos Charlie! You just summed up so much of my early 90s listening.
  9. Happy New Year all. Just to update: I think I have decided that I might not be a tube guy. I am sure if I found the right speakers, I would be. I just don't want to spend the time to find the "right" speakers. I think I am going to divest of some gear and get a Marantz 240 to go with the 7T. I'm listening to the AR3s now on a 100+ watt Carver (specs are hard to find for a 4 ohm load). I've certainly not heard in my own home something that sounds this good. Peter
  10. Lucky Pierre

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

    I cleaned the pots and recapped yesterday. These speakers are glorious! First I tried them on an NAD T748 (100-125 watt at 4 ohm) in analogue bypass mode. I was completely blown away. Then I tried them on a Marantz T7 preamp and a pair of Webster 30 watt 2A3 monoblocks. They lost everything that made them sound good. Muddy, dull, and lifeless. Tonight I swapped the Websters for a Carver TFM-6cb (rated at 100 watts into 4 ohm). The first song up was Hendrix's Little Wing. Just incredible! I'd love to hear these in a larger room. I have also decided, based on a year or so of observation, that I don't think I am a tube guy. Part of the problem is that all of my speakers are not that sensitive. But I have also found that all of my speakers sound better on the SS NAD, vs. the Websters or my recapped and retubed Dynaco Mk III. So, I've decided to divest of most of my tube gear. I have my eye on a Marantz 240 to compliment my T7 pre. I'll post pictures when I start the cabinet restoration.
  11. Lucky Pierre

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

    Caps arrived. Restoration starting soon. The grill fell off the midrange while one speaker was sitting on its side on my bench. Can I just glue it back on? Peter
  12. Lucky Pierre

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

    I'm pretty sure it is cadmium. I think the rings around the back side of the woofer are (were) cadmium plated.
  13. Lucky Pierre

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

    I wiped it off with a mineral spirits dampened rag and did not breathe it.
  14. Lucky Pierre

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

    A question--should I do anything about the cadmium corrosion on the woofer magnet cover? Peter
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