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    Former FOH mix engineer, OLA former owner, AR3a lust after-er, Ohm F former owner, Scan Speak current owner, AR5 interested.

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  1. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Thank you!
  2. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Thank you, Bob! Will do, definitely!
  3. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Success! The spider is installed, and I've attached the new surround, and the dustcap. I have yet to solder the leads. I tested my repair, manually (no VC rubbing) and with a signal (it works, no noises!), and I am thrilled! I had to "shave" the Masonite landing ring slightly to make up for the difference in spider depth from the original. I used an X-Acto blade, new, and carefully went round and round the landing until I had a uniform cut on it. I used five minute epoxy to secure the spider to the cone, and once that had set up for a good couple of hours, I applied five minute epoxy to the landing and attached the spider to it. I used shims to center the VC, and to keep friction on the cone assembly so the spider had good pressure on the landing. Once all of that had set up, I glued the surround on, starting with the cone, letting it set during the day. In the evening I glued the surround to the basket, using laundry clothespins to hold the surround in place to the basket. This morning, I removed the clothespins, tested my work, and then installed the dust-cap. I've yet to solder the leads to the terminal, that's the last step. Next I'll recap the crossovers, and then address the tweeters.
  4. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Thanks for that, Frank! If I messed mine up, that would make a good fall back. There is also a pair of woofers on eBay right now, too.
  5. sarals

    How Long Have You Owned AR Speakers?

    I had a pair of (used) AR-4x's for three years, from 1972 - 1975, back when I was in college. I've been "AR-less" until I bought the AR-2ax's I have last year. Now I also own AR5's. Where does it end???
  6. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    The recone kit from The Speaker Exchange arrived today. Very nice! There were two spiders, one cupped, one flat. Both fit correctly over the voice coil, but neither one was correct in depth to sit on the landing properly and get the VC where it needed to be in the gap. The cupped spider was the closest to the original, but it still caused the VC and cone to sit slightly proud of the pole piece and basket. Pondering.... I considered, momentarily, using the entire recone kit - cone, VC and all - and totally revamping the woofer. However, the cone in the kit is made quite differently than the original. It seems more rigid, and I would bet it would sound noticeably different from the original. The parts are beautifully made, and it's a very nice kit. However....
  7. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Thank you!
  8. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    The AR2ax recone kit I found on eBay arrived yesterday, and wouldn't you know it, the voice coil diameter is smaller than my AR5's 1.5 inch VC. I considered opening up the spider that came with the kit, but I discovered that won't work because it's a cupped spider, not a flat one like the original. It wouldn't sit properly on the masonite ring landing. So, I ordered a spider from Speaker Exchange. I'm looking at a fairly slow process to restoring these AR5's of mine. The tweeters are going to be expensive, no matter what route I take, so budgeting will be in order! They'll be the last thing to be addressed on this adventure.
  9. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Bob, you're too late! I already glued on the domed cap.
  10. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Gentlemen, this is great - thank you! I left the flat dust caps on the woofers of my AR-2ax's when I refoamed them. It certainly was easy to cut a semicircle in the dustcaps and fold them back. They flattened back out and reglued with zero issues. On the AR-5, yes I do want to keep them as original as possible, but I decided, just to differentiate them a little bit from the AR-2ax woofers, to go ahead and use the domed dustcap Vintage AR provided in the kit. Let's just call it "artists license"! Yes, I should be a little chagrined because I stress originality, but I do hope you'll all forgive me this one indiscretion. @RoyC, I have a question about the spider in these AR-5 woofers. I've discovered they sit on a masonite ring where they are glued to the basket. I don't recall such a ring in the AR-2ax woofers I worked on. (That doesn't mean they weren't there, though. @ra.ra thank you for the kind words! @lARrybody I noticed some resistors across the mid/tweeter terminal on the AR-5's you pictured. Interesting!
  11. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Here is the progress on woofer number two. I've refoamed three woofers now and have gotten more proficient and a little faster at it! In the last photo, the dustcap is not glued down, it was placed for a visual. I decided to use the dustcaps that came with the kit rather than reglue the originals. They don't look bad, and they will not affect the performance of the driver.
  12. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Roy! I appreciate the endorsement of Chris1's work. Thank you!
  13. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    Fellas, I've been looking at @Chris1this1's posts around the forum, looking at his work. My goal is to keep these speakers as original as possible, and to hear them as AR intended back in 60's and 70's. I'm not in a rush to get these AR'5s working, but I will contact @Chris1this1 about having the tweeters rebuilt, hopefully in the next couple of months. I'm up to my elbows in woofers right now (I just refoamed the "good" one). Next step is going through the crossovers, measuring the caps (and probably replacing them), and cleaning the pots. Tweeters will be last.
  14. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    I just did a battery check on the tweeters. Neither has any output. Using the multimeter showed one at 16.57 ohms, and the other open. They both need restoration or replacement.
  15. sarals

    I Have AR-5's

    More adventures... It was not possible to save the spider. It had a tear that extended well into the pleats from the ripped piece still adhered to the cone. There was another tear on the other side of spider, as well. When I removed it, I discovered that it sat on a masonite ring. Hmmm. That I wasn't aware of. Do the 2ax woofers also have this ring under the spider, or is it an AR5 "exclusive"? Thinking out loud, I wonder if it's there to allow the basket to be used with a longer voice coil bobbin, giving the AR5 more excursion? Just wondering... I removed all of the glue from the area of the basket where the new surround will bed. The cone came away unscathed. The voice coil and former look perfect. I see no signs of heat distress, rubbing or bottoming. Good! Yes, I have cleaned up the mess from scraping off all of that glue! Even though the VC gap is taped off, I still intend to clean it thoroughly. I await the eBay spider. I do hope it has a 1.5 inch cutout!
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