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  1. arken

    Ar3 midrange

    I have been looking for a few weeks and have not even seen a set for sale. I am going to give it till the end of the year or so to find a set. If not I will go another route. I would even consider buying another set using the mids and parting out the rest. With the cost of parts for ar3 I think I could re-coop a good bit of the cost but it's a crap shoot as to weather or not the mids are good or even repairable. Is there a chance the tweeters could be unrepairable as well? If I would have known all this I might have invested in a set of ARLST instead. At least I would have been able to get parts for them!!!!!!
  2. arken

    Ar3 midrange

    Has anyone heard the ar3a mid in the ar3 with the modifications? How does it sound? At the prices I'm getting for Ar3a midranges I'm thinking I could just use the mids in a second pair of 11's I got for a good price. Only paid 300 for the speakers and it would cost more than that for two ar3a mids on fleabay. I just hate bastardizing my 11's . Not a thing wrong with them, I just like the 11a's more.
  3. arken

    Ar3 midrange

    My problem is that even if you pay the money and get a used set there'd no guarantee they are any good? I have seen them before(ebay) but prices have really gone up in the last few years. I would hate to pay2-3 hundred only to find out there no good! Apparently there is a ar3a midrange that can be made to fit? I really don't want to do that but.........
  4. arken

    Ar3 midrange

    Well as luck would have it I sent my midranges to Larry at Vintage AR only to find out the voice coil is pinched in both of them and can not be repaired. He has only saw this one other time. So I'm in the market for a couple of midranges should anyone know someone who has a set they want to sell. These speakers were made in 1964 so I guess this should not surprise me but it sure was disappointing. I think he said he could convert another mid to work in there but I'm holding out for the originals. The cabinets were near perfect so I guess I have to take the good with the bad. I think father time has really gotten to these speakers. I've had both woofers done and the tweeters both have sound so hopefully this is it. Ken
  5. After 50 some odd years the mid-range does not want to come out of the cabinets!!! I can get a thin screwdriver in there but I don't want to booger up the face of the speaker. Any suggestions?
  6. My AR-3 Mid-range protective screening came off when I took off the grills. I was wondering if someone could recommend an adhesive to reattach them. Just want to be sure to use something that does a neat job and that you can't see. Thanks Ken
  7. arken

    AR 3 WIRING POTS

    Roy, I will be sending the woofer this week. I spoke with Larry and he said there is a chance that the cloth won't have to be removed. My plan is to go piece by piece and address each piece as I go. Is there a way I can test the midranges to see if they suffer the stiffened suspension you talked about or would I just need to send to you guys for inspection? I'm in no rush and really want to take the time to do these right. I have the 4 pots leftover from the 3a's (switched to l-pads)and 4 from the 3's I'm hoping to get 4 usable pots from the 8 I have. What do you usually secure the capacitors with ? I used an adhesive with the 3a's but would like to use something else to secure them with for a cleaner look? Look forward to working with you guys again on these. Thanks Ken
  8. arken

    AR 3 WIRING POTS

    All right I ordered my Kester 44 63/37 eutectic solder and aluminum flux along with my capacitors! I'll use the polys on another job or send back. I really want the 3's to sound like they were intended to sound. I'm a little nervous but I'll be ok. This will be my 3rd time, set of 11a's and a set of 3a's. When I started with Acoustic Research a while back I just knew I liked the sound and the look, I had no idea that I would enjoy the whole process of working on them. The 3's I purchased were from a fellow in Canada. Unbelievable physical condition but none of the tweeters or midranges worked and one of the woofers makes a popping sound. So I tested them (mids+tweeters) with an old low power receiver and they all work! I am sending the woofer to Larry at Vintage-AR who did a terrific job with the woofers in the 11's. I very much appreciate all the great advise I get from you guys. I am not really a mechanically gifted person but I can follow instructions. Thanks a bunch Ken
  9. arken

    AR 3 WIRING POTS

    There is a Kester 44 rosin core solder 60/40 .031 .05 oz. on eBay for 4.25 Sound like it? Thanks Ken
  10. arken

    AR 3 WIRING POTS

    Thanks For clearing that up. To be honest I was under the impression all the wire was aluminum. I am going to do just that with soldering where they go together first. Thanks For all the help in here! Ken
  11. arken

    AR 3 WIRING POTS

    Point well received, My problem in this is that I'm not familiar with soldering aluminum. From what I understand it's not something a person with limited experience soldering such as myself should be doing. Guess I could consider paying someone. Last thing I want to do is mess up a nice pair of 3's . Thanks to all for the input. Much appreciated. Ken
  12. arken

    AR 3 WIRING POTS

    When cleaning the pots should I just wire nut where I have cut? I really don't want to solder inside of a box? How about a butt splice? I'm assuming since the rest of the speakers are in very good shape that the pots are good enough to reuse? If not I have the ones from my 3a's that I replaced with l-pads. So no one answered my capacitor question? After doing a little searching on here I can see why, Because no one agrees lol I'm going to stick with the polys . Thanks For all your help guys!
  13. arken

    Capacitores for ar3 ?

    Anyone want to recommend capacitors for ar3? The more I read the more confused I become? I bought a set of polys- clarity's for the 6 and a set of Dayton's for the 24(2-12) but I'm wondering if that was really the way to go? Should I have just bought non polar electrolytic? That would seem to be closer to what's in there? I want to stay as original as possible. Thoughts? Thanks
  14. arken

    ar3 grills

    Wow that great , thank you!!
  15. arken

    ar3 grills

    Is it possible to get the grill off of an ar3 speaker without breaking it? I tried to get the first one off with no luck. The second one is on a near flawless ar3. I hate to damage it. It has the beige plastic feeling grill. I really would like to keep these grills even if the second one breaks as well. Is it possible to attach these to frames I got from Vintage AR? The one speaker is just beautiful and the other looks very good. I want to keep these as original as possible. They don't need to be sanded down there fine the way they are. Though I do need to get in there to change the caps(there not the old oil caps) Any advice on the grills would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Ken
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