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  1. RTally

    12.5 question

    KLH cloth surrounds are generally either brown/tan or black. I believe that the black surrounds were that way from the factory and just had carbon black added to the doping material. RoyC's goop will work on either type. I know 'cuz my KLJ Sixes have brown surrounds and my Twenties have black surrounds.
  2. Every woofer I have refoamed (dozens) have sounded better after several hours of use. My experience is that foams loosen up and go deeper with use.
  3. When doing the push test, after you push in, hold that position for at least 10 seconds so that the air pressure stabilizes. Then quickly release the cone to see how long it takes to return to resting position. One second or longer to return is good. Less than 1/2 second indicates air leakage, either through the surround or elsewhere.
  4. I am firmly in the camp of using a tone to magnetically center the voice coil. The advantage is you do not have to mess with the dust cap - no cutting out the dust cap, no gluing it back in. For the tone method, use a tone generator (I have an app on my phone) and play a 30 to 40 Hz Hz tone through the driver. Play the tone only loud enough that you can feel the cone move. I glue the inside of the surround to the cone and let it dry. Then I attach the leads from my stereo to the driver and get ready to play the tone. I glue the outer edge of the surround to the basket and then play the tone as I press the surround edge in place. Using Aleene's glue, I have a couple minutes to mess around with the cone and surround to ensure all is well. Before the glue sets, I turn off the tone and then play with the cone. Push it in evenly and see if you can hear or feel any scratching. Press on each side and see what you notice. I do this so that I can learn what happens when the cone is not centered. I then play the tone again to ensure the VC is centered while going around the edge of the surround to ensure it is seated and the glue is starting to cure. When I am satisfied, I turn off the tone and let the glue cure. Sometimes I clamp the surround to the basket to hold it in place. Other times I just keep pressing around the surround until the glue dries. Aleene's sets up in about 5 minutes. After the glue is cured, press the cone evenly around the VC to ensure there is no rubbing. I've done dozens this way and have never had a problem. You are done.
  5. Do the push test. Push in the woofer, hold for several seconds, and then quickly release. See how long it takes the cone to return to its normal position. Generally, anything over about 1/2 second is fine, with the better sealed speakers taking more than a second to return. If the cone pops back too quickly, you have a leak somewhere, either the surround or elsewhere.
  6. I have two pair of Dynaco A25 speakers. Three of the four speakers have the port on top. I have seen references to this version being called A25X, not to be confused with the A25XL.
  7. Mortite, as Aadams, points out above is commonly used. Many of the vintage speakers I've rebuilt have used something similar. I generally replace the original with fresh Mortite and I get a good seal on my drivers. It is readily available almost anywhere.
  8. Most times the glue in vintage speakers is easily lifted with a putty knife. At least, that is all I needed for dozens of speakers. I use the edge of the putty knife (a steel one, not plastic) to get under an edge of the glue and pry up. If the glue is hard, it cracks and comes away in pieces. Or if it is a bit soft, it pries up in on big piece. The alternative is to leave the glued parts in place and cut the leads. I solder new caps either to the left over leads or to their terminating point, depending upon which has easier access.
  9. RTally

    KLH 17 schematic?

    Does your Seventeen match this schematic? It is best to replace the caps with like-for-like values. Redesigning a crossover is not a trivial task. The KLH 17 crossover is not a simple first order filter. It is a 3x cascaded, first order filter that has a switchable FR for the tweeter. Each position of the switch has a different contour for the tweeter FR. The 3 ohm resistors in parallel with the 2 uF caps allow a portion of the signal to bypass the cap and has the effect of lowering the attenuation at higher frequencies. The frequency at which the attenuation changes and the amount of attenuation is a function of the switch position.
  10. You should be able to post pictures as long as they are no more than 100 kB in size.
  11. RTally


    Welcome to the forum. I hope you find all the information you seek.
  12. As further confirmation, my KLH Twenties have black cloth surrounds. The surrounds look original with the cloth fibers visible. RoyC's doping solution soaked just like it should, so my speakers were not coated with another, unapproved compound.
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    New lines and models?

    Villchur was granted several patents. One in GB and another in the US were specifically for acoustic suspension speakers. The US patent expired in 1973. Villchur's patents: https://patents.google.com/?inventor=Villchur&oq=Villchur I have no idea if he licensed his patents or if he just let others infringe.
  14. Often, a flapping or farting sound when playing heavy bass is due to the surround coming loose. I suggest inspecting the surrounds to ensure that they are still firmly attached all the way around to the cone and the basket. As for recapping, it depends. Generally, 40+ year old electrolytic caps have degraded. It is their nature. But the degree of degradation will vary. I recapped one A25 in my pair and could not tell the difference when I A/B the speakers. So I did not bother recapping the other speaker (the woofer was also stuck to the baffle firmly and I did not feel like fighting it). The cap in my A25 was a silver can type and not one of the Temple caps known to fail.
  15. RTally

    KLH Model Twenty

    I suggest you try them out. You might be surprised. I have a pair of Model Twenty's that I recapped and added binding posts, similar to what JKent did. I also have a pair of OLA and had a pair of NLA and Advent/1 and Legacy II. I like the 20s better, even if the OLA may dig a bit deeper.
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