ADS L2030 Restoration

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by MATT0404, Dec 22, 2017.

  1. 2chman

    2chman Well-Known Member

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    As an aside, it does my heart good to see the following ADS speakers have here. They really "floor my boat" so to speak and it's nice to see that it's a shared opinion.I get "UPGRADE itis" on a regular basis (sometimes for no particular reason) but since the L1590 arrived (short a pair of 2030's) I have been cured of this curse.
     
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  2. Spiceman50

    Spiceman50 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I know that feeling well 2chman, I was so happy to find AudioKarma when I picked up a pair of ADS's. I had nobody to share my joy with. I'm still very much interested in finding a pair of L910's or a set of L1530's. Not forgetting about the L2030's, room or no room I'll move furniture out to own a set of those. Just seems to me those mentioned, are always up North too far for me to come get.
     
  3. MATT0404

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    It's not so much that they all needed rebuilt, I just prefer to rebuild them all and be done with one fell swoop of the checkbook. Some may find error in this mentality, but I don't want to chase driver failures with repeated and lengthy periods of downtime. I know for sure there were at minimum 3 mids and 1 woofer with distortion, so I decided to just rebuild them all and be done with it. It's a large expense but it's unlikely that I'll ever have to do it again.

    There's always been a strong ADS following here on AK. I got a severe case of upgraditus when I sold my 1530s and ran the speaker gauntlet with what I expected to be upgrades only to be disappointed (save for a wonderful pair of Aerial Acoustic 10T's). That experience should help keep me in check if I ever get the upgrade bug in the future. The L2030s will stay.
     
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  4. 2chman

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    I started a thread "somewhere" asking "where to go from here" ie l1590''s and only got a couple ideas and they all were 3k plus used and 10k plus new. ADS are hard to beat except by other ADS speakers it seems!
     
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    @Glenn.... Just busting your ....a bit Broski... :) no offense meant whatsoever. Cheers from the North...Jer
     
  6. rudedogg

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    When your done, those are going to be better then new! I can only imagine what 2030s can be, especially after hearing the 1530s you had.
     
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  7. GD70

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    Oh I know that! Cheers back at ya!
     
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  8. mike0565

    mike0565 ADS speaker nut Subscriber

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    Matt, I understand your thought process on refurbishing all the drivers. I went through the same exact thing when I came across a left for dead pair of L1590/2's for a cheap price. However, I bought a pair of 1530's that had an issue with the voice coils rubbing on two of the four woofers. I sent everything mids & tweets and woofers to Richard and everything turned out great. Went to sell, (too big, it was a bucket list speaker) and thought that I could get out at least what I had into them and that's all that I wanted but it didn't happen. I learned my lesson. With the 1590's, I knew going in that this could happen again, but the 1590's are a much better match for my room. If it was any other Ads model, I wouldn't have done it. Would I do a refurb on another vintage speaker? No, absolutely not. Just be careful and don't be surprised when and if you decide to sell, you don't get your asking price. Regards, Mike.
     
  9. Speakerbox

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    DROOL!!
     
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  10. GD70

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    Mike makes good points. Not many people have the space for speakers the size of the 1530's, 910's etc... so selling can be difficult.
    But, when an opportunity presents itself, be it 1590's, 910's, 2030's, any of the larger speakers that are special and rare, you jump if you can. I don't plan to sell my 910's. If a set of 2030's fell into my lap, a deal just too good to pass up, damn right I'm grabbing them, and ask questions later, and then start to think about what I would sell to make room.
     
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  11. 2chman

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    Oh hell yes! Can always knock a wall out! LOL
     
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  12. MATT0404

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    Thanks for your insight, Mike. I understood the investment going into this project and knew it wouldn't be cheap. I want it done right and done right the first time. I'm not looking for ROI, I just want to enjoy a rare pair of speakers in as-close-to-new condition as possible.

    I don't know what kind of inventory Richard has on hand, but these parts won't be available forever. That's something I took into consideration when making my decision to rebuild the drivers. It makes sense, at least to me, to get it done now while the parts and knowledge are still readily available.
     
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  13. GD70

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    This is exactly my thinking when I had the mids and tweeters rebuilt for my 910's. They sounded great, it was more for preventive measures, knowing they will sound like new for another 30 plus years. With your 2030's, even more so as they are far more rare.
     
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    Sweet Pics!!!
     
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  15. bent14u

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    Knew a fellow had a pair in Peoria Ill, wished I'd picked them up........
     
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  16. Mr Owl

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    Me too w/ my 1290's. They sounded great before I did it, but once I decided they were keepers, my motivation was to get them done while I could. And the sound did improve too. Money well spent.
     
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  18. GD70

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    Love how freshly restored drivers look from Richard. Like gems!
    What's the eta for the remaining drivers?
     
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  19. mcyuke

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    Beautiful!
    I'd love to get my L1290 mids and tweeters rebuilt at some point when I can actually get them setup in a room where I can listen to them more often.
     
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