AR3a HELP!!

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  1. VINTAGEO

    VINTAGEO Newbie in New B. Subscriber

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    I have a chance to get these AR 3a's for a good trade, but I am concerned about the woofer.
    Do these appear to be correct? ad_0_1507680183238 (1).jpg ad_1_1507680183243 (1).jpg ad_2_1507680183246 (1).jpg ad_3_1507680183251 (1).jpg AR3a 001.jpg AR3a 002.jpg
     
  2. StimpyWan

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    Those are vintage woofers, and they appear to have the truncated AR frame. So, they seem to at least be AR woofers, but maybe someone used different styled dust caps when the woofers were refoamed. Those should be worth a trade.
     
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  3. VINTAGEO

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    I'm not sure what you mean by truncated.. and just to be clear AR3A's not AR3, i think there would be a significant difference. The only thing I see incorrect is the dust cap, possibly the wire leads look long(AR QC?) I have seen other newer AR3A's with same woofers, unless it's the same set..lol
    I am no expert though and hence the question..
     
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  4. crazy-in-az

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    Truncated means that two sides of the woofer frame have been cut down flat to fit on that baffle. They look all original, except for the dustcap as already stated. It all depends on what you're trading to get them.
     
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    VIntage & I have been talking about these via PM's. They are clearly AR woofers. The question is are they original 3a woofers. The dust caps don't look original to me, but replacements from when they were refoamed. There's woofer images in the AR3a restoration guide, though not all show the magnets.
    There's a thread on the CSP site about AR9's, and Roy C. mentions the 9's woofers with a pic, that shows the same magnet as shown in the above pics. It would be helpful to see the top of the magnets to see what numbers are stamped on them.

    I restored a set of 3a's last spring. One had a service replacement woofer, also used for the AR9 among others. I could not hear any difference in sound between them. I asked Roy about it and he told me they all pretty much sound the same.

    Looking forward to what others opinions are.
     
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    My AR9 woofers for reference if helpful. Look similar.
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  8. VINTAGEO

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    Ha you changed your answer, I was answering yours then mine made no sense anymore, lol
    These don't have the indentations on the magnets..
     
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    Fisher Integrated. amp
     
  12. StimpyWan

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    Trying to type and play Destiny 2 at the same time! Sorry. I even confused myself, let alone you! :D
     
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    Oh yea, good luck with the trade. I'm working on a deal for some AR58s speakers. I hope that deal goes through too! :thumbsup:
     
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  14. VINTAGEO

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    Good luck to you too!
     
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  15. VINTAGEO

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    Well they sound pretty amazing! effortless sound I would describe it as..
     
  16. VINTAGEO

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    Sorry for double post and horrible pic!
     
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  17. RxDx

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    Yep, congrats. They are that good, at least to my ears.
     
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    Welcome to the Vintage AR club!
     
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    This is an AR 3a l have taken out to refoam

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    That's some serious East Coast vs. West Coast action in that room! And I believe East Coast seems to be winning. :beerchug:
     
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