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Would you touch these with a 10’ pole?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Darby Crash, May 16, 2018.

  1. Darby Crash

    Darby Crash Active Member

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    Ive read everything i can find about them and the founders philosophy about reflective sound. They can be saved but the antique shop stall owner is asking $99. They have been there for months. They are missing a mesh top so it will prob never be replaced or could be made. I think i might offer $25. Cabinet of 1 is ruff
     

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  2. petehall347

    petehall347 the brandy coffee man Subscriber

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    think you might be best off looking for good ones . or take those away for no cost .. some people might have the means to fix those up . not me .
     
  3. Ds2000

    Ds2000 All About every cool stereo component. Subscriber

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    Those are really cool but are also in really rough shape. If the drivers work, maybe offer the $25. The rest of the work will require a lot of time and effort. They are a fun speaker when working properly.
     
  4. BillWojo

    BillWojo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I picture a little GI Joe doll trying to rock climb on all those protrusions. Funky looking speakers.

    BillWojo
     
  5. KingBubba

    KingBubba "Too Much Stuff" Subscriber

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    Let it go. Nothing but pain in those.
     
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  6. RxDx

    RxDx Speaker collector Subscriber

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    Carlsson says it hits 29hz +/- 3db? For a 6.5" "mid-bass"? At least you
    wouldn't have to upgrade 8 tweeters. It would still be a labor of love.
     

     

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  7. Splatter Pak

    Splatter Pak High-End Scrounger

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    I would not take those home if they were free.
     
  8. maxhifi

    maxhifi AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I would probably want to buy them, if the seller dropped the price. They aren't that common and are a neat design.
     
  9. 62vauxhall

    62vauxhall AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    It's a 30 plus year old memory but I had use of a pair of those for a year or so and thought they sounded pretty good. Much better than what I thought they would based on looks and cabinet volume.

    But at least they're a manageable size if you chose to restore them.
     
  10. gdmoore28

    gdmoore28 Super Member

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    If the drivers work, I'd buy them for $25. I've read a couple of good reviews by owners who seemed very objective in their review. But, I'd feel much more enthused by them if the price was closer to $10.

    GeeDeeEmm
     
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  11. savatage1973

    savatage1973 Addicted Member

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    Maybe with a 10' pole, but not with a $100 bill. Those are rough, and if you should need replacement drivers (tweeters), can you even find them?
     

     

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  12. motorstereo

    motorstereo AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Spending money on crap like that is what prevents one from owning quality gear.
     
  13. dzkfraser

    dzkfraser Well-Known Member

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    Get 'em cheap and make it a long term project, won't be fixing them up overnight. probably cost more to fix than they are worth but think of the space you will be saving in the landfill. I'd probably get them if the price was right, but that's just me, I love a challenge
     
  14. savatage1973

    savatage1973 Addicted Member

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    So do I, but I hate to put myself "deep in the hole" unless it is for something that I really want. I am not a "flipper" into this hobby to make money, but I don't like the idea of losing my a$$ on something, just to prove I could fix it.
     
  15. dzkfraser

    dzkfraser Well-Known Member

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    Jesus Saves
     
  16. knockbill

    knockbill Addicted Member

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    I agree to pass them up... I'd really have to think hard about taking them for free,,, But I've been offered free speakers before... A pair of OLAs,,, and two nice pair of Criterions...
     

     

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  17. quiet

    quiet AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I think they're condition is worse than they look. And what goes on top? Where is it? I don't see any warm fuzzy feeling coming at the end of that expensive time consuming project. Just buyers remorse. They're to far gone.
     
  18. tarior

    tarior Dirty pool, old man? Subscriber

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    My main concern would be insuring that the tweeters work.
     
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