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Hi all, new member here just got my first ever pair of AR speakers! They were given to me by a family friend who is elderly, her husband passed on and her sons were going to throw these away, she kindly stopped them and asked me if i wanted them, she really wanted to pass them on as her husband was a music lover. So i have started to restore them but have a few questions, this seems like the best place to get good advice! One of my tweeters seems to have had a hard life and needs replacing, the other one is like new and working well. The bad tweeter does produce sound but sounds dull. You'll see in the images i used a dayton dats v2 to measure and test the drivers. Can i find a suitable replacement? Maybe find a second hand tweeter from this model or a 4ax? I believe this had the same tweeter? I have also seen this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/193009544680?ul_noapp=true could this be a suitable replacement? I also have a pair of ar 18b tweeters, thought i could use these for the moment until i source a suitable replacement. Thoughts on the potentiometers and old sprague capacitor? From what i've read the pots can be cleaned up if not to oxidized but also a straight new l-pad 8 ohm replacement is also fine.
Hello All, My Name is Sudhir and I write from India. I am very happy to have found this forum of great know how and people with expert knowledge of these wonderful speakers. I have owned a few AR's in India. These are quite a rarity in this country and I have been relentlessly searching to get my hands on more of these speakers. I have a AR18J, the TSW210 and the TSW510 (Dads). Of all these the AR18's are my favorite. I bought them from a guy 15 years ago for some 15$. At that point one of the speaker was not working . A quick inspection revealed that one of the lugs had come off at the woofer. These little speakers have been paired with a Rotel RA - 414 for the last 15 years and have been with a friend when I left the country and are back with me now. Now the 18s were not in the best shape when I got them , but have always sounded nice and rounded. The woofer material seemed to have been replaced locally and I have been searching for a replacement original on ebay for a while and nothing seems to turn up. I see a lot of replacements for the B and BX suffix models , but none for the J suffix. The aim is to return the speakers cosmetically to the condition they were when new. I am willing to CNC the box to exact specs and use the old front baffle as I love the typography on them! Recap the speakers Silver internal wire Use new / refurbish connectors on the rear. I know i will not get the original veneer colour, but will substitute with something very close. Here are some pictures of the speakers and the listening setup. I know i have placed the speakers horizontally, but will have them back vertical as soon as I get the stands shortened! Picture 1: How it looks from the front 2: The typography and front baffle 3. Crossover : Everything seems to original 4. The fill seems to have been added at a later stage. See the colour difference? 5. Woofer front 6 , 7 and 8: Rear of woofer (Seems to be original) 9 and 10. Cabinet disintegration as I moved them around for the pictures! 11 and 12. The original foam grilles in a very delicate shape. 13 and 14 . My listening setup! Experts! Waiting for your suggestions!!!!! Thanks and Regards, Sudhir