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  1. Nice Catch! The AR-3a look like one-owner beauties from someone who cared for them. And the Empire Troubadour was a masterpiece of machining; you can have a lot of fun restoring it to like-new. The cartridge in the arm looks like it might be a Shure, but the one sitting on the lid in the next-to-last photo appears to be an Empire. They used to package the Troubadour 598 with the Empire 1000ZE/X cartridge, and it was an excellent combination - the 1000 is a much-underrated cartridge. Here's some history on Empire: https://www.psaudio.com/copper/article/empire-part-1/
  2. There have been several discussions of this topic over the years, with some very good opinions presented. Here's a couple of threads:
  3. Beautiful, lakecat. Your patience and effort really paid off - what a great job! This might be my new favorite look for the AR-3a.
  4. Counting the threads is just the sort of thing an AR enthusiast would do!
  5. That series of drivers usually sell for about $60-$100, each in excellent working condition.
  6. Such a difference from walnut veneer - which is beautiful, of course - but the unfinished pine just looks unique. Great project, lakecat!
  7. Any chance that you could sketch a room layout with dimensions, furnishings & your listening spot? As other guys have noted, the AR-9 can be adapted to less-than-perfect circumstances, so maybe there's still a chance that you can get them to work. Also - have you double-checked your connections for polarity?
  8. Assuming the issue is bass-related, but can you better describe the problem?
  9. That's an especially fine job on the cabinet restoration - they look like new. Congratulations, AR55!
  10. With the Classic-style binding posts, the soldered ring connector is about as sure and accident-proof a hookup as possible; assuming there's no need for a quick connect/disconnect, of course. Most pre-cut & terminated cables use either a spade or banana plug as a connector; the soldered rings have fallen out of common usage, which is yet another sign of general slippage in the universe.
  11. On the benefits of using 12 gauge wire: why not continue it into the speaker, itself? Why not replace the LST's original 18 or 16 AWG internal wire with 12 gauge? Or 10 gauge? I guess I'm asking why the magic of heavy-gauge wire should stop at the speaker terminals? And what happens when the signal gets to the itty-bitty wire used in resistors & capacitors?
  12. It's great when things work out, right? Looking forward to many photos of the pair!
  13. Wow. They look like new - congratulations!
  14. It's a mystery why anyone would choose to re-wire the entire harness with the same color-jacketed wire. Also, some of the soldering work looks less than stellar, which could certainly cause issues. As a rule of thumb, members generally favor replacing any original Callins black & red capacitors, and maybe (maybe not) replacing the Sprague caps. Unless they've been monkeyed with, the coils are probably fine. Resistors are easily tested, and cheap to replace if necessary. Within reason, it's hard to guess what would cause damage to the autoformer. The level switches and their
  15. I bought a pair of AR-3 with rough unfinished cabinets from a collector in Philly, back in the late '80s. Actually, he was more of an "accumulator", having a basement full of equipment, and he kept an inventory in his head. I think the price was $50, and I only held onto them for a short while, but they sounded excellent - even the pots worked well.
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