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About amanteyzapata

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    Rhode Island
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    I am completely hooked on East Coast sound speakers. My favorite running speakers are in my home office--a DIY Bozak Concert Grand and 1973 Realistic Optimus 7 speakers.

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  1. Did these get sold? I live in RI but sometimes go up to NH. -Joseph
  2. Hi Steve, I know this is an old thread but I really appreciate your advice on all things vintage! I just acquired some VR 40 speakers and was wondering if there is any advice for recapping them? Thanks, -Joseph
  3. Hi Geoff, I've had my trusty AR 91 speakers for several years now. They have been recapped and I spread the poly foam a little better than the role I saw tossed in one speaker with no love. I also added a little extra fiberglass foam with great success. In my opinion, the more power you can give an AR91 the better. It's almost more demanding than the AR9LSi pair that I have...seems backwards I know but that is my experience. I have a Sansui 8080 and love it very much. It makes any speaker sound better than it ought to. I have never heard the AU919. So, if it were me, I would go wi
  4. I have had a number of speakers pass in and out of my house and will concur that polyfill seemed to bring out the stupid in some people. In a pair of AR91s I restored, one speaker simply had a roll tossed in. The other was laid out better. In a DCM Timewindows speaker, one had an empty soda can thrown in. I did not alter anything with the Timewindows (son owns it now) because it was the most poly stuffed speaker I have ever witnessed. I also never messed with that pair because they sure had some low notes that I was not expecting...sounded great with jazz articulation which they are known
  5. I'm so happy to hear this study! Unfortunately, I have to be brief. I did nearly the same comparison but with a Luxman 1050 and Ar3s. The sound was nearly the same but the AR91s seemed more rewarding in the upper range. I kept them even though I painstakingly restored the AR3s and sending the mids to Larry in NYC.
  6. Just getting back on this thread. Wow! That paint job is awesome!! If I still had my two pairs of 94s I would have gone your direction even though mine were in good shape. I think I mentioned somewhere on Audiokarma that it seemed the 94 on up to 91 series (I still have my beloved 91s) were not always quality controlled. My 91 and one pair of 94 had a role of foam tossed in, folded…not much either. The other 94 had it nicely spread with a shaped cup shape around the woofer. You saying yours was crammed would be an additional experience I haven't had (except maybe for my AR90s). Als
  7. I've seen those but never heard them…Guessing they beat Bose hands down and would make a great garage/workshop speaker. I'm probably the wrong person to ask since my wife allowed me to put my AR90s in our garage to accompany the stuff I do. I know, a slight insult but not really. I use them often so they get my respect. Still, those look small enough to hang up high and feel good. Your call!
  8. Yours look great! I mostly post over at Audiokarma and it has been a while since I owned AR94 speakers (moved on up to AR9LSi!) but I liked them. I did end up adding fiberglass (Home Depot) to the polyfiber that was in there and it seemed to tighten things up a little without loss to bass. Also, I couldn't stand the stock tweeter so I followed someone's suggestion at Audiokarma (sorry, forget his handle right now) and that made a huge difference. The tweeter came from Parts Express and was cheap, a near perfect match numbers-wise. I just enlarged the hole a little. Other than that, these
  9. Um, how much? BTW, I live in RI so not too far from MA. -Joseph
  10. Hi Steve and Roger, this thread is very old but useful on the internet so want to add. As a Classical musician and professor I have a living room with wood floors and a grand piano. My wife, who is not a musician, has had to deal with that piano whenever we moved. In that room, I have a Luxman 1050, Technics turntable and AR91s carefully restored by me…they sound great. I just picked up some ADS L1590s and am blown away by their sound. Yes, generally, they sound a bit like warmer ARs but their midrange and tweeter talents…well, livelier. I still remember the sweetness of my former AR3 sp
  11. I know this is an old listing but am wondering if you ever sold your AR3 woofers? I actually only need one for an AR3 I am restoring. Thanks, -Joseph (Rhode Island)
  12. Whoa, those ARE early! Contact Paolo Lippe directly, he's the Cizek expert here and all over, and then please tell us how yours sound!! I've just acquired another pair of the Model 1s for my home office and am in absolute heaven. Mine have realistic highs, mids and go low but someone suggested sinning and quietly adding a powered subwoofer for the music I listen to. I'm mostly Classical but I love loud movie soundtracks and Classic rock. We'll see. Good luck, -Joseph
  13. Since posting some pics of my Model 1 pair I thought it might be helpful to some if I mentioned I replaced the surround on the problem woofer I had. With the AR speakers I normally just do it by touch and have never missed. However, these Cizeks have a tight gap and it required me cutting off the dustcap...well, actually I cut 99% of it so I could flip it back down and glue it. Contrary to most modern dustcaps that are made of thin paper, the Cizeks use thick cardboard so it was a chore cutting it. I then cut three slices of 3x5 card paper, oiled those just a tiny bit and slipped them in
  14. I've been talking to Paolo and he wanted pictures. Thought you'd like to see these, serial nos. 2702 & 2704. I live in Rhode Island and went to an estate sale (my first) on a whim...expecting to find some large KLH speakers. When I got there the KLHs were already gone but then I saw these. Only one had the Cizek decal. The surrounds were long gone and so far I've refoamed them but have a problem with voice coil rub...probably from the cones drooping down free for a long time. One has a tiny sweet spot to play it for now, the other is going to stay offline until I have enough money to s
  15. I've got a small office in a finished basement with two AR94Sx sitting on top of two New Large Advent. They can be A-B switched but I like the combination of them. I noticed an incredible improvement in sound once I got the AR94Sx'es off the floor...so yes, go for it! Guess I should mention the NLA speakers are stock and the AR94 speakers were stock until recently when I swapped out the working stock tweeters with Daytons. Found the AR94Sx tweeters harsh as some have said...confirmed that when I raised them. BTW, I'm new to collecting speakers but I'm a music prof so I "use" my ears all d
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