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  1. I bet that sounds great! I've tried a 500C and other low powered tube amps with AR3's and 3a's and very much enjoyed the experience. I finally decided that for full time listening I preferred a bigger amp for my 3a's(which is the speaker I listen to the most, although I do enjoy my KLH Model Five's as well) so am using a a McIntosh MC2105. But I didn't want to give up tubes entirely so have a McIntosh C20 preamp driving the 2105, and the combination is just right for me.
  2. The MA"s can usually be found for what I would consider a reasonable sum plus they're less prone to failure then the much more expensive 1-30's.
  3. I believe CSP member Sonnar has done some changes to his AR2's of the type that Ken is considering. Perhaps he will see this thread and comment. I have used both JansZen 1-30 's electrostats and Micro Acoustic microstatic tweeters with my AR2's, and both additions were worthwhile. I presume some Realistic bullet super tweeters would works well also.
  4. I would suggest experimenting as much as possible. I've done that with my 3a's, and have found that they sound excellent no matter where I place them. I've had them on traditional 11" stands, both close to the walls, and pulled out further into the room. I've experimented with heights, placing them first about 3 feet up, then about 4 1/2 feet off the ground. With this placement, I have them lying horizontally, pushed back against the walls(actually, curtains that are in front of the walls). and the result is an excellent soundstage and deep bass. I suppose I'm trying to replicate the placement that people back in the day used when they would place them in bookshelves high off the ground, lying horizontally. For me, they sound best this way.
  5. Beautiful 2's, Nes! Congratulations on your great find. Looks like you're the right guy to do the restoration job, too. And thank you Tom for again providing such great and interesting history. I got my set of 2's (serial # 61825 & 61932)a couple years ago and have been rotating into the system with my 3a's ever since. I was fortunate enough to find a minty pair of JansZen 1-30 external tweeters not long after, and together with the 2's it's hard to believe such amazing sounds coming from a speaker set that is as old as I am(Also March '57). All original, too!
  6. I have a 2 motor, earlier "TA" version of the XA. It's been restored by Marc Morin, and it's a wonderful sounding and looking table. I rotate it with my other belt drive manual, a Fairchild 412. I have trouble deciding which one I like more. They're both great! I also have 3 automatic idlers that get a lot of time, particularly when I'm lazy. Hard to determine which table I could live with forever if I had to choose just one. Luckily, I don't(at least for now...).
  7. Hi, and welcome. Sounds like a wiring issue of some sort. Check your connections on the speakers, making sure that no wire is touching each other. That's the first thing that came to mind . What receivers are you using?
  8. I'm envious of Giorgio's collection, too! I like the 73. It needs some restoration, but as I said for what I use it for it meets my needs. Yes, it's a ZX-7.
  9. Giorgio you have a good memory. I do have a pair of 2's and still use them occasionally. They are completeley original, and I use them with a pair of JanZen 1-30 tweeter arrays. If I didnt have my 3a's I would use them a lot more. They presently sit under the 3a's so that when I want to use them, I simply remove the 3a's, put the 1-30's on top, and I'm ready for action. That is a 2105, but alas the tuner is only a lowly MR 73. But it meets my needs and does sound good.
  10. Beautiful job! How do you like them horizontally? I've tried mine both ways, and I think I like them vertically just a bit more. Seems like a I get a little better bottom end. But it's negligible and I could easily live with them horizontally if I had to.
  11. Welcome back! Love the Berkshires. Grew up outside of Boston(Newton) and spent a lot of time over the years in various locales out there. I'm now in California but would love to get back to a visit and see some old friends. Yes internet radio is great. I listen regularly to shows in New York, the UK, SoCal(in in Nor. California), and others. I still prefer a McIntosh tuner for local radio(we have a lot of good stations out here) and the fidelity is quite a bit better with, IMO. But the ability to listen to all kinds of shows from all over the world is a very good thing. And I'm happily listening through 3a's also.
  12. Got it. Thanks. These are priced at $2200. They look nice and fairly unmolested, but like I said too much for my blood, and I'm happy enough with my 3a's and 2's at this point.
  13. Different seller. Mine is in NorCal, the Ebay is in SoCal. And mine is selling them for several hundred more. He claims that the speakers "this speakers plays but need to move the nubs back and forth to get them to play.I can don't know if all parts are originals.Thanks." I'm not going to buy them, but you don't see many 1's in these parts so they are intriguing. Any idea what the blue wire in the back would be for?
  14. These are for sale not far from me. Seller doesn't know much about them, or if everything is original. From the back it looks like something was done to them. Have no idea what the blue wire is all about. They look to be in excellent shape, and looks like the drivers are original. Would appreciate opinions who know more about these rare speakers then I do.
  15. This is a great post and provides further incentive to pop mine back into rotation. Thanks very much Tom.
  16. I love my 2's(completely sealed, never opened) coupled with a pair of JanZen 1-30's. Excellent sound. Don't use them much since my 3a's get most of the playing time, but every once in a while I stick them in there. Would like to get a lower powered tube amp to use with them.
  17. The short, and obvious, answer, of course, is that you can't. Once you sell them, that's it. That being said, there are certainly those folks out there(like myself, for instance) that buy stuff like your speakers with the intention of adding them to a collection, and using them often, and are not flippers. I suppose the best way of finding those people are to relay your wishes to the new owner and see if you can suss them out. Those that are sincere are usually pretty easy to find. I would love to own your speakers, but I'm quite certain, going by what they typically go for in the open market, that they would not be in my budget range. But obviously the demand is there. So if you really want to sell them, I would just start the process here and on other audio forums and see what happens.
  18. Of course you're right in AR's backyard more or less so more likely you'll come across these classics easier then me in the Bay Area.
  19. You are indeed "Lucky". Congratulations!! This stuff never happens to me, but I love reading about others that it does. Sounds like you're all set to do these beauties up right. Can't wait to hear about the endeavor and see more pictures.
  20. I use early 3a's horizontally sometimes with 1-30's. Great sound.
  21. Well you can see the amp that I'm currently using a few posts above yours. Unless you're talking about my home power, and yes, I believe that's clean, too.
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