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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. 4 minutes ago, JKent said:

    Agree. Those are simple add-ons. The only downside: all the suggested tweeters are a bit expensive.



     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. On 4/19/2019 at 2:56 AM, Ult1mat3X said:

    I have the first AR turntable with 2 motors, without the tonearm, I will also modify it and put a carbon fiber tonearm. And I will put a new low noise motor to lower the rumble.

    I love the wood case, it's real wallnut wood.

    I have sold my 2 other turntables, and I will keep only the AR.

    Useful links:


    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. 1 hour ago, ar_pro said:

    Years & years ago, when we had stacked AR-3a speakers, they were placed on their sides on two pairs of the AR-11 metal stands, with the tweeters oriented to the outside. In that particular space, it seemed the better approach.

    Giorgio - I'm envious of your AR collection, especially the Euro-style AR-3a which looks very cool.

    Sam -  The MR73 is a great tuner,  and a nice addition to your vintage Mac collection. And is that a Nakamichi cassette deck?

    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. 



  8. 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.

  9. 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. 



  10. 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?

  11. 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. 










  12. 2 hours ago, tysontom said:

    Georgio, those are very nice early examples of the wonderful AR-2!  And your cabinets are plywood bottom panel with veneered (walnut, it appears but possibly cherry) NovaPly for the  other panels along with the solid-stock grill molding.  Only the AR-2 had this unfinished plywood panel, as the AR-2a was finished on all sides.  Both the AR-2 and AR-2a were designed to be placed horizontally for best dispersion from the tweeters.  I'm thinking these are Cherry, but I can't tell for sure.

    Henry Kloss worked on the design of the AR-2 throughout late 1956, and he had the speaker about ready to go around January, 1957.  The Carbonneau 5-inch tweeters (the same units used in the Kloss-built Baruch-Lang corner speaker) were treated by Kloss to smooth and dampen the response, and the end result was a relatively smooth, clean treble up to around 13-15 kHz.  There was a problem with the woofer, though, and it would ride out of the gap under high power.  Thus, the AR-2 could not be shipped when planned.  In February, 1957, however, Kloss was gone from AR without fixing the problem of the woofer, thus delaying this important new product.  Edgar Villchur had to redesign the woofer before it could ship, and it was in late March or early April, 1957 before it shipped.  Monthly production figures were pretty high, and I think your pair dates to about 1959-1960.  Only way to know for sure would be to pull a woofer to see if there is a date on it, but it's not worth disturbing the system for that bit of trivia.


    Great speakers!

    --Tom Tyson

    This is a great post and provides further incentive to pop mine back into rotation. Thanks very much Tom. 

  13. 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. 



  14. 37 minutes ago, Lucky Pierre said:

    Things do sort of find me.  When these are done I will have and restored:  AR-3, -4x, -5, -7.  The 3's, and i think the 5's, will be too big for my little living room.  Maybe I need a bigger house...

    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. 

  15. 4 minutes ago, harry398 said:

    yup,  it is!  My brother sent it to me.


    got clean power?    thats important.


    more important than most people think.   

    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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