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  1. Hello All, I've been collecting/repairing receivers and turntables for a little while, and now moving to speakers I find myself here. I picked up a pair of AR-2ax's and am interested in getting the cabinets in better shape. They don't need to be perfect and am happy with a bit of original character. The finish is currently quite dull and dark. Also I'm no woodworking expert but it looks like these have possibly had a staining attempt. I've looked at other AR's and don't see much of this colour. Attached are pictures of the top, sides, bottom and back. I did a light sand of the bottom with 120 and 220 grit to see what would happen. It is the worst area for scratches as usual. I'm thinking a light sand all around, but then the next step I'm unsure about. I have used the Howard's products (Restor-a-finish, Orange Oil, Feed n Wax) in the past. I also see a number suggesting Watco Danish Oil which I can get. I wouldn't mind the finish a bit lighter as it's quite dark. I also need more lustre. I've sprayed lacquer on turntable plinths but don't think I want to go that route here is possible. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks, -Steve
  2. Two vintage AR-2ax speakers looking for a good home. Bought new, used gently for many years. Moved twice with care. Never modified or messed with. Excellent sound. Some scratches and nicks on cabinets as befits their age but no serious damage. Serial numbers AX-17320 and AX-17896. Local p/u only Boston area $200 or best offer.
  3. Hello. About 8 months ago I picked up a pair of early '70's AR-2AX speakers. They still had the original midrange drivers, woofers, capacitors and pots installed and a pair of replacement HiVi Q1R 1 tweeters. I replaced the capacitors and pots in December with Dayton Audio PMPC-4.0uF 250 V caps for the midrange and DMPC-5.6uF 250V and PMPC-0.47uF 250V soldered together for the high range drivers. Last month I decided to upgrade from the HiVi Q1R 1 a to pair of Peerless tweeters (https://www.parts-express.com/pedocs/specs/264-1676--peerless-da25tx00-08-spec-sheet.pdf). After 40+ hours I began to notice what I will describe as a buzzing sound in the middle frequencies. Yesterday I called and spoke to a tech person who, although unfamiliar with the AR's, made an educated guess that there was an issue with capacitors. Does anyone have a clue as to why this is happening? Thank you.
  4. For many years—perhaps from the very beginning—AR had a difficult time selling their products in typical audio salon showrooms. In fact, from 1954 until around 1974, AR made no attempt to cultivate good dealer relationships. Nevertheless, and despite the lack of dealer success, AR outsold nearly every other speaker manufacturer worldwide for many years without a strong, formal dealer network. How was this possible? AR products traditionally had the highest ratings and best reviews, but a prospective speaker buyer would never know it to visit the typical, small hi-fi showroom where one usually encountered a negative vibe in a showroom when an AR speaker was being demonstrated. Many times, dealers would "doctor" the speaker, reverse the polarity, turn-down the level controls or place the speaker inappropriately or disadvantageously for good A-B demos with competing products. Some dealers felt that customers would enter a store, make a decision to buy an AR product and simply go out and order it from the Allied Radio or Lafayette catalogs. Was it due to.... 1. Low dealer profit margins? 2. Lack of dealer salesman "spiffs" paid by AR? 3. Lack of dealer promotionals? 4. Lack of dealer co-op advertising? 5. AR's lack of "hand-holding" and blasé attitude towards dealers? 6. AR's traditional laissez-faire method of doing business? 7. Other reasons? Give examples of experiences you've had in dealer showrooms where AR speakers were intentionally maligned, "bad-mouthed" or "doctored" in order for a dealer to steer an unsuspecting customer to another product. —Tom Tyson
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