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  1. Hi As suggested I am reposting my original inquiry..Where I have already received encouraging feedback. .... have inherited a pair of AR-4x that have been in the family for years and I am interested in rebuilding. I am a total speaker neophyte. They sound a bit flat, that is, not much sparkle or depth and when the volume is turned way up on my 110 Watt/channel receiver they do distort. Is it a given that I must change the tweeter and woofer? Attaching photos. Both speakers woofer and tweeter seems to be in the same condition. Thanks for any advice. ... I am now including bits of the replies the original thread received. ... member: ra.ra. snip ...your speakers look totally original and possibly have never been opened or received any sort of maintenance in the past. This might very well explain the "flat" sound you describe, which might indicate that the capacitors require replacement or the tweeter controls (known as potentiometers, or "pots") require cleaning or replacement. You are basically not hearing the tweeters. As long as you can confirm that all drivers (both tweeters, both woofers) are operational, there is no need to replace them. Most likely, the bulk of the restoration work is inside the cabinet, and there are many, many threads here about the AR-4x. /snip Thanks for that ra.ra. Yes I would agree they have never been opened.. member: owlsplace snip ... You have removed the grills successfully so you are of to a good start. This speaker model is iconic and yours appear to be in great shape. /snip Prying with two small screw drivers. Though I did indent just a bit the edges of the box in some places. At first start I did not realize the staples showing on top of the fabric went through the framing into the speaker wood. member:stupidhead snip ... as others have said unlikely you will need any new drivers. Plenty of guidance here to restore these to new condition. Intrigued by the pattern of what I assume to be mold on the cone of the woofer. What do the grilles look like? /snip The other cone also has the same "mold". I am inserting a photo of the panels and close up of the woofer
  2. 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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