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  1. Hello Friend of Acoustic Research: A documentary filmmaker from New York -- living in the same town as and acquainted with Edgar Villchur -- is making a documentary film on the life of Edgar Villchur. This film producer is Cambiz Khosravi, a well-known documentary producer, and he is well on the way with his project, "Edgar Villchur: The American Inventor." I've helped him quite a bit, and I think the documentary production will be very nice and a great tribute to Edgar Villchur and Acoustic Research. Mr. Khosravi does need any help he can get to cover the cost of the "production stage" of the film, and PBS -- the likely presenter -- will cover the remaining costs. Therefore, Khosravi has set up a funding site: "https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcambiz.khosravi%2Fposts%2F10217946219041185&width=500" If you can help in any way, it would be fantastic! --Tom Tyson
  2. I know of no other loudspeaker that is more beautiful than the AR-3, that is, in my opinion! I sent this pair to the San Francisco Museum for the Dolby-sponsored "History of Audio" display a few years ago. This pair of early 1960's lacquered-mahogany AR-3 speakers, C 78XX, shows the absolute beauty of the AR-3 cabinet, grill and logo placement. Notice that the logos are properly placed on these speakers and the gold thread in the ivory saran grill material (saran is a Dow Chemical PVDC material very similar to nylon) is evident in this early version. The gold thread was discontinued a few years later. These speakers demonstrate the natural look of lacquered-mahogany cabinets -- a satin luster -- and it is very rare to have a pair survive for over 55 years in this condition, but this pair was always pampered and well-kept in air-condition space and storage. This pair has never had the grills removed, but fortunately, this pair also has strong, clean midrange and treble output, a very desirable thing for an old AR-3! The level controls have oxidized, but occasional rotation back and forth cleans the contact surfaces sufficient to keep good output. Send pictures of your AR-3 installations and give a description of the sound! AR-3 lacquered-mahogany mounted in office bookshelf with AR-3a (oiled-walnut finish) below. Note the satin luster (not a high-gloss luster) of the lacquered-mahogany finish, sort of a piano-lacquer finish. Note, also, the position of the "3" logo, properly placed, though it should technically be one more vertical level to the right, a bit closer to the molding. Gold thread woven into the saran grill material. --Tom Tyson
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