Tmc Posted January 17, 2019 Report Share Posted January 17, 2019 Hi, Newbie here. I just found this forum and have spent half the day reading and reminiscing. In the 70’s, I purchased a pair of AR-2ax speakers (floor display) at a Heathkit Electronics Center in Houston. I still have the sales receipt. Unfortunately, the date reads as 10/14/7T, so I cannot tell if I bought them in ‘71 or ’75. IIRC, Heathkit used to sell kits for the AR2 and AR3 speakers, but I am fairly sure the ones I purchased were not built from a kit. That said, mine seem to differ in many ways from the AR-2ax speakers I have seen posted on this site. The backs of mine are not plywood, but a fiberboard type material. The serial number that is still partially readable looks as if it was typed on a strip and pasted in place and the paper itself is not as large and of a more complex design than most I have seen. The speaker badges have raised lettering and plastic backings with a post that fits through a hole in the grill that is secured with a push washer allowing them to rotate. The grills attach to the speakers with Velcro tabs instead of staples. In 1995, the foam surrounding the woofers was crumbling and the pot adjustments not working well. I took the speakers to a local sound shop to be reconditioned and re-foamed/re-coned. The shop mentioned part(s) needed to be replaced and said they might not be able to match the original bass sound of the speakers. I remember being sorely disappointed and reluctantly giving my okay for the repairs. I suspect they replaced or repaired the pots and replaced the tweeters, as the black tape that used to cover the wires leading from the tweeter fronts is missing and there are no connections made there. As you can probably tell, I am not very speaker savvy. At that time, I replaced the speaker grill cloth with linen from Hancock fabrics. I wasn’t trying for an identical match, just wanted a material that looked nice and clean. I see now there is fabric available from 123 Stitch that is close to the original. A short time after the repair, I put the speakers in storage as I moved frequently and either did not have the space or the time to set up a stereo system. Now that I am settled, I hooked them up to a Sony AV/500. They sound okay, but lack the bass and depth that I remembered. I’ve taken pictures and posted a link to them (below) in hopes that someone on the forum can give me an idea of what I actually have, i.e., the condition of the speakers and which part(s) are original and which are not. http://thegoldenflower.net/AR-2ax_02.html If feasible, I would like to restore the speakers inside and out, replace any substitute parts with genuine AR. I don’t know much about electronics but am willing to learn. My husband will help and I can see there is a lot of information on the forum. I have bookmarked, downloaded and read the article on the AR3a restoration, which motivated me to give all this a try. Any and all help, comments, and advice from you guys/gals on the forum will be sincerely appreciated. Regards, Tmc Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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