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I have a pair of ar3a's that I purchased from a buddy back in the 70's. Recently, AudioLab of GA (Doraville) inspected them and advised all 4 pots need to be rebuilt or replaced. All speakers were tested and all are working. They reglued a loose coil on the crossover and a dustcap on a woofer.  They told me the repair  for the pots would be $300. In any event, my wife has had some huge medical expenses lately and I need to sell these units.  If interested please let me know.  My e mail address is dion1564@aol.com.  They would be available for pickup at my office in Peachtree City GA or you could pre-pay the shipping costs.  You will have to let me know what you are willing to pay for them.  I have no idea.  Thanks & regards,  Joseph Dion

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Welcome Joe

3a's are pretty valuable. Working pairs have recently sold on ebay for $1,000 to $1,500. If you really want to sell them I'd suggest you list them, with pictures, in the For Sale section. https://community.classicspeakerpages.net/forum/10-for-sale-wanted/ Try to make the pictures about 100-200KB.

OTOH, it sounds like you like these speakers and would like to keep them but the repair cost is prohibitive. If you have any skill with a soldering iron you can do the repair yourself for 1/10 what the shop wants. 

If you want to try DIY let us know and you'll get lots of help. You can download the AR-3a restoration booklet here: http://www.classicspeakerpages.net/library/acoustic_research/original_models_1954-1974/original_models_schematicss/restoring_the_ar-3a/ and buy 4 L-pads from Parts Express for about $6 each: https://www.parts-express.com/speaker-l-pad-attenuator-15w-mono-3-8-shaft-8-ohm--260-248

Good luck with whatever you decide.

Kent

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Joe,  The summary Kent provided is right on target.  I can verify from recent, personal experience, having just restored the pots in my 3a's in just a few hours at zero cost by cleaning them. At the same time, I also replaced the caps for just a few dollars using inexpensive caps from PE & Erse.  The day after I finished, a friend came by, heard them & even though they are not for sale, offered $1500, which I politely declined.  They are too good to sell. 

The quality of guidance available here to help you do the job yourself is unparalleled. Take up the offer if you can. 

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