JeffS Posted January 7 Report Share Posted January 7 I was looking through the local estate sale ads this week and found a couple of pictures of what looked like AR speaker stands, with one of them supporting a 27” CRT TV. I decided to check it out, and sure enough, I found what I believe are a pair of AR speaker stands with oiled walnut veneered shelves. I can’t believe my luck, these things are very rare. I checked the dimensions to verify and they are the same as AR advertised in the AR High Fidelity Components catalog from ~ 1968. They measure 30 ½” wide, 15 ½” deep, 29” high (the earlier version, shown in the various AR-3 brochures had a depth of 15 3/8”). The only measurement that is different from those advertised is the height of the bottom shelf which is 13” instead of the stated 14”. As with the smaller speaker bases, there is nothing that indicates that these were made by AR. They are well built. The legs are one continuous piece (½” square stock, 28” long) with one fixed (welded) flange to support the bottom shelf, and one removable flange for the top shelf. There is a protective plastic cap on the bottom. To assemble the shelf, a leg is passed through one of the square holes on the bottom panel. Then the removable flange is screwed to the top of the leg, and both flanges are then fastened with four screws into pre-drilled holes on the bottom of each panel. Interestingly, two of the top flanges on each shelf are partial units with one side missing. I searched around at the sale in the hope of spotting the pair of AR’s that these shelves might have supported, but no luck. However, there was a period H.H. Scott 388-B receiver in excellent cosmetic shape. This pair is in good overall shape, and they look like they supported not only speakers and televisions over the years, but plants as well. The legs could use some new gloss black paint. The panels have some light rings, and one has some damage on one of the long edges, but sanding and some linseed oil should fix all of that. I've included a few pictures. I couldn't decide what looked better, an AR-2 or a 3a, on the shelf, so I posted both. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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