fran604g Posted August 28, 2012 Report Share Posted August 28, 2012 (edited) A friend of mine called me last week, telling me he found a pair of AR3a's at an estate sale for $10 and would I like them? He said he Google'd them and saw they were selling on eBay for hundreds of dollars. I told him I didn't know anything about them and value would depend on the typical problems associated with the old surrounds, xovers, etc. I came over here and did a quick search and called him back. I asked him if he was intending on flipping the 3a's and if he was, I'd help him check them out and get them fixed up, or point him in the right direction to parts them out, or whatever. He said, "NO, you can have them if you want them, I just thought of you, because you're the only audiophile that I know." I almost pissed my pants, that's the first time anyone ever called me that. He told me to come over and take a look when I got a chance. A week later, I finally got over to his place to check them out, he had the grills off and told me that I was right about the surrounds being junk. I asked him what he wanted for them, and wound up giving him $20 for them. They're not mint, but they're in nice enough condition that I think they're the perfect speakers to do a complete restoration on. I think I will team them up with my ADCOM GFA-555 or my TAD60, as I've read that they like a lot of power to perform optimally. Preliminary inspection has indicated to me that the one, SN 3A 04125, has been worked on. The tweeter and midrange are newer models, it seems, with internal wiring that has been brought out through the front baffle via 2 drilled holes with no seal. The second unit, SN 45696, appears to be completely original. Both units obviously need new foam surrounds, but both look like identical woofers to me with the masonite ring. I looked around here, but didn't see any particular foam surround kits I should buy for them, but I did see that I should use 5/8" bead foam, is this correct? I hope to get your thoughts from you folks, as I have zero knowledge of this speaker system...for now Edited March 13, 2019 by fran604g Added photos to replace broken links 3-13-2019 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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