stupidhead Posted February 13, 2016 Report Share Posted February 13, 2016 So I recently saw an auction site listing for these and they just spoke to me. Turns out the seller is from our home town and local sale is always good, for both parties. Buyer can see touch feel and neither party has to worry about shipping hassles/issues. We went back and forth a few times before coming to terms on price, but in the end we met and made the transaction. Not that I need another set of speakers but I couldn't resist. I have really been enjoying my first set of 5's and I have to think stacking two sets would be awesome. So without further commentary, here they are in the condition I received them. The typical old set of nice speakers that have been out of service for some time and showing signs of age. One of the grilles was off, and no frame damage, the other was still in place and the inner face of cabinet showed numerous mild prying evidence of someone trying to open the vault, unsuccessfully. After trying for a while myself, i bailed on trying to get this off intact and sliced the cloth around the perimeter and was able to get this stubborn frame off. A few observations at this point. Notice the bottom inner edge is loaded with a heavy accumulation of generic dust, I believe. Also, the glue applier was heavy handed and some of the glue was visible on the border of the cloth edge, not just the stapled edge. Was this ooze or was there a thin bead applied there also? My sense is that it was ooze from an excessive bead on the face, but it sort of seems deliberate. Either way I will clean these surfaces up before all is said and done. The surround glue was rubbery and pliable to the touch and in fact peeled away easily and completely from the cone. I happen to have an extra set of BA filled filet surrounds on hand, so full speed ahead. Here is a pic of the other set of drivers, all seems right and I am encouraged thinking I have a nice un-molested set of 5's, vintage still unknown. The serials on these are 29837 and 29844, pretty close. Cambridge full size labels. My other set has the smaller Norwood labels and were 37918 and 37919. I don't have a clue how the factory laid in the mortite as far as procedure, but you can see in the above pic that it seemed as the application was a little hap hazard and certainly inconsistent when looking at the squished out mortite from drawing the driver into place with the four screws. I said to myself this seemed a little sloppy, and began to wonder if someone (not factory) had done this. Then I remove the first woofer and more suggestion of not assembly line work! This pic is what was revealed. There was a batch of insulation between the Kimpac (thanx Kent) and the driver? Huh? and also more evidence of the sloppy mortite application. My impressions of QC for AR has always been of high standards for these vintage specimens, however I am getting a different impression with this set. Was there maybe a personnel issue in this period? It is at least curious to me. Here are the other drivers for dating purposes.. and these are adding to my curiosity about this set. Between the three drivers, there is a three plus month spread in dates! Not that I expect them to match necessarily, but three plus months seems like quite a spread. Then there is this! which clearly shows evidence that there had been a screen on this basket, but for some reason it is gone. What the heck? Geoff Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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