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KidAltec
12-01-2006, 11:31 AM
It all started for me 30 plus years ago when I heard those damn 891As


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/specs/home-systems/891a-897a/thumbs/page6_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/specs/home-systems/891a-897a/page6.jpg)


And then it was the Santana IIs and the 714 Receiver


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/catalogs/1971-home/thumbs/page08_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/catalogs/1971-home/page08.jpg)


And then much later in life it was the Stonehenge IIs and IIIs


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/catalogs/1975-home/thumbs/page06_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/catalogs/1975-home/page06.jpg)


And then the 3370s and 3341s and Model 6s and now finally the Model 14s


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/specs/home-systems/thumbs/model-14_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/html/altec/specs/home-speakers/model-14.htm)


And now I'm on the trail of the Holy Grail >>> Model 19s


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/specs/home-systems/thumbs/model%2019_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/html/altec/specs/home-speakers/model-19.htm)


CAN ANYONE OUT THERE HELP ME BEFORE I LOSE MY HAPPY HOME AND END UP LIVING IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER?????

PS: The van would be pulling a big trailer of course for all my ALTEC STUFF!

Ducatista47
12-01-2006, 12:02 PM
Welcome, KidAltec! There are folks here who live and breathe AllTechnical. Boy, are you in good company! :bouncy: Downside, the only help you'll get here will get you to the river sooner. ;)

Great to see another member within a stone's throw. Ever been to Electronics Diversified?

You have a PM about a pair of 19's.

Clark in Peoria

CONVERGENCE
12-01-2006, 12:51 PM
It all started for me 30 plus years ago when I heard those damn 891As


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/specs/home-systems/891a-897a/thumbs/page6_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/specs/home-systems/891a-897a/page6.jpg)


And then it was the Santana IIs and the 714 Receiver


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/catalogs/1971-home/thumbs/page08_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/catalogs/1971-home/page08.jpg)


And then much later in life it was the Stonehenge IIs and IIIs


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/catalogs/1975-home/thumbs/page06_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/catalogs/1975-home/page06.jpg)


And then the 3370s and 3341s and Model 6s and now finally the Model 14s


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/specs/home-systems/thumbs/model-14_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/html/altec/specs/home-speakers/model-14.htm)


And now I'm on the trail of the Holy Grail >>> Model 19s


http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/specs/home-systems/thumbs/model%2019_small.jpg (http://www.lansingheritage.org/html/altec/specs/home-speakers/model-19.htm)


CAN ANYONE OUT THERE HELP ME BEFORE I LOSE MY HAPPY HOME AND END UP LIVING IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER?????

PS: The van would be pulling a big trailer of course for all my ALTEC STUFF!


http://www.newfoam.com/foamgrill.asp

http://www.greatplainsaudio.com/

http://www.iconicspkrs.com/

http://www.jamminjersey.com/speakers.php

http://home.earthlink.net/~jmarkwart/id13.html


You will find brand new components at Great Plains Audio ,Xo at Iconic. Jeff Marwart for model 19 plans . New foam for grill at Newfoam.Used components at Jamminjersey.

Good Luck

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scott fitlin
12-01-2006, 05:03 PM
http://www.newfoam.com/foamgrill.asp

http://www.greatplainsaudio.com/

http://www.iconicspkrs.com/

http://www.jamminjersey.com/speakers.php

http://home.earthlink.net/~jmarkwart/id13.html


You will find brand new components at Great Plains Audio ,Xo at Iconic. Jeff Marwart for model 19 plans . Used components at Jamminjersey.

Good Luck

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1. JamminJersey for used components? :no: I had bad experiences purchasing stuff from them. Improper packing, woofers arrived totally destroyed, Jammin Jersey said it wasnt their fault or responsibilty. Insurance paid for the order, but they sent 2 woofers face to face, in 1 box, and the woofers were completely destroyed, BOTH VC,s punched through center of cones, totally torn spiders, and one magnet was knocked completely off woofers frame and they didnt stand behind the sale. They told me its up to the insurance! JJ is a fish that stinks on ice!

2. Great Plains Audio? :yes: Bill makes products brand new to factory spec. His work, and his repairs are impeccable, and he is fairly reasonably priced. Nice guy to talk to as well. If your going, go first class, buy GPA, buy NEW, and youll have great speakers when you have completed your project.

Sorry Convergence, no disrespect, but I totally say STAY AWAY from Jammin Jersey!

Kid, Welcome to the Forum!

:D

KidAltec
12-01-2006, 05:42 PM
Thanks for the welcome scottyj :) :) :)

I'm pretty set on parts ... all except I need a vintage set of 30685 tweeters (or something close) for my 3341s ... any ideas on what company would have a set for sale ???

scott fitlin
12-01-2006, 05:51 PM
Off hand, no, I dont know who would have those.

You could try GPA.

KidAltec
12-01-2006, 06:07 PM
I just checked out Great Plains Audio Website :blink::blink::blink:

MAN do they have the parts ... but no 30685 HF :( :( :(

Maybe I should just e-mail them and ask what they recommend as a replacement HF

scott fitlin
12-01-2006, 06:28 PM
I just checked out Great Plains Audio Website :blink::blink::blink:

MAN do they have the parts ... but no 30685 HF :( :( :(

Maybe I should just e-mail them and ask what they recommend as a replacement HFyes, thats a good start.

KidAltec
12-01-2006, 06:33 PM
yes, thats a good start.


THANKS for the help ... :D

Storm
12-01-2006, 06:35 PM
I am going to California to pick up a pair of Model 19s. If I dont like them, I will sell them to you.

:)

-Storm

KidAltec
12-01-2006, 06:48 PM
I am going to California to pick up a pair of Model 19s. If I dont like them, I will sell them to you.

:)

-Storm


Thanks but I've already got a pair tracked down locally ... now just have to figure out how to sneak them past the wifely unit :blink:

"DO YOU REALLY NEED MORE SPEAKERS?" :biting: :banghead:

PS: Besides .. you know you're gonna' love them anyway :D

moldyoldy
12-01-2006, 07:20 PM
I just checked out Great Plains Audio Website :blink::blink::blink:

MAN do they have the parts ... but no 30685 HF :( :( :(

Maybe I should just e-mail them and ask what they recommend as a replacement HF

Just a tip for quick service at GPA, give them a call (best around 9:30AM CST). Bill would rather discuss your needs than chance a misinterpretation from email.

Many of the components in Altec's smaller consumer models were made by others, as in the case of your tweeter. I'm thinking that one was a CTS, but not for sure on that. While they occasionally come thru eBay, I'd suggest finding the nearest match in a current production unit, and replacing both of them at once. Parts Express and others should have a good equivalent (or better) for around $20 ea.

KidAltec
12-01-2006, 08:15 PM
thanks moldyoldy ... it is just your standard throw away 4 inch tweeter ... very likely Altec just bought them from a supplier ... a good replacement tweeter should work just fine ... thanks to all for the help :)

moldyoldy
12-01-2006, 09:33 PM
Most welcome!

If your old drivers have any OEM numbering, you can likely ID its' source. If the drivers were made to your spec as a custom contract lot, you bought all that were made just like it, and the only numbering applied would be your own. That was fairly expensive though, so in most cases, you bought whatever the manufacturer already had assembled that did the job, which could be (and often were) the same drivers the competition used. I've come across components shared by RCA and Lafayette, and there are probably others. These would have OEM numbering, in addition to your own. There's a recent thread with EIA codes to identify likely mfrs.

If you feel the need to replace like-for-like, you shouldn't have to watch Ebay too long to find some, if you know what you're looking for. In most cases, a new generic replacement is as good or better, but there are probably some exceptions to that, like if the network had been designed to suit a particular driver. Otherwise, just match the mounting, impedance, sensitivity, and bandwidth (going long an octave on the low side if possible), and don't feel you've done any disservice to your Altecs at all.

KidAltec
12-01-2006, 09:41 PM
This reference sheet says replace so I will replace :D

http://www.lansingheritage.org/images/altec/reference/1975-drivers/page11.jpg

moldyoldy
12-01-2006, 09:46 PM
That reference is invaluable. You can count on any items marked 'replace' being unavailable new anywhere.

KidAltec
12-01-2006, 09:53 PM
Then replace it is :D

hardearu1
12-02-2006, 02:06 AM
Try FLAGSHIP AUDIO just south of Philly 484 483 2289 talk to Matt .lots of goodies JBL,ALTEC MAC etc.BEST around noon time to call or try email flagshipaudio@comcast.net

KidAltec
12-02-2006, 08:33 AM
Try FLAGSHIP AUDIO just south of Philly 484 483 2289 talk to Matt .lots of goodies JBL,ALTEC MAC etc.BEST around noon time to call or try email flagshipaudio@comcast.net

Thanks for the info on another speaker vender ... ;)

Ducatista47
12-02-2006, 12:21 PM
Didn't I tell you you'd be in good company here? :applaud:

For real fun, look up some of Scotty's (Scottyj, Scott Fitlin) great rants about why he uses older Altec equipment professionally. You ain't heard the half of it yet!

Clark in Peoria

KidAltec
12-02-2006, 08:45 PM
Didn't I tell you you'd be in good company here? :applaud:

For real fun, look up some of Scotty's (Scottyj, Scott Fitlin) great rants about why he uses older Altec equipment professionally. You ain't heard the half of it yet!

Clark in Peoria


I've lurker around this site off and on for a few year now and I'm real glad I finally came out of the closet (so to speak) ;) ;) ;)

It feels good to come home :D :D :D thanks to all for the warm welcome!!!

KidAltec