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John
01-17-2005, 01:36 PM
Hi Can anyone explain in detail how a large format JBL driver such as the 2440-2441 is disassembled??? I have a cut-away picture of one and figure they are press-fitted and then regaused, but would like to know the procedure used to break it down to the parts that make up the driver.http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/bouncy.gif

Mr. Widget
01-17-2005, 02:02 PM
They are held together by the sheer power of the alnico magnet. They are not user serviceable, other than replacing a diaphragm.

Widget

John
01-17-2005, 02:17 PM
So if i was to deguass the drivers would they fall apart??? Is the top plate not a press-fit?
I should mention i picked up a pair of 2440,s plus a ti.dia. in Tulsa the other day for $20.00 US. ,they have broken throats and a little bit of corrosion,and i thought if i could take them apart and clean up the castings and then maybe drop them off at orange county they could re-assemble them. At the price i paid i got nothing to lose,in fact maybe i could get them sliced in half for display,hey Don if i go this route i will give you a slicehttp://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/applaud.gif Any one else want a slice?http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/bouncy.gif

4313B
01-17-2005, 02:26 PM
"Hi Can anyone explain in detail how a large format JBL driver such as the 2440-2441 is disassembled???

scott fitlin
01-17-2005, 02:43 PM
"Hi Can anyone explain in detail how a large format JBL driver such as the 2440-2441 is disassembled???How would you handle a neodymium driver? :bouncy:

4313B
01-17-2005, 02:47 PM
The word neodymium scares me.
In fact, it sounds downright spooky!
I would wear this and use a long screwdriver so I could keep my distance...

John
01-17-2005, 02:59 PM
Hi Ok I am in luck,I have the sledge but I need to know where to give it the critical first WHACK!!!http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/bash.gif

Hofmannhp
01-17-2005, 02:59 PM
...... Any one else want a slice?http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/bouncy.gif

Hi John,

may I get two .....please ...before you slice them :D

HP

scott fitlin
01-17-2005, 03:00 PM
The word neodymium scares me.
In fact, it sounds downright spooky!
I would wear this and use a long screwdriver so I could keep my distance...You mean beryllium! Thats the bad for you, but good sounding stuff!

:bouncy:

4313B
01-17-2005, 03:20 PM
You mean beryllium! Thats the bad for you, but good sounding stuff!

:bouncy:Anything ending in ium scares me bad. :eek:

4313B
01-17-2005, 03:22 PM
Sorry for hijacking your thread John. :nanana:

I should be spanked. :applaud:

Mr. Widget
01-17-2005, 03:25 PM
Oh Boy, Giskard has really lost it this time... :screwy:


Widget

scott fitlin
01-17-2005, 03:28 PM
Anything ending in ium scares me bad. :eek:I rode the Millenium Force! Its great! FASSSSSTT! Straight down, baby!

But this year, NJ got it goin on! Kingda Ka! http://www.sixflags.com/parks/greatadventure/index.asp

128mph launch, 456ft tall!

:bouncy:

John
01-17-2005, 03:29 PM
Hi Yes maybe you do,but i am not into that sort of thing.http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/moon.gif

scott fitlin
01-17-2005, 03:29 PM
Sorry for hijacking your thread John. :nanana:

I should be spanked. :applaud:I believe you are looking for the Hellfire club! They do spankings! We do woofing!

:applaud:

Mr. Widget
01-17-2005, 03:31 PM
John,

I don't know the answer to your question, but when I queried JBL about working on the 2441, they told me that they demag it before they work on it and implied that it easily came apart once the demag was done. I doubt you can completely demagnetize one without a very powerful electromagnet.

Widget

Chas
01-17-2005, 04:03 PM
I believe you are looking for the Hellfire club! They do spankings! We do woofing!

:applaud:

Man, if I was on that thing, I'd be barfing......:barf:

subwoof
01-17-2005, 06:45 PM
I use (4) grade **8** 1/4-40 bolts that are tapered to a small flat surface in each of the horn mounting holes.

Tighten each one down and then do a 1/8 ( or so ) turn on them one at a time and the top plate will lift off. Be sure to WD-40 the holes first in case you have to remove a snapped off bolt.

If you use a bit of acetone down in the throat bottom it will soften the glue that holds the bakelite throat in place - this should prevent the screen from being deformed.

Then use a succesion of wooden dowels to keep the parts apart until you can remove it by hand. Some of the later models used glue to hold the alignment ring in place and this sometimes is a super-tight fit to the phaseplug.

BTW - watch the fingers on this...it will hurt.

Charley Rummel
01-17-2005, 08:01 PM
....then, carefully put all the parts into a sturdy box, get an RMA number from JBL, and send it in for the pro's to work on...:rotfl:

:blink: Sorry, I didn't mean to upset you. Good luck on your project. Please keep us all posted on how it goes. If possible, post pictures of your progress.

Regards,
Charley

paragon
01-18-2005, 02:16 PM
Parts are only fixed by the magnet ?? Is it ? So i have to be very carefull with my old 2441 !

Eckhard

Mr. Widget
01-18-2005, 02:22 PM
If they are dropped they are usually damaged by the magnet shifting and the throat cracking. Anyone interested in buying a 375, 376, 2440, 2441 etc. must look out for cracked throats. Many people do not realize that inside this 20+ lbs cast metal driver is a delicate plastic throat.

Widget

John
01-18-2005, 03:05 PM
Hi Subwoof So once the top plate lifts away from the casting ,does the casting just pull away??? Or is there still alot of magnetic pull to contend with???http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/smile.gif

alltec
03-21-2005, 04:21 AM
Hi John,
It seems very interesting to break a JBL 2440 down to the parts.
I want to see PICS~~~~:D

John
06-30-2005, 10:17 PM
Here are the parts that make up the 2440.

John
06-30-2005, 10:23 PM
By the way I would have never believed how much magnetic pull these drivers have before they are demagnetized, but I am a believer now!!!:D

Maron Horonzakz
07-01-2005, 06:28 AM
Wow I always wanted to see what that phase plug looked from both sides. Any luck in finding a TAD 4001 to take apart for compaireison.

Maron Horonzakz
07-01-2005, 06:33 AM
Why doe,s that top plate look like it has a double layer with a spacing. Whats that spacing for?

Mr. Widget
07-01-2005, 10:25 AM
Here are the parts that make up the 2440.

Where is the throat?

Widget

John
07-01-2005, 10:23 PM
The Throats were history, that is why I got the pair for $20.00!!! They were cracked and are in many pieces now. Will have to get a pair. :bouncy:

Jakob
07-02-2005, 01:44 AM
Hi!

How do You tell if a throat is broken?

Regards: Jakob

John
07-02-2005, 02:00 AM
Well look into the throat and about 1/2 inch into the throat if you see a crack or what looks like a ridge it means the magnet has shifted and has damaged the plastic throat. The entire driver is held togeather by magnetic energy.:applaud: When I get some replacement throats I will post some more pics.:bouncy:

tomt
07-02-2005, 12:22 PM
Hi!

How do You tell if a throat is broken?

Regards: Jakob
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perhaps some bolts should have been used when these
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alltec
08-25-2005, 11:44 AM
Hi John,

Did you get the replacement throat?

John
08-25-2005, 05:22 PM
Not yet! I asked someone on the forum to look into a pair for me but never heard anything? Maybe I should get off the couch and phone JBL? :o:

Steve Schell
08-29-2005, 04:18 PM
I learned a good tip the other day. If you need to disassemble a magnetized Altec or JBL alnico compression driver, you can do so without the bother and the danger of prying up the top plate. Instead, bolts can be threaded into the holes for the mounting studs on the front of the driver. Usually something like a ball bearing needs to be dropped into each hole first, as the threads are tapered and will tighten on the bolt before it reaches the front side of the magnet. Anyway, tightening the bolts down in sequence applies pressure to the front of the alnico magnet, in turn forcing the top plate away from the rim. By the time it is lifted by 1/8" or so, the magnetic force is reduced to the point where the driver can be disassembled easily.

The driver will of course have to be remagnetized after it is reassembled.

herki the cat
07-11-2009, 11:59 PM
John,

I don't know the answer to your question, but when I queried JBL about working on the 2441, they told me that they demag it before they work on it and implied that it easily came apart once the demag was done. I doubt you can completely demagnetize one without a very powerful electromagnet.

Widget

My two cents,
This is a timely subject since i have been considering converting a perfect pair of 2440's with new JBL 375 / 2440 diaphrams_ still in the box_to field coil format which is probably as close as i will ever come to a WECo 594-A driver. The first issue being: "Is there enough room for a field coil winding in the volume occupied by the 2440 magnet".To this end I plan to investigate the huge crane, electrical magnetic lifting devices in the iron junk yards, aka, "are these devices dc or ac operated".

There is no hope of duplicating the original Weco diaphragm which was made of a rare no longer available aluminum dural alloy capable of heat treating to a fantastic hardness contributing to an improved mass break point. This gem presents a blue gray color from the intense heat treatment.

Not to worry__JBL 375 / 2440 diaphram is just fine. I do not find any significant spurious oscilltions in the high end with "tone burst" examination and certainly not in the quality of the sound.

I do miss the WECo 594-A drivers i had in the 1970's on WECo 26-A multi-cells on top of the RCA 9462 ubangis loaded with RCA MI 1432-A field coil low frequency drivers from the "Shearer W-Bins". All the drivers had the voice coils in the same plane using the MI-9462 which has excellent response down to 30 Hz.

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Cheers, herki

robertbartsch
07-13-2009, 01:30 PM
This post is interesting.

I had a pair of 075 alnico tweeters that I sent to get re-maged without including the horn noses in the shipment. When they came back, I tried unsuccessfully to assemble the drivers. I was unable to mount the noses because the bolts would not go through the motors.

Apparently, when the units were de-maged the pole plate (??) got shifted and as a result the mounting bolts could not be installed after re-mag.

Anyway, I sent the units back with the noses and the vendor succesfully de-maged, assembled the nose and then re-maged the units and installed the new frams.

I would have not guessed that JBL drivers are aligned and held together by magnetic force.

Live and learn!

tomee
07-14-2009, 07:04 AM
I've attached a pic of a cracked throat from a recent ebay auction. I had no idea there was a plastic part in these. From a design standpoint I wonder if it's more than a cost cutting measure, but a way to sacrifice an easy to replace component to prevent failure someplace else? For example, if the throat was steel or aluminum perhaps dropping it would result in a cracked magnet instead of cracked throat? Given that (when sent for service to JBL) a de-mag has it all in pieces, and rebuild with shims and jigs is required to put it back together and then re-magged, then essentially a plastic throat is no big deal? Of course from the standpoint of making it last 100 years a stainless steel throat would be nice :).

Herki - your idea to make a field coil from the 2440s is interesting, but why not start with some rough ones that have cracked throats? I think you'd need to machine a new throat from steel anyway for the coil to go around. I believe there are a few people out there who have done this - a few in the US and a guy in Germany as well. Might check around to see if they sell a conversion kit. As well, I see that Classic Audio Reproductions is now selling field coil drivers so there's always that route, money permitting!

herki the cat
07-16-2009, 04:39 AM
Converting Alnico 2440 To Field Coil Driver

[quote=tomee;259246]I've attached a pic of a cracked throat from a recent ebay auction. I had no idea there was a plastic part in these. from the standpoint of making it last 100 years a stainless steel throat support thin cylinder would be nice :).

Herki - your idea to make a field coil from the 2440s is interesting, but why not start with some rough ones that have cracked throats? I think you'd need to machine a new throat from steel anyway for the coil to go around. Might check around to see if they sell a conversion kit.
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Hi tomee, many thanks for the picture & suggestions. The thin fragile plastic cylinder appears to extend all the way from the motor housing bottom up through the magnet to the phase plug bottom.

A thin stainles steel replacement cylinder with tapered throat inside the field coil Armco Iron core would certainly provide excellent support for the field coil configuration espcialy during field coil zero dc current excitation conditions where the alnico magnet force normally holds the assembly together.

Also, I agree there is no reason to disturb two priceless working 2440's when distressed 2440's are available.
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cheers, herki

I go crazy when i hear the music since 1930

herki the cat
07-16-2009, 07:02 AM
Circa, early 1950's, RCA engineering decided to stabilize the Photophone MI-9584 series compression drivers by filling the entire driver body cavity with enert epoxy up to the voice coil gap. This reqirement surfaced when the __acoustic seal__ between the voice coil gap and the driver body cavity was questioned by Chief Engineer, Mr. Max Batsel.

This procedure obtained two fabulous results, aka:

(1) The gap cavity was completely isolated, The assemby components were solidly locked in place and the top plate could still be forced off with the cover screws by a procedure similar to Steve Schell's procedure described in his post of 08-29-2005 04:18 pm.

(2)Closing off completely all comunications between the diaphragm piston volume and the driver body cavity, removed a suck out and extended the the driver fs to some 200 Hz.

This modification was installd after the epoxy component was verifid to be completely enert and not capable of absorbing any moisture whatsoever.
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cheers herki

herki the cat
07-21-2009, 03:29 AM
[quote=herki the cat;259457]Circa, early 1950's, RCA engineering decided to stabilize the Photophone MI-9584 series compression drivers by filling the entire driver body cavity with enert epoxy up to the voice coil gap.......................................

Purhaps unique to RCA, it is noted that RCA used Massive Permanent Ring-Magnets in every professonal speaker & compression driver from the very begining in the 1930's.
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Cheers, herki the cat

Richard Long
03-05-2010, 02:13 PM
hi guys,

can i use this 2441 still for 100%? the throat has two separat haircracks:

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Mr. Widget
03-05-2010, 11:16 PM
hi guys,

can i use this 2441 still for 100%? the throat has two separat haircracks:You may or may not be able to hear it buzz... when I had the same problem a few years back I shipped it to Northridge and they fixed it... they no longer offer that service. :( I am not even sure if replacement throats are still available if you can locate someone to demag, replace the throat and remag... I think you are stuck.

Sweep a signal and see how it works. It is possible that the throat is cracked because the top plate shifted... if that is the case you may have VC rubbing problems.


Widget

Richard Long
03-06-2010, 12:58 AM
You may or may not be able to hear it buzz...

Sweep a signal and see how it works. Widget


I hope so :(

Yea I test it and then I see ...:blink: