View Full Version : Finished my L110 resto.

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 08:53 PM
Hello to all, I have just finished restoring some L110's and thought you would all like to see. As usual, they were HAMMERED but I like a challenge. I figured out the grills and did them in blue because I think it looks like old school JBL even though they didn't come with blue originally. I repainted the LE111A's flanges and couldn't find the LE5-10's so I blacked out the flanges on a sweet pair of LE5-9's and shot lacquer over the top of the paint so it is really hard. I repainted the baffles and of course patched,faux grained and refinished the wood. I also painted the grill frames with Krylon's new Plastic Fusion paint and love the results. Every screw was first cleaned and repainted then coated with 2 coats of lacquer. I had Mr Marlon Balan, owner of MB Sound and speaker repair put new foam on the woofers too. I hope you enjoy the pictures.:D

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 08:55 PM
big dings

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 08:55 PM

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 08:58 PM
alot better :applaud:

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 08:59 PM
not too bad

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 09:01 PM
I really love that fresh clean black paint

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 09:02 PM
front and back

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 09:04 PM
I love that blue against the walnut

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 09:05 PM
These are great little speakers, the sound suprised me

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 09:06 PM
Watco + Deft = GOOD!!

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 09:12 PM
Here is what that corner looks like now

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 09:13 PM
Thank you for letting me share with you. Talk to ya later,Steve G ;)

01-29-2005, 09:14 PM
Amazing job of restoration, Steve.

With your inspiration, my project is now well under way. The L101/C56s are sitting in prototype 11" high MDF box stands. I'm at the listening stage now, just kicking back and enjoying the much better sound. More to come tomorrow I hope, along with some early pics.

Thanks pal.

Steve Gonzales
01-29-2005, 09:17 PM
I can't wait to see the finished product!, I'm glad the stands made some impovement, how much was the sand? ;)

01-29-2005, 11:16 PM
Er, uhm, the sand, huh?

I swiped a pile from the neighbor's kid's sand box, but the wife says that there are more cats that use it than kids, so I had to take it back. http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/cryingsmiley.gif

Got to register the boys for baseball tomorrow AM, and then get a haircut. After that, it's dismantle the prototype, re-fab the back of the box to complete the seal, add the base assembly to match the exterior dimensions of the speaker cabinet, insuring that all joints are properly glued.

Then, when the assembly is complete and sand is poured into the base/box to dampen the bass and provide extra stability, I'll have to make a decision on the finish. I still have to get the Watco on the main unit, and then decide on the base color. Can't see trying to stain MDF, and am currently leaning to a flat black paint, which will allow the main cabinet to stand proud of the new base. The original small JBL base was also done in a flat black.

Any ideas or suggestions will be welcome. Just no cats please - the dog is making his position quite clear. It's Nipper or naught. http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/images/smilies/dont-know.gif

Steve Gonzales
01-30-2005, 12:02 AM
Go with the flat black for sure. No cat turds :barf: If you lay out your final cuts and prime them BEFORE you glue and screw them together, you will eliminate the possibilty of having problems with the glue not accepting the paint very well. . If you decide not to, at least clean off the excess glue really good with a damp towel to avoid this. Don't inhale too much of the fumes either:blink:

Earl K
01-30-2005, 05:45 AM
Nice work Steve :yes:

I do like those blue grills,,, very sharp !

I figure thats the "look" that JBL should of used in the first place. ;)


01-30-2005, 06:37 AM
Is that blue grillcloth the stuff from cardomain? It looks pretty good! I've got some, and while not an exact match with the original, it sure looks good by itself. Or is it something else?


01-30-2005, 06:46 AM
Nice work Steve:thmbsup:


01-30-2005, 07:35 AM
Excellent work. How do you get the time? :applaud:

01-30-2005, 09:25 AM
Beautiful baby beautiful! :applaud:

Steve Gonzales
01-30-2005, 11:38 AM
thanks fella's. where do I find the time, someone asked? I own my own painting company so I am not on a particular schedule. After the 3 three pairs of L222/220's, these where a welcomed, smaller job!. That blue grill cloth is from the first batch found a JoAnn's. I also re-glued and clamped the cabs so they are SOLID again.

01-31-2005, 03:22 PM
Great job! I love L110's. I always thought that a pair of L110's without the grilles on was one of JBL's most "high tech" looking speakers.


Steve Gonzales
01-31-2005, 04:38 PM
These are an unusual design. When you have as much success as JBL did with the L100 and you are replacing them with another model, you better have something good. I am amazed at the sound of these little power houses. The bass is really tight and punchy, no boom. I also like the 033 better than the LE25's of the L100's. thank you for the kind words too :) .

Ken Pachkowsky
01-31-2005, 05:31 PM
The above says it all bud.