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    LOOKY WHAT I JUST GOT......more L100s!

    A good friend just stopped in yesterday to unload some toys he thought I might appreciate. One is a Portable T-Amp :

    http://www.si5.com/products.php?pID=4005

    ...should be fun and maybe even useful to have around, for testing or for outdoor tunes. I'll let you all know what I think of it once I've fired it up.

    **********************************

    The other is a set of L100s. From what I can tell from resource material here, it's a pair of later L100As. Cabs a little rough but fixable, grilles seem modded (cloth on some protruding frame) and also a little rough. Woofs and mids look absolutely pristine, really made me gasp when I took them out to look & check models/serial #s. Tweets will need some love, one has a crinkle through the cone (might even have been a factory defect, can't tell) and the other looks like it's taken a good hit at some point ("pooched" keeps coming to mind whenever I look at it, not sure which forum member first used that in relation to f'd up tweeters). The tweets didn't come out of the cabs easily, so I didn't push my luck.

    L-Pads have a touch of static, there's a sound coming from the woofer cone of the 294016 cab that sounds like it might just be the speaker leads making contact with the back of the cone, we'll see. Overall, they seem to play fine.

    Some info, then more posts with pics.

    Cabinet labelled L100 serial # 294320 A:

    123A-3 # 91897
    LE5-2 # 347924
    I assume tweeter is an LE20-1, couldn't verify. Crinkled cone.

    Cabinet labelled L100 serial # 294016 A:

    123A-3 # 95284
    LE5-2 # 348019
    I assume tweeter is an LE20-1, couldn't verify. Pooched!

    je, surrounded by black walnut.

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    Pooched pics

    First is the crinkled cone, tough to show in a pic, runs from roughly 12 o'clock to roughly 4 o'clock in this pic.

    Second & third are the thoroughly crushed cone tweeter, very sad.

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    Cabs

    First pic is the cabs with grilles, then loaded cabs.

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    Grilles

    Look like modded frames to me, but then, I've never seen OEM frames. I can't figure how the stock foam would have been held by these as they are now.

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    Woofers

    123A-3s, just beautifully brand new looking. Pics don't do justice.

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    Mids

    LE5-2s, pretty as the 123As.

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    those are some fine looking drivers minus the tweeters of course

    I never saw a red ring around a tweeter before.Is that right?

    Ask your friend if he wants to drop off any stuff at my house?

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    My other L100 tweets (LE25s) have 'em:
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    Oh, and this is the friend with 4 Altec mono block amps he's looking to get rid of, but I don't think he'd drive from Alabama to Chicago to deliver 'em to you. He was in DC for business, so he was passing within 9 miles of me on his way home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Sanford View Post
    Oh, and this is the friend with 4 Altec mono block amps he's looking to get rid of, but I don't think he'd drive from Alabama to Chicago to deliver 'em to you. He was in DC for business, so he was passing within 9 miles of me on his way home.

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    I could offer him a few beers for the trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Sanford View Post
    One of those, along with something like an iPod, would be nice to take along whenever buying used speakers. A number of time's I've brought along a small AC powered amp and portable CD player, but battery operated would be easier...

    John

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    Yep, or on a construction site where we're installing multiple pairs of speakers and need to check the installations & wiring quickly but power outlets may still be few & far between. I used to carry an old JVC cassette boombox with speaker outputs for that. I'll find a couple uses for this little toy, its reputation seems to be for use as the mid/hi or hi freq amp in a bi- or tri-amp setup, not sure if I'm going to test that any time soon.

    It works, I fired it up last night. Usable, predictably not a lot of push when cranked but pretty clean. I was a bit surprised at how smoothly it started to break up when pressed harder from a hotter input signal, it distorted noticeably but not harshly. Good to know. This was with a regulated 12V supply, not batteries.

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    A nice clean 15 watts/ch of power - hey - Strom ought to get one for his Ltex ... I hear they play nice with lo power!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hjames View Post
    A nice clean 15 watts/ch of power - hey - Strom ought to get one for his Ltex ... I hear they play nice with lo power!

    (duckin' and runnin')
    They're pretty honest about being "nice clean" up to about 9W (0.04% THD @ 9W/4 ohms), but then they list "15W @ 4 ohms, 10% THD".

    Steep drop once you're over the edge, no?

    But, these go to eleven!

    I noticed they don't mention dimensions on the site (duh!), to me that's half the attraction. It's only 6" W x 3.5" D x 2" H, and most of that's the battery bays (8 x AAs).

    je

    P.S. Yes, I thought of our ThunderStorm when I saw the amp's specs.
    I'll try the amp today in my TR225s to see if I can rock the house, I'm doubting it. It gave a bit of thump with L100s, loud enough to sing along at least.

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    From my experience...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Sanford View Post
    A good friend just stopped in yesterday to unload some toys he thought I might appreciate. One is a Portable T-Amp :

    http://www.si5.com/products.php?pID=4005

    ...should be fun and maybe even useful to have around, for testing or for outdoor tunes. I'll let you all know what I think of it once I've fired it up.

    **********************************

    The other is a set of L100s. From what I can tell from resource material here, it's a pair of later L100As. Cabs a little rough but fixable, grilles seem modded (cloth on some protruding frame) and also a little rough. Woofs and mids look absolutely pristine, really made me gasp when I took them out to look & check models/serial #s. Tweets will need some love, one has a crinkle through the cone (might even have been a factory defect, can't tell) and the other looks like it's taken a good hit at some point ("pooched" keeps coming to mind whenever I look at it, not sure which forum member first used that in relation to f'd up tweeters). The tweets didn't come out of the cabs easily, so I didn't push my luck.

    L-Pads have a touch of static, there's a sound coming from the woofer cone of the 294016 cab that sounds like it might just be the speaker leads making contact with the back of the cone, we'll see. Overall, they seem to play fine.

    Some info, then more posts with pics.

    Cabinet labelled L100 serial # 294320 A:

    123A-3 # 91897
    LE5-2 # 347924
    I assume tweeter is an LE20-1, couldn't verify. Crinkled cone.

    Cabinet labelled L100 serial # 294016 A:

    123A-3 # 95284
    LE5-2 # 348019
    I assume tweeter is an LE20-1, couldn't verify. Pooched!

    je, surrounded by black walnut.
    The orange rings are LE25's.
    If you take out the interior frames with the cloth, the new foam grilles will seat down in there.

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