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    draft FAQ?

    Q: What is this (fill in the blank)? ...which might more appropriately be...
    Where can I find info on (fill in the blank)?

    A: Have you looked in the Library? It's awkward to search through, but many items are there.
    A: " " " " " Technical Reference Section?
    A: jblpro.com, jbl.com, altecpro.com, alteclansingunofficial.nlenet.net
    A: Is it Lansing (JBL or old-Altec) related? if not, you can ask (and might get a knowledgable
    answer), but there are generic audio forums elsewhere.

    Q: OK, how do I use the search function?

    A: http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/s...ad.php?t=11392


    Q: How much is this worth?

    A: Ebay is a good indicator of current monetary value. Just because it says JBL or Altec
    on it doesn't magically transform it into a pile of gold (automatically ).


    Q: Should I recone or refoam?

    A: Probably. If you can't tell, perhaps someone here
    can give you a referral to a local professional.


    Q: I have a set of speaker drivers, can you help me design a speaker system?

    A: Do some homework, put your ideas out there... you'll no doubt get opinions
    along with some useful information. It's up to you to sort it out.

    Q: Should I modify my crossover?

    A: Is it broken? Might you be better off with a different system?
    There are some documented success stories within.


    Q: What (fill in the blank) are best?

    A: The one's you installed in your modified (fill in the blank).


    Q: What's the best JBL speaker?

    A: The model you like the best.


    Q: I have stuff for sale, who wants to buy it?

    A: Specify a price or "make me an offer" and ask for responses via PM
    (expect low offers)
    State if/when sold or no longer for sale (for whatever reason).

    ...


    (OK, this is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but is there a place for something like this that
    could be appended to now & then?)

    -grumpy

    Indeed... include all of the "stickies".

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    Sticky threads would help

    I've suggested this before, but here goes again:

    A couple of sticky threads (e.g. one or two per subforum) with links to reference pages and ditto threads would go a long way IMHO.

    Examples:

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43093

    http://www.johnlsayers.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2125
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    sticky threads.

    If people would read them, I'd agree. There have been sticky threads at the top of many
    categories for a long time. They don't seem to address the most basic (and frequent)
    questions that get answered over and over and over and over and over and over and ....

    Perhaps we could take better advantage of their use somehow, as you've suggested.


    -grumpy

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    A collective effort?

    I like your general idea of posting a draft FAQ. A combined FAQ and reference link collection could be worked out by us members, and once deemed good enough, be converted to sticky by the moderators.

    Of course, in principle nothing prevents us from creating such threads and "bumping" them regularly, essentially achieving the same effect. However, such guereilla tactics would be a bit rude IMO.

    A recent post of Giskard's indicated that work on improving the site is ongoing, so I suggest we await a moderator's reply before hacking away.

    In any case, I (too), offer to help if wanted. E.g. we could probably distribute the responsibilities of keeping FAQ:s and/or reference link threads up-to-date.

    Fredrik
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    A recent post of Giskard's indicated that work on improving the site is ongoing, so I suggest we await a moderator's reply before hacking away.
    Good point. Food for thought, or something to throw darts at. If it helps, I'm happy.


    -grumpy

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    It's not a bad idea and has been kicked around quite a bit as a way of not rehashing the same questions over and over again. I have posted a couple of ideas along these lines. I think it has merit so why not see what we can come up with. We can link refoam questions with Bo's How Too thread as an example and expand on links we already have.

    Rob

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    I absolutely support a FAQ. I think it would be great if several of you guys took it upon yourselves to form a group and come up with one. Once you are done submit it for review.

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    draft FAQ 1.1

    If anyone else is interested in turning this inside out or making it more technically
    savvy, have at it. -grumpy

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Welcome
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...read.php?t=819

    Q: How do I use the forum?
    A: The mechanics for setting up and getting around are found here:
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbulletin/faq.php
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...splay.php?f=11

    Q: Are there rules for using the forum?
    A: http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...19&postcount=1

    Q: How is this site moderated?
    A: http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...ead.php?t=5768

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    Looking for information

    Q: What is this (fill in the blank)? ...which might more appropriately be...
    Where can I find info on (fill in the blank)?
    A: Have you looked in the Library? It can be awkward to search through,
    but many items are there, old and new.
    A: " " " " " Technical Reference Section?
    A: jblpro.com, jbl.com, altecpro.com, alteclansingunofficial.nlenet.net
    A: Is it Lansing (JBL or old-Altec) related? if not, you can ask (and might
    get a knowledgable answer), but there are generic audio forums elsewhere.
    A: Upload some pictures... someone might recognize your "find"

    Q: Effective search techniques?
    A: http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...53&postcount=5
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...75&postcount=9

    Q: Physical Enclosure information? (view and contribute):
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...ead.php?t=3166

    Q: Serial Number information? (mostly contribute)
    A: A member-run registry is here:
    http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/s...ead.php?t=8792

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    Selling/Buying

    Q: How much is (fill in the blank) worth?
    A: Ebay can be a good indicator of current monetary value. This site is not
    a replacement for doing your homework and knowing your market. Responses
    you may receive are opinion only, but may be based on some level of
    experience (don't get too disappointed or excited prematurely).

    Q: I'm selling or buying some large speakers, how should they be packed to
    reduce the chance of damage?
    A: A multi-member contributed thread on the topic:
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...ad.php?t=10246
    A: Another example of a well packed low-frequency transducer:
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...ad.php?t=13469

    Q: I have stuff for sale, who wants to buy it?
    A: Specify a price or "make me an offer" and ask for responses via PM
    (expect low offers)
    State if/when sold or no longer for sale (for whatever reason).
    Don't "threaten" to put it on Ebay... just do it.

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    Repairing/Modifying

    Q: Should I recone or refoam?
    A: Probably. If you can't tell, perhaps someone may respond with a referral
    to a local professional.
    A: The following is a member-contributed step-by-step photo and caption
    thread for resurrounding a JBL low-frequency transducer:
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...read.php?t=469

    Q: Where can I buy a recone or refoam kit?
    A: Recone kits from the factory are only available to authorized service centers.
    From there, it's up to the servicer to uphold his agreement with JBL to not supply
    an un-authorized person with a recone kit, or risk losing his service account.
    A: Refoams are not factory recommended, but there are a number of vendors that
    sell "kits" with instructions. A forum search should turn up several.

    Q: I have a set of speaker drivers, can you help me design a speaker system?
    A: Do some homework, put your ideas out there... you'll no doubt get opinions
    along with some useful information. It's up to you to sort it out.

    Q: Should I modify my crossover?
    A: Is it broken? Might you be better off with a different system?
    There are some documented success stories within. Use the search function.

    Q: What (fill in the blank) are best?
    A: The one's you installed in your modified (fill in the blank).

    Q: My JBL or Altec-Lansing computer speakers are not working properly...help?
    A: Unfortunately, such equipment is outside the scope and intent of this site.

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    Measurements

    Suggested Reference Material
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...ead.php?t=2315

    Theile/Small Parameter Definitions
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...ad.php?t=10246

    Measuring T/S parameters
    http://audioheritage.csdco.com/vbull...ad.php?t=14472
    Last edited by grumpy; 05-07-2007 at 10:46 AM. Reason: recone/refoam source question

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    Nice start there! Thanks!

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    FAQ

    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy
    draft FAQ 1.1
    - Nice effort .
    - I won't have the necessary dedicated time to explore all of it until this coming weekend .



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    A nice addition might be:

    Q. Where can I buy/get:

    Grille cloth,
    Speaker surrounds,
    Cone assemblies,
    Diaphragms,
    Foilcals,
    Knobs,
    Lansaloy,
    Goop,
    Crossover parts,
    Nameplates,
    etc.
    Harvey "Hifi" Gerst
    ("Hifi" was my nickname at JBL.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey Gerst View Post
    A nice addition might be:
    Q. Where can I buy/get:
    ... etc.
    Thanks Harvey!

    Other than the obvious mfg web site links, many of the rest might be member
    suggestions/contributions in the form of "group buys", custom manufacturing,
    3rd party vendor sources (where appropriate), experience w/materials,
    "I have a boatload of s*%T in my garage/basement...just PM", ...
    Probably enough to be it's own sub-FAQ or link page ? not sure how to manage
    such info, as some would expire more rapidly than others.

    Cabinet refinishing/restoration links/threads/summaries might also be a useful
    FAQ element.

    -grumpy

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    .. There have been sticky threads at the top of many categories for a long time. They don't seem to address the most basic (and frequent) questions that get answered over and over and over and over and over and over and ....
    Yea, the basic guides, clues and such are there, but not at the top of the page.

    They are only found under Forum Information - Read Only, an unfortunate title which may not encourage users research that area first, if at all.

    Maybe this, and a broadened FAQ, should be placed at the top of the page...?
    bo

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    yep. stuck that in the draft FAQ as the 2nd link under "How to use the forum".
    I agree about making this stuff obvious and visible. Unfortunately (at least in my
    opinion), the current obvious clickable FAQ thingy is about vBulletin, as opposed
    to a Lansing Heritage Forum FAQ. -grumpy

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    Expanded Answer

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    Q: Should I recone or refoam?

    A: Probably. If you can't tell, perhaps someone here
    can give you a referral to a local professional.

    If the surround is shot more than likely the the voice coil suspension is following suit. Reconing is always preferred unless the recone kit is NLA.

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