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    Model 19 makeover

    These were going to be modified Model 19s but somewhere along the way I sold them. What I ended up with are Altec 620A (Model 18) cabinets with Altec 416-8B woofers, Altec 288C drivers with 8 ohm diaphragms and EV HR60 horns. The tweeters are Heil AMT-1 and crossed at 9K. The crossovers are Model 19s upgraded with Solens Fast Caps and North Creek air coils.

    I am currently running a Dynaco CDV2 tube output CDP directly into a McIntosh 240 amp.

    I have had several stock vintage Altec systems including, Valencias, Model 18s, Model 19s, Model 15s and JBL Olympus with a variety of receivers and amps. I was a studio musician for many years and I have heard what I consider great sound but I was blown away when I played the first CD a few weeks ago and after listening to 200+ CDs my appreciation has only grown. It is amazingly musical and instruments sound totally natural and realistic. Almost every CD that I have sounds great and many that I wouldn't listen to otherwise are such good recordings that I find myself compelled to listen.

    This was inspired by a friend in Holland who recently built the same system and convinced me that I would love it and I haven't been disappointed. Thank you Evert.

    Bob Walker
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    Not only are you thinking outside of the box, but you are working outside of the box as well... I hate that saying.

    Looks very interesting... have you tried any other horns? I am not suggesting that these are bad, I really haven't a clue what they sound like, but it would be interesting to compare... with say 511s.

    How does the Heil driver do sensitivity wise?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    Looks very interesting... have you tried any other horns?

    How does the Heil driver do sensitivity wise?

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    I wanted a 60 degree horn and the EV doesn't have any issues. I have a single Altec 311-60 but haven't found a suitable mate yet.

    The Heil is very sensitive and will handle volume unlike most ES tweeters.

    Bob Walker

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    Those EV CD "Great White Horns" have a following out there.

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    throw all other stuff in the dustbin and keep these ! !



    Regards from a simple man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Brennan View Post
    Those EV CD "Great White Horns" have a following out there.
    So do those bow tie Emilars.


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