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    replace 375 with 2440

    ok stupid question number 6.
    i want to sell my pair of jbl 375 with red seals out of my s8 system and replace them with a pair of jbl 2440 and use the rest of the money to buy other speakers? any thoughts?

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    1st that will make your s8 worthless, it is the same driver but most 2440's have been exposed to harsh situations and sound differend from rust and the elements.

    If you do that just burn the s8 this winter to stay warm. You will ruin them.
    Well why not it's just one more pair...
    4340's and 250ti's what an odd pair...

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    I understand that the 2440 and 375 are identical mechanically? If so and you use a 2440 in good shape then why not? The speaker will work and sound the same, it will be the same machine, and you'll be money ahead.

    THe collector mentality expressed here is odd, to think that the speaker will be worthless if you change the drivers doesn't show much confidence in the speaker's value as a.........speaker.

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    Agreed.

    I'd replace the 375's with 2440's in a heartbeat if it meant someone was goofy enough to pay top dollar for the 375's just because they have a 375 foilcal on the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwight8 View Post
    ok stupid question number 6.
    i want to sell my pair of jbl 375 with red seals out of my s8 system and replace them with a pair of jbl 2440 and use the rest of the money to buy other speakers? any thoughts?
    If money is tight, I'd likely do the same thing, however I wouldn't be buying "other" speakers, I'd be having the 2440s brought back to spec. I am afraid that JBL no longer offers this service, but I am not certain... it would be worth an inquiry.

    The fact is, almost none of these vintage drivers still perform as new... especially the gray battleships that have seen pro audio duty. Any replacement 2440 will need new diaphragms at a minimum and may need to be cleaned, realigned, and remagged as well.

    When it is all said and done, a pair of decent looking 2440s that are thoroughly gone over may cost you almost what you'll get for your minty 375s... plus or minus a couple of hundred bucks due to the many variables involved. The rebuilt 2440s will be perfect acoustically... your 375s are probably not, but you can't tell without having them tested.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4313B View Post
    I'd replace the 375's with 2440's in a heartbeat if it meant someone was goofy enough to pay top dollar for the 375's just because they have a 375 foilcal on the back.
    ...and we all know there are plenty of those "goofy" people out there.


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    Another way to look at it is to see that you would be selling now a good deal, well over half I would say, of the collector value of your system, and putting the value into something else that will, unless you are very careful, probably diminish in value rather than increase. I'm not saying don't do it, but if you are asking whether you can eat your cake now and then eat it again later, I don't think so.

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    Dwight8, it is hard to resist your logic when clean 375 pairs are bringing $3k and up. A good pair of 2440s will sound the same, but they might be hard to find. While most 375s have lived easy lives in audiophiles' homes, most 2440s have been on tour with Mott the Hoople or lived outdoors for twenty years in some installed system. It's a jungle out there.

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    "Mott the Hoople " interesting band to pick for an example!


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    Hi Mike. Yeah, I had considered Uriah Heep also.

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    when i was only 17......



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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Schell View Post
    Hi Mike. Yeah, I had considered Uriah Heep also.

    Let's throw in some Canned Heat and Iron Butterfly for good measure! For a real endurance test let's not forget Motorhead.

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    For a real endurance test
    I don 't know Mike, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida always seemed to work that way for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robh3606 View Post
    I don 't know Mike, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida always seemed to work that way for me.

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    Cool

    All the above mentioned artists are fine with me!

    But +1 on King Crimson.

    Confusion... Starless...

    Also +1 on the refurbed 2440's. I'd compare to the 375's and then decide whether to keep 'em or sell 'em...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbl_daddy View Post
    1st that will make your s8 worthless, it is the same driver but most 2440's have been exposed to harsh situations and sound differend from rust and the elements.

    If you do that just burn the s8 this winter to stay warm. You will ruin them.
    I have to agree.

    What S8 are we speaking of?

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