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    altec in germany

    Hello everybody in this great forum!
    My name is Joerg, i am living in germany. And: I spent my first days with that great american altec sound!
    A couple of weeks ago, I got this: 3 bass-enclosures with Altec 3156 bass woofers, 2 299-8a drivers with 564 Mantaray-horns and 1285 crossovers. The local movie-theatre had them stocked, but no use for them in the digital world, with less and less people willing to leave their homes for watching movies.
    So the speakers found a new home! Right now they are playing the Hi-Lo's in a cold bavarian night. Next: Ray Charles.
    If everthing works out find there will be a photo atached to this post: this is the enclosure, build for cinema use.
    And will Ray is playing the piano very nicely, i am asking myself: can i do something, to make them speakers even better. I am new to the Altec-World, so i ask the experts here:
    - enclosure: good, bad, strange?
    - if bad, what would be better?
    - should i replace the caps in the crossovers?
    - should i sell the woofers and buy a different Altec-modell?
    - what woofer?
    - but what will be the result?
    - should i built some kind of frame for the horns?
    - should i replace the horns?
    - why is my english so bad?

    lots of questions, I know. It would be really great if someone can help me, as the speakers seem to be great but just the beginning....

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    Nice Find !

    Hi,
    welcome and congratulations on your find ....

    I would be tempted to rotate the bass cabinet to get more distance between woofer and the floor ..
    You are getting a lot of sound bouncing off the hardwood floor ...

    Think of finding a horn with greater horizontal dispersion too ! maybe a multicell !

    just opinions and suggestions .

    above all enjoy them !

    Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by joerg View Post
    Hello everybody in this great forum!
    My name is Joerg, i am living in germany. And: I spent my first days with that great american altec sound!
    A couple of weeks ago, I got this: 3 bass-enclosures with Altec 3156 bass woofers, 2 299-8a drivers with 564 Mantaray-horns and 1285 crossovers. The local movie-theatre had them stocked, but no use for them in the digital world, with less and less people willing to leave their homes for watching movies.
    So the speakers found a new home! Right now they are playing the Hi-Lo's in a cold bavarian night. Next: Ray Charles.
    If everthing works out find there will be a photo atached to this post: this is the enclosure, build for cinema use.
    And will Ray is playing the piano very nicely, i am asking myself: can i do something, to make them speakers even better. I am new to the Altec-World, so i ask the experts here:
    - enclosure: good, bad, strange?
    - if bad, what would be better?
    - should i replace the caps in the crossovers?
    - should i sell the woofers and buy a different Altec-modell?
    - what woofer?
    - but what will be the result?
    - should i built some kind of frame for the horns?
    - should i replace the horns?
    - why is my english so bad?

    lots of questions, I know. It would be really great if someone can help me, as the speakers seem to be great but just the beginning....

    thanks again for this great place!Name:  IMG_0734.jpg
Views: 1707
Size:  102.5 KB

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    Congratulations

    What you have is An Altec A6 with one woofer per cabinet.
    This version came with either 3 size of HF horns. Many grand theaters still have them they are better sounding then the JBL version. Keep them as they are.

    Check the following description.

    http://www.altecpro.com/pdfs/vintage...r%20System.pdf


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    Nice find. I wish I could find stuff like that!
    Show us what ya got: Homebuilt Hi-Fi

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    aha

    hi,

    thanks for the input!!

    so i will turn the speakers upside down today. I was thinking about that too, but from my open baffle experience i thought, maybe these reflections make the bass stronger....

    as i have a third woofer, should i buy another one? To put two woofers per side??? For better and louder bass?

    best
    joerg

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