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    Mr. Widgets Sevilles live again.

    These Altec Seville cabinets were given to me by Mr. Widget about 5 years ago. Zilch kept them for me for well over a year before I finally made it to the Bay Area to pick them up. Then they just took up space in my shop til about a month ago.

    Finally decided to clear out some stuff, and just had to finally finish these guys. They will be loaded with a pair of Coral 12TET-1's, which have also just been consuming space. I tried them with the triax's loaded before re-veneering them. They will make someone very happy.

    They have just been re-veneered in walnut, and need to sit for couple days before oiling them. The grilles have been refinished, and are ready to insert when all else is done.

    Thanks again, Mr Widget. Old cabinets never need die.


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    It is nice to see you putting some life back into them!

    Sorry I bogarted the 414s... I still haven't put them to use, but if I live long enough...
    What will you be doing with the fretwork grilles? Are you going to refinish them or are you thinking of some other solution?


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    I couldn't believe how well the Seville grilles were held in place. Twice as many nails as Altec used in the larger Valencia's. And with the smaller package, the fit was much tighter. I broke off several corners getting them out of the cabinets. But all the pieces were saved, and eventually ended up being glued back into place. Now, after sanding the thickness in the corners so that they fit better, all that needs be done is to replace the black cloth on the backs. They have been sanded both front and back, painted on the fronts to "sort of" match the original colors, and are ready to have the new black cloth installed on the backs. The grilles are the "unobtainium" pieces of these early Altec designs.

    I will include some more pics when they are finished. Love them CorAltecs.

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    Jack Those look beautiful! Great job!

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    Very nice job

    Where did you buy the veneer?

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    Wow very nice work indeed. I love bringing old gear back to life and even more so when its better than original. You sir have skills.

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    Very, very nice! If we lived closer, *my* Sevilles would be your next project ... LOL!

    I can't quite figure out what's been done to the baffle/port configuration(?) Looks like you closed off the bottom rectangular hole and the upper opening for the 3000 tweeter -- and added round port tubes?

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    Still in process

    ReffuB, the veneer is made by Formwood Industries. It is paper backed which simplifies the application in many ways. Their website is <www.formwood.com>.

    Jim, the two rectangular holes were sealed off with 3/4 inch thick fibreboard plugs, which were cut to fit and epoxied in place. One of the cabinets had served as a test bed, so it had a few extra holes to fill. The tuning ports are 3 inch round, which were added below the triax's.

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    Yes, very nice.
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    Dang me!

    I had hoped to be through with these today, but one grille broke while installing it. Now it will be a few more days while the broken grille is glued and allowed to cure.

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    I looked at the picture before I read your post... dang? I think stronger words are appropriate here.
    A bit of glue and some patience and you'll be good to go!


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    Done!

    This morning the last grille went in without any problems.

    Altec certainly made some classic cabinets.

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    Those came out awesome. Makes me want to do something with the pair in my garage. Poor things been out there for 10 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackgiff View Post
    This morning the last grille went in without any problems.

    Altec certainly made some classic cabinets.

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    WoW ! Beautiful Job There Jack ! Those look like they just came off the showroom floor today ! I love the veneer and grilles !
    "James B. Lansing" = Lansing Manufacturing ~ Altec Lansing ~ JBL

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackgiff View Post
    This morning the last grille went in without any problems.

    Altec certainly made some classic cabinets.

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    Beautiful work....great to see these vintage beauties alive again!
    Vintage JBL and Altec fan

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