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    Dumpster Save!

    Christmas is early around here...Name:  IMG_0176_2.jpg
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Size:  73.6 KB The only things I know for sure besides one falling over, is that the surrounds are rock hard, the tweeters were added later, and all the wax seals are intact. I'll let you know more as I see what kind of shape the components are in...

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    Nice save! Congratulations!!

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    That's awesome! Great little project you have there now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Rinkerman View Post
    Christmas is early around here...Name:  IMG_0176_2.jpg
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Size:  73.6 KB The only things I know for sure besides one falling over, is that the surrounds are rock hard, the tweeters were added later, and all the wax seals are intact. I'll let you know more as I see what kind of shape the components are in...
    Damn! (and grilles too?!)
    Congratulations
    Whose dumpster?
    It'll all be perfect after a set of Rick Cobb surrounds.
    I'm happy for you but will not lie, a bit jealous as well.

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    Congrats!

    Wonderful find!

    Please post pictures as your restoration project progresses.
    Amazed I'm still alive!
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    Latest update..the 2405's and the 2420's passed the sweep tests, I bet the foam inside the 2420's is pretty disgusting, but as long as it stays out of the way, I think they are worth more with the seals intact. They are not the little stamped JBL wax plugs, but the original red paint is intact on the screws.
    One box had been dropped and damaged and a bad attempt was taken to reglue it, but it was a long,long time ago. After a heavy cleaning,glueing,and clamping session, the damaged box is as good as new..the glue joints broke and looks like it protected the components from impact damage. I cleaned out the broken wood, filled the joints with glue, and clamped every angle I could. After a day of filling and block sanding, they are back to the condition they were in before they went into the JBL spray booth.
    Here's the long and short of it. I already have a relatively nice pair of walnut 4333's which I have owned for 15 years. I don't need 2 pairs of big speakers, so one of these pairs will be for sale when I finish these. I am open to suggestions about keeping the value of the cabinet, but my plans are to, use a gearhead term, "resto mod" them. Relocate the 2405 to above the lens, like an L-300. I have a pair of acrylic phase plug 2405's. Fill the factory tweeter hole, and paint the front panel JBL blue, or matte black, again, like an L-300. Paint the backs semi-gloss black...(like the backs of my 4333's)...and cover the rest with walnut veneer. Replace the grill cloth with new issue JBL blue. Any comments,critiques,..suggestions?Name:  IMG_0187_2.jpg
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    Beautiful score. I can hear the screech of brakes.

    Studio gray works for me, so I'd stay with that. Part of the brilliance of the JBL blue baffle is how it and the blue grille cloth sets off the walnut veneer, and you already have the black grilles. As for veneering in those cabinets, what would you do with the front edges?

    I don't know what I would put in the cabinets, though. You don't say what crossovers are there, but that woofer and mid horn are a mismatch in any case by today's standards, so I don't think I'd try to make a speaker for me or to sell with those components.

    The cabinets and grilles would be a great help for someone wanting to DIY an L300/4333, and all the parts could be well used in other projects, yours or someone else's. There may be a case here for parting out.
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    IF you are going to sell your find, I think (my OPINION) you'd be best served finishing up the boxes and leaving them as built, factory tweeter holes and all, maybe even just re-painting them accurately and skipping the veneer

    I just feel that you'll realize more for what you have scored in as original state as possible than you will by making the final decision and presenting them to the market as a finished system (with at least one option removed)

    I have also seen a "mini-trend" with folks seeking out those original industrial painted cabinets

    Leave them "restored" (well cleaned and tested) but original

    Doing so will leave more options open to a potential buyer (and give you the flexibility to sell whole or part out)

    Your plan sounds nice and would certainly return an impressive and beautiful result; but you have no way of knowing what the next guy may (or may not) want

    My opinion

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    Sweet score. I agree with Wagner- restore to stock rather than resto-mod. What a lucky guy!

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    Look what I found under the factory grey paint....I though one was walnut veneer, but it turned out to be mahogany plywood, the other a lighter lumber core plywood. The mahogany one is noticeably heavier, and has a harder surface.
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    Sell the 4333's and make the dumpsters as cool as you can for the eyes and ears, enjoy for another 15 years!

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    Sometimes (occasionally) if a veneered cabinet didn't quite meet up to QC standards, it was reassigned industrial duty (and finish)
    They'd run them back through and paint them up as "industrials"
    Don't know about JBL's practice, but was a fairly common occurrence with Klipsch
    Might be why you have what you have (how close are the serial #s, if they have them?)
    Interesting discovery
    Very nice find and equally nice project
    Happy to see you've repaired the broken box
    With careful prep you could use stain to achieve a nice match
    I've pulled it off with Birch plywood boxes that were miles apart as far as a match
    Minwax Sedona Red is an excellent base color to start with and from there you can brown a wood out as needed to get a match with a darker/browner piece
    Look closely for filler repairs if you do decide to give pigment a try; much easier to deal with before a stain or dye is applied
    Good luck with whatever you do

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    Wow!!! what a great score. Congratulations Tim. A lot of good suggestions I guess it will really come down to what you want to finally do with them ie: keep, sell or do some funky project, that'll probably dictate what direction you take.
    YOu're doing a very nice job in repairing the damage so whatever you do will come out minty in the end.

    enjoy!

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    Thanks for the interest and suggestions, guys..here's a couple pic's before they got dis-mantled. I did some minor surgery on one of the 2215's..it had a a very minor rub point in its travel, so I had to soak the spider off of the frame and go inside and hope the voice coil wasn't junk. Luckily, it wasn't..just a very tiny bit of debris got stuck to the outside of the voice coil. I carefully picked it off with an X-acto knife and checked for clean movement in the gap. That worked out perfectly, so surgery no.2 separated the dome from the voice coil to allow me to get shims into the gap to reassemble the speaker properly. The 2215 seems to have a tighter gap than other JBL's I have worked on, but all is well now. I have taken everybody's suggestions into account about restoring these, and as much as I want to respect the originality of them, back in the day, the gray finish was the "utility" finish...meaning that you cared more about how they sounded as opposed to how they looked, or, you were going to put them in your own surroundings, and finish them to match. I have gone through 4 rounds of filling,sanding, and blocking to get them back to square and to just shoot them with gray paint just doesn't sit well with me. I am going ahead with plans to cover the sides,top,bottom, and front edges with walnut veneer, the back in semi gloss black, and the front baffle JBL blue, IF I can get an exact match of the color. The grills, although completely intact, are somewhat aged looking. The black grill cloth looks kind of threadbare for its age, if anybody wants it, let me know, it's going to get replaced with JBL blue. I'll get more pictures up when the woofers come out of ICU.....
    Interesting point about passing Q.C...back in the day, many Fender guitars went out with solid colors painted over sunburst. Legend has it that they all got sunburst finishes, but the ones that had imperfections in the grain that looked bad with a transparent finish got painted over with solid colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Rinkerman View Post
    Thanks for the interest and suggestions, guys..here's a couple pic's before they got dis-mantled. I did some minor surgery on one of the 2215's..it had a a very minor rub point in its travel, so I had to soak the spider off of the frame and go inside and hope the voice coil wasn't junk. Luckily, it wasn't..just a very tiny bit of debris got stuck to the outside of the voice coil. I carefully picked it off with an X-acto knife and checked for clean movement in the gap. That worked out perfectly, so surgery no.2 separated the dome from the voice coil to allow me to get shims into the gap to reassemble the speaker properly. The 2215 seems to have a tighter gap than other JBL's I have worked on, but all is well now. I have taken everybody's suggestions into account about restoring these, and as much as I want to respect the originality of them, back in the day, the gray finish was the "utility" finish...meaning that you cared more about how they sounded as opposed to how they looked, or, you were going to put them in your own surroundings, and finish them to match. I have gone through 4 rounds of filling,sanding, and blocking to get them back to square and to just shoot them with gray paint just doesn't sit well with me. I am going ahead with plans to cover the sides,top,bottom, and front edges with walnut veneer, the back in semi gloss black, and the front baffle JBL blue, IF I can get an exact match of the color. The grills, although completely intact, are somewhat aged looking. The black grill cloth looks kind of threadbare for its age, if anybody wants it, let me know, it's going to get replaced with JBL blue. I'll get more pictures up when the woofers come out of ICU.....
    So you were able to remove the cone entirely, and intact?
    Very good!
    What did you do to address the Lansalloy?
    That's very very cool that you could (if you did) attach the new surround(s) with the cone out of the basket!

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