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    $5,000 for one compression driver?

    Do these sound that good or are they extremely rare - or both ?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW

    That's a lot of $$ for 1 compression driver....................





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    It can put out special sound frequencies that have been found to remove malicious cancer tumors and cure AIDS.

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    That's insane! I wonder how many thousands of those just ended up in dumps?


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    Well thats a $5000 crap shot! I inderstand it look's like NOS which is amazing but I hope it was stored for the last 70 years in right enviornment.


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    Antique & Investment

    2 words come to mind: "Antique" and "Investment"........ AND it must sound incredible. Must not be a lot of them left, and someone obviously feels it's a good investment. I could buy a lot of stuff for $5,000.............



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    Exclamation It's OVER $6000.00

    It's OVER 6 GRAND now..................

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    - The 597b shown in these pics, sold for $10,000. (US) back in 2002 .
    - Since then, I believe the market has softened some / OTOH / these units are extremely rare.

    - The last photo gives a pretty decent shot of the drivers phase-plug .

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    How many are left ?

    Just out of curiosity, how many of these units have survived ? I realize that's a difficult question to answer, but approximately how many ? As with any antique, the smaller the number of surviving examples, the higher the price.

    I still don't get it tho, 10 grand for one compression driver ? After you paid that much for it, would you put it on a shelf and admire it or hook it up and listen to it ? Do they sound that good ??? What type of bass enclosure would you use with it ??? Guess if you had that much $$ it wouldn't matter.......



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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerXtreme
    It's OVER 6 GRAND now..
    The last two went for $12k each , this one should do that too.

    That's the third new one that's come up now - I believe they were withdrawn by W.E. after a brief trial period.

    They were used as UHF on W.E.'WIDE-RANGE' 3-way SYSTEM (early 1930s) but were often disconnected
    because they emphasized disc hiss only (the VITAPHONE soundtracks used records played in sync with film)

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    museum piece

    really expensive paper weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hector.murray
    really expensive paper weight.
    True... but I bet there are Tiffany paper weights that are worth more to the right collector.

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    Insanity

    What am I missing here?

    To me, it seems there are plenty of greedy people out there, with a lot more money than common sense.

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    Greedy?

    Perhaps you would have the government sieze this guys 597A driver?

    How about a maximum price for all e-bay auctions? Say $50. Maybe we should just ban all financial transactions.

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    Sorry, OT

    Quote Originally Posted by 4345
    Perhaps you would have the government sieze this guys 597A driver?

    How about a maximum price for all e-bay auctions? Say $50. Maybe we should just ban all financial transactions.
    Sorry if I stepped on your toes. Sensitive issue I think.


    But hey, don't get me started here, in my view, this planet wont be able to avoid a total political and financial "meltdown", ever, as long as we buy in to the notion that EVERYTHING in this world has to be centerd around money and power.

    I think people get along just fine, until someone adds the element of money.

    All the in this world is IMHO, the result of us believing the world couldn't work without money and power.

    The perfect lie, is the one, told so many times, that it makes the truth seem like a perverted dilusion.

    Sorry about the OT, I just couldn't help my self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerXtreme
    Just out of curiosity, how many of these units have survived ? I realize that's a difficult question to answer, but approximately how many ? As with any antique, the smaller the number of surviving examples, the higher the price.

    I still don't get it tho, 10 grand for one compression driver ? After you paid that much for it, would you put it on a shelf and admire it or hook it up and listen to it ? Do they sound that good ??? What type of bass enclosure would you use with it ??? Guess if you had that much $$ it wouldn't matter.......


    Hmmm, low production (serial # is lo 2000's) probably a few hundred surviving units.

    These are UHF tweeters for above 4000 hz only . Might sound similar to an Altec 3000
    but much more esoteric (designed by Bell Labs N.Y. in the late 1920's)

    Speech Coil = 20 ohms
    Field Coil = 6.6 ohms
    Field Power = 7 volts @ 1.06 amps = 6.8 W
    Speech Power = 6 W
    Dimensions = 7" x 4.25" (including horn)
    Weight = 6.5 lbs

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