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  1. Glen Iris is closer to me. I guess no harm in taking it in for a quote for repairs. The guitar is 40yrs old. It need some help just like the operator.
  2. Well, now that I think about it, the bridge was probably replaced more than 25yrs ago. That's what happens when you get old(er). In the attached image you can see the "humongous" bridge. It was "hand made". Apologies for the image which lacks detail of the bridge, a different context, and I couldn't be bothered with other photo's. The bridge is lifting up from the back (understandable). I did try to remove it with a hot knife - hide glue, I thought??? dunno, but I damaged the surface of the guitar trying it myself, hence the the question.
  3. Cheers buzz, will do. btw. I was up there in Mildura just after Xmas. Man, it was so freakin' hot!!!
  4. I have an old 12 string guitar, and the bridge is starting to lift. Probably due to years of using heavy strings. The original flimsy bridge was replaced around 15yrs ago with a more solid one. The bridge itself looks fine, it needs to be removed and re-glued. Can anyone recommend a quality repairer in Melbourne? Cheers.
  5. Well, seems the issue has been solved. Embarrassingly simple. Plugging it into a different USB has fixed the drop-outs. Amusing, because after and hours of reading, checking etc. and then finding that simply plugging in to a different port fixed it...
  6. Apologies if this thread is in the wrong section. I had an old firewire card and interface that worked "perfectly" with WinXp. I decided to upgrade and go with a USB interface (Yamaha AG03), than to pursue the old defunct firewire to usb option. Well, Now I have drop-outs with just playing back music!!! - even just in the standard Windows Media Player!! Not F*cking Happy Jan!!! Has anyone else had this problem with this device? Not F*cking Happy Jan!!! Might go back to WinXP......
  7. Thanks Juzzy. ... Ummm . . . Well . . . I'm back on the couch again!!! I just bought a sub-woofer to the extend the bass a bit. I did previously mention that I wasn't completely convinced that I was getting the bass response that I wanted/needed, and therefore surely the sub is justified Just that little bit of low frequency helps for sure. Everything is fine now, and no need to "improve" the sound anymore. All is good. Although perhaps a valve/tube pre-amp could increase the . . . . . .
  8. Hi Mike. I've already repaired the speakers my self. If I had to pay someone else to do it, then it probably wouldn't be worth it. I think they cost around US$1100 new in 1995, so in todays money around 3 grand?? They sound fantastic to me. [EDIT] Forgot to mention. All up including the repairs, they cost me around $350. Cheers.
  9. Finally after a lot of careful planning and "fly by the seat of your pants" moments, all 4 woofers have been repaired. A few minor glue splotches here and there at the edges that I would rather not have (for aesthetics), but job done, and no voice coil rubbing and no "physical" distortion. I haven't driven them properly yet - best to ensure that the glue has dried fully. But at this point a big improvement (especially on the bass). It's been about 2 days since the final gluing stage - the glue apparently dries within 1hr anyway, so I may well crank it up tonight. I did have a look at the crossovers and couldn't see any sign of leaking caps, they looked as new as the day they were installed, so I just left them as they were. Apparently the speakers were in storage for quite some time, so although the original rubber surrounds had degraded (time issue) the electronics would be more likely to degrade from usage, not time? Anyway, at this point all is looking good. I guess I'm still a bit scared of cranking them up just in case a huge bass note causes the cones to fly out of the cabinets!! Well, I hope not. Cheers, Steve.
  10. Thanks for the good advice. The whole thing hinges on the "refurbishment" of the woofers. I'm not completely sure about the new surrounds I've purchased. There are some measurement discrepancies between the diameter of the cone. These surrounds are glued under the cone on the inner side. Hard to explain, but the up-shot is I won't really know until the surrounds are in my hands. The surrounds I purchased are for 8" Altec 508's, which I have "assumed" are the same as the 508A's. Dunno, because there is NO freakin' info out there. The Altec Lansing Heritage Forums are only interested in pre-1975's stuff. Fair enough, but that leaves me in no-man's land, and I'll just have to deal with it as it comes. No big deal, as there has been no great investment of monies, but nevertheless, a big investment of my time. I really do want to get these speakers back to what I heard before, and back to original condition. One does wonder however, if when the original rubber surrounds deteriorate and become a bit hard, then pushed to a limit, then they deliver some nice "punchy" bass. Yummmmm.... Who knows what the future holds, only a fool would say. Well, I hope to get the surrounds in the next week or so, then perhaps the fool will be in a better position to say, Inhe?
  11. Cheers AI.M, Yep, I agree with everything you just said. I don't have replacement dust caps anyway, so removing them and using shims could possibly screw them up. I was just talking to my brother about the best way to attach the surrounds and we both agreed that using pegs as you suggested above, would be a good way to approach it. Sort of like a tack-weld situation. I've finally finished prepping them. I'd guess it took me around 2hrs for each - softly softly, I took my time. I could have got similar replacements (kevlar), but NO, I want to try and take them back to their original condition. As a side note, I mentioned in an earlier post that these 508A's tend to sound a bit "splashy". During the "thunderstorm" testing episode, I fiddled with the variable loudness control on the Yamaha A-S701 which "scoopes" out a bit of midrange and was able to remove, or at least control the sound to a point which I was very happy with. What that means is it was not the treble (tweeter) causing the offending frequency, but the mid-range which is a 2 inch titanium speaker. Which I still reckon seems more like a "squawker". I'm looking forward to getting the surrounds and replacing them. If they sound as good as they did (and they bloody well should sound better at the low end) then I'll be very very happy. These are pretty damm good speakers in my view. Hopefully I don't destroy them :).
  12. Done the googling enough. These woofers are not run-of-the-mill. Angled "under" surrounds" and non-standard plastic "over-surrounds". On the first speaker I removed a gasket that I probably shouldn't have. It can be fixed though. It's taken me many hours to prepare these, and it's looking pretty good. When the "surrounds" arrive from the USA, then I'll give it a crack, otherwise I'll get a professional to do it. Yes, it would have been good to order 2 more (these need 4. That is 2 in each cabinet). I may as well have done so considering the postal cost.!!! It's going be a huge task, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. I give myself 93% success, 7% fail. If I screw up, that would really piss me off. Nice original woofers (re-furbished) in original boxes.... aaarrrrggghhhhhhh!!!
  13. Yeah, I know AI.M, but it sounded so good I couldn't help myself. I knew it would happen, luckily no extra damage done (I don't think). I'm currently prepping the speakers by removing the surrounds and cleaning the cone up etc.. I'll see how it goes, I may even attempt to replace the surrounds myself. <gulp>.
  14. Well, during the "thunderstorm Test", I almost did screw up something else. I had the grill/cover over the other speaker that I thought was ok and was concentrating on the speaker of concern. The next day/s I pulled the cover off the other one and realised that one of the woofer surrounds was cracked approx. 1/3 of the way around. Ouch!!! Today, although I didn't want to, I removed all 4 woofers. I wanted to check that no damage had been made to the coils. I tell you it was hard to start slicing through the surrounds with my stanley knife knowing there was no return. But it had to be done. With the surrounds removed I was able to do a simple test by carefully pushing down on the cone. No scraping thank God, but the coils on these speakers are very tight around the pole piece. They are not damaged, but the small tolerance is by design. So now the 508A's linger in hibernation, and I've had to re-instate my old Linear Phase 8812 Monitors (the "White Van" versions). Needless to say, the difference is like night and day. I've ordered some replacement surrounds from the US. I'm going to carefully "prep" the speakers, ie. carefully remove the old glue/gunk (to help limit the costs). Cheers.
  15. Thanks everyone for your time and suggestions, much appreciated. Please, don't forget that the title of this post mentions: low-range-audiophile. I read up on the NAD 372, and if I had the opportunity to easily buy one, then that would be sitting in my lounge room right now instead of the Yamaha A-S701 that I ended up buying...(Gasp!!!) Well, without letting my heart get in the way, in practical terms, I had to be a bit conservative. With the yammy, I get a 2yr warranty. Also the yammy does tick all the boxes (for me): The power to cost ratio is very good, it has 2 digital inputs: Toslink and Coax, it has an option for sub-woofer out, and the variable loudness control is useful to tame/adjust some sonically crap recordings. It's certainly not a "sexy" amp, but the 508A's make up for that . The Yamaha's are known for perhaps being a bit "sterile" or "clinical" sounding. Well, my view is that an amplifier is the middle of the chain. Therefore it's job should be to simply reproduce faithfully the sound that comes in, not to impart "colour", and the yammy absolutely does that. If I'm not happy with the "sound", then I could always look at different speakers, or a valve pre-amp (a kit maybe?). I am happy with the sound I'm getting now. Although to get to the sort of loudness I like you have to push the yammy up to about 1/2 way and then those speakers really start to perform, no obvious distortion and I'm sure I could have pushed it even further. Having played in a band, when I say "loud", my version of loud is like standing in a 5x5mtr room with a drummer thrashing around and the lead guitarist always wanting to sound the loudest (as they do). I'm not saying my current system is as loud as that, but it is very satisfying and the sound is bassy, nice and clear. In Melbourne (a couple nights ago) we had a huge storm. This was a good chance to do some proper testing with volume - no chance the neighbours would complain about the noise During testing, a small 10x10mm piece of foam rubber fell out of the woofer that already has a cracked surround. So, that's it for loud testing in case I make it worse by screwing up the coils or something else. I've got to get the surrounds replaced on all 4 woofers. I've got one contact, but if anyone can recommend quality speaker repairers in Melbourne, I'm all ears. I could give it a go myself, but I'd hate to screw it up. Cheers, Steve.
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