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Art Dudley

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Posted on July 20, 2012 at 06:31:56
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Hey Art I have quite a few vintage loudspeakers inc very mint matched pair of Altec 755 in nice cabinets if you need a loaner.

 

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Unsolicited or something from his column? -nt, posted on July 20, 2012 at 09:12:50
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something from his column, posted on July 20, 2012 at 09:51:10
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Mentioned listening to vintage speakers in article. This was one. I collect restore as a hobby and thought if he wanted to hear a pair that's tested matched and ready to go he can borrow mine, if he likes.

 

RE: something from his column, posted on July 20, 2012 at 20:52:49
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This is what I call a beautiful speaker which makes me cry. A golden ratio and just the one driver slightly pushed up from the centre. I can hear great music emnating from it.

Best Regards
Bill

 

RE: Art Dudley, posted on July 21, 2012 at 06:08:46
That's a very kind offer -- thank you! I'm at a bluegeass festival for the weekend, so I'll send you an e-mail when I return, late sunday.

 

RE: Art Dudley, posted on July 21, 2012 at 10:43:31
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Are they 755Cs? Look like Cs or maybe even Es.

A completely different thing from 755A, is that is the case.
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RE: Art Dudley, posted on July 21, 2012 at 12:15:24
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A's are the ones you want, C's are listenable but not magic and don't waste your time with E's.

On a somewhat related note, I think the Pioneer PIM-16s have an equal amount of presence and magic as the 755As through the midrange and they do the high stuff even better.

 

RE: Art Dudley, posted on July 21, 2012 at 12:32:31
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E but measured matched and in proper cabinets. Good luck finding 1- 755a let alone pair that matches in spec. Though I bet you have NOS 755A about ;) Most of us will never. When I've found 755a been to damaged to use. The 755c e are available and affordable 755a not so much. When writing about vintage might be more useful to do so about something obtainable. Sure its interesting to read about the vintage exotic gear that most will never see hear or come close to affording. But there are many who collect vintage that folks like you may consider scrap and I understand. But might be more guys collecting in that range,than like you. And you have to start somewhere. I for one would enjoy more younger collectors the history of audio should be passed on. Could come a time where the great collections of the boomer generations start heading to market. Who is going to be interested in this history if its been all kept away from hands on experiences? I do salute Silbatone for exposing many to the great history of audio. Just talking in general not trying to slam on anyone.

 

RE: Art Dudley, posted on July 21, 2012 at 13:51:13
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At the moment I only have ONE 755A. here's a pic....playing some old Buddy Guy on it while taking pics.

Why I sold my last pair, I'll never understand. So often, I kept a lot of weird useless junk and sold something I love.

I am priced out of the market like everybody else. Anybody selling a cheap brown color, late model 755A let me know.

755As are the ones...that's fo' sure. The others are good midranges but nothing special.

Don't want to be feeding our Vintage Man in Washington, Art D, second-class goods!

Check out the totally "ill advised" construction on the 618 cab. Cheap 1/2" ply, no stuffing , only a piece of mineral wool laid in on an angle.
Not the best 755 cab but sounds better then it should be perhaps.

755As are not really rare. I am sure they made tens of thousands of these things. I used to find four or five a year at least, in the pre-internet days. Good luck now with ebay making everybody an "expert."

I got this one in a Fender Vibrochamp that I paid $250 for three years ago. A totally smokin telecaster speaker but you know I plucked it out fast!

What I am working on now is getting boxes made for my 10" version 756Bs. Only way I was able to afford or find a second one of these is through the kind intervention of a friend from the Altec board. It took me 5 years to pair these up but this one IS rare.

Trust me...I have had more ghetto vintage hookups than anybody! I once tried two 755Cs for bass and a 755A for highs. Well that kinda sucked actually, but I tried it.

However, Art has been looking at some of the super classics like SPUs and whatnot and I'd have to say the A is the only 755 in that league

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pic of inside of 618 cab, posted on July 21, 2012 at 13:53:12
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check out that monster bracing and stuffing! 1/2" fir ply baby!
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RE: pic of inside of 618 cab, posted on July 21, 2012 at 17:08:54
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Sweet ;) But still I think a matched pair of 755e in a well designed cabinet isn't as bad as you think compared 1 755a in beat cab. And if you ever need cabinets I except vintage in trade.

 

RE: Art Dudley, posted on July 21, 2012 at 17:14:49
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Who needs stereo anyway? I enjoy mono and since much of what I collects pre stereo or vintage theater. I don't feel so bad only owning 1. Cheaper to buy 1 keeps the clutter down and variety up.

 

RE: pic of inside of 618 cab, posted on July 21, 2012 at 17:27:12
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I tried all of the related WE and Altec PM speakers, except the 10 inch WE or Altec 756...a gap I am about to fill soon, hopefully. Both the WE and Altec 10 inchers are hard to find. the Altec 756B was only in one bookshelf system and I don't think it was sold separately.


Well, OK, I never tried out the 755B woofer from the Altec Lido, but there is a pair of Lidos in the Silbatone collection that I might listen to before I die. The B has an alnico magnet, 8 ohm vc, and doped cloth surround and looks to be optimized for LF. Interesting!

In my experience, the 755A flatly smokes the other 755s for full range, especially a really good cabinet, which the stock 618 cab isn't. It is not even sealed. There is a small handlle hole on the back--too small to be a port. Don't know why they did that. WTF?

My Korean bud from Silbatone built a 755A back horn that delivers loud room filling bass. Amazing. I'll try to get a pic of it.

But this thread isn't about me, it's about what to send The Art-Man. He deserves the best...the 755A!... but he's not getting mine ;op
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RE: pic of inside of 618 cab, posted on July 21, 2012 at 17:40:05
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And I don't have a pair just lowly 755e. I now go cry in my Spaten while listening to modern horns...

 

RE: 756A vs 756B, posted on July 21, 2012 at 17:56:41
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Joe,
Do you know the differences other than 4ohm vs 8ohm for the Altec 756A vs 756B? I use the 756A in an open beffle. I am very curious about your cabinet.

Thanks Frank

 

RE: pic of inside of 618 cab, posted on July 21, 2012 at 18:24:55
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The 755As are really in a different league compared to the E'S. A Buddy of mine has a pristine pair of Es, they look brand new but the sound is merely "ok". He has a beat set of Cs which sound pretty decent but still not like As. Still, it is nice of you to offer your Es up for evaluation. They look like NOS and the cabinets are nice looking.


 

RE: pic of inside of 618 cab, posted on July 21, 2012 at 18:40:39
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Sorry Kloss, old chap...I can't feel sorry for anybody with more than 1000lbs of Altec speakers on hand!! ;op
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RE: 756A vs 756B, posted on July 21, 2012 at 18:53:57
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I am building a 2.5 cu.ft slant front box and i will leave space to mount a 32B horn with 802 to try a 2 way.

That is I'm trying to get a semi-local guy to build them....if not, might talk to my bud, KLOSS. He has a saw.

The Altec is not as nicely made as the WE, at lest on the surface. No handles and the steel frame *might* be a little thinner. Also uses a cloth rear vent like the 755A instead of a perforated metal type as found on the WE 756A.

Hey I don't think we should get into a heavy Altec/WE discussion here since the purpose of this forum tis to provide a venue for readers to hassle the ever-patient John Atkinson.

The point is the get the Art-Man hooked up with 755s. He might already have 3 pair in the barn for all we know! I am certain he is well aware of the existence and legendary quality of the speaker.
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cone of 756B, posted on July 21, 2012 at 19:04:34
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...more Altec Pr0n

I'm burnt on vintage gear collecting since I had more than my share back in the day, but I am very excited about giving these drivers a shot.

I get my kicks with the Silbatone Collection. My best stuff from the 80s when I was an addicted accumulator is part of this archival stash.

I figure I'll lay in a pair of 756s, a pair of 755As, one small horn system, then I'm cool. And oh yeah, I have a pr of GIP 18" field coil woofers, so I guess I'll need a complete set of drivers and horns for that too.

But, overall, I'm reasonably normal now, I swear...


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RE: Art Dudley, posted on July 22, 2012 at 06:21:24
That has to be the coolest hobby ever.

 

RE: pic of inside of 618 cab, posted on July 22, 2012 at 07:03:43
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Its the tip of the horn iceberg. Starting to look for a new home to fill. So far this ones my favorite.

 

RE: cone of 756B, posted on July 22, 2012 at 07:06:51
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Why does this interest me so? My mind must be warped,maybe its a genetic defect that makes one crave old stuff, thanks for the pic.

 

RE: something from his column, posted on July 22, 2012 at 07:08:40
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Thank you.

 

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