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Repairs

 

Benefits of Repair Over Replacement


In addition to manufacturing loudspeakers, we offer expert repair of vintage loudspeakers. While there have undeniably been great strides in speaker technology over the years, many would be surprised at the sound of refurbished quality speakers such as old ARs or Advents. Unfortunately, the surrounds on the majority of these speakers have severely degraded over time, making them unusable.

In the majority of cases, replacing the surround is all that is required to bring the driver back to like-new performance, and in some cases, even better.

We strongly recommend that you repair the original driver of your loudspeaker. Replacing the driver with a different one may seem easier or even cheaper, but will result in worse performance 99 percent of the time. This is because all design parameters for a loudspeaker are tailored for the specific drivers employed. A different woofer may sound different, but almost never better.

If only one woofer is showing signs obvious signs of deterioration, do yourself a favor and have them both redone. Experience has shown us time and time again that if only one is repaired, you will eventually turn up the volume to the point where the new woofer will sound great, and the surround on the other one will fail, and then require repair. It might not happen today, or even tomorrow, but it will happen sooner rather than later. So repair them both.

            Van L Repairs vs. DIY Kits

Surround repair kits available from various sources on the net, and we have re-repaired many drivers that have been fixed with these kits.  There are a few key things to keep in mind when comparing the DIY method with our expert repair service.

- Sound.   We *mechanically*  center the voice coil when repairing your driver. Physically centering the voice coil with shims, etc. in most cases will not correctly align the voice coil. The result will be voice coil rub and increased distortion.

- Materials.  We use a special  type of flexible glue designed for this application. This is not the same glue you get with the surround kits!

- Experience.   We started out building our own drivers many years ago, so we are familiar with every driver-related problem to b aware of. You can trust we will do it right the first time.

We can also custom fit surrounds for drivers that are hard to find or that do not conform to U.S. standard sizes, such as the A/D/S 7" drivers

         Tips for Shipping Your Repairs

If you would like us to repair your drivers, follow these basic steps to ensure your equipment will reach us safely. Remove them from the cabinets and mark each positive and negative wire prior to disconnection. Then place them so the surrounds face each other,  using wire to hold them firmly together for shipping. Use enough packing material or newspaper to support the frames during shipping.

In some cases (for example, some speakers with wrap-around grill cloth) it may not be possible to easily remove the drivers. We can perform this service but there may be additional labor costs in those instances.

Please give us a call before shipping so we can discuss
any special circumstances and make sure the repair is correct course of action.

Surround replacements are backed by a 5 year warrantee on parts and labor

Repairs require seven working days.

 

                Surround repair price list

Size

Driver type

Price

4"

mid/bass

$40 each

5 1/2"

mid/bass

$50 each

6 1/2"

mid/bass

$55 each

8"

bass

$65 each

10"

bass

$70 each

12"

bass

$75 each

15"

bass

$85 each

18"

bass

$95 each

8"

passive

$45

10"

passive

$50

12"

passive

$55

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