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Old 7th May 2005, 06:54 PM   #1
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Halo,

Does anyone know where to buy surrounds replacements for Lowther drivers?

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Old 7th May 2005, 07:22 PM   #2
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FWIW, I was unable to find commercial aftermarket surrounds for mine;the compliance of Lowther surrounds is higher than standard replacements.
I eventually successfully rebuilt them with surrounds kindly supplied by a Lowther enthusiast (who asked not to be named). Where he obtained them, I don't know.
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Old 7th May 2005, 11:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the answer.

All I found in the internet is this auction:

http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...PcY_BIN_Stores

Are these any good?
Does Lowther sell the surrounds repacements?

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Old 9th May 2005, 09:58 AM   #4
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Possibly. I'd be wary of buying from Ebay however -I've been screwed too many times.
That said, I did get a superb pair of Tannoy Lancaster's for a bargin price. And a year back, a pair of MONSTER Sansui's dating back to 1977, and sounding fantastic (if you like that sort of thing. Still, one can have varied taste in audio, correct?)
You might be better off taking advantage of Lowther's Service Exchence Scheme and let them worry about the old drivers. Just a thought.
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Old 9th May 2005, 10:29 AM   #5
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Hi Bartek,

I don`t want to sound discouraging but I think a small comment of warning might be appropriate.

Are You aware that even in case You`d get suitable surroundings that mounting them correctly would be hell of a tricky job?

In case You never tried something like this before, I wouldn`t begin exactly with Lowther`s!
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Old 9th May 2005, 07:24 PM   #6
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Are You aware that even in case You`d get suitable surroundings that mounting them correctly would be hell of a tricky job?
Yes, I'm

I got a pair of PM2C for free. They just need new surrounds. Wouldn't you try if you got a pair for free?

Lowther exchange program is still too much money I have to pay.

Thanks for the answers.

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Old 10th May 2005, 02:28 AM   #7
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I got a pair of PM2C for free. They just need new surrounds. Wouldn't you try if you got a pair for free?
I don`t know if I would try myself, I believe rather not (at least not when the surroundings do cost Euro 90....).
What I did once was to exchange a complete diaphragm/voicecoil/spider/ surrounding unit on a pair of Scanspeaks. It was difficult enough and I was very happy after I got them running properly again. I`m not to keen to try that again.

I think to change only the surrounding is much more difficult than such a complete unit as described above, in particular on drivers with a super-narrow airgap as with Lowther`s and a flabby foam surround.

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Lowther exchange program is still too much money I have to pay
Well that`s true with most of the other brands also, that`s almost as expensive as new drivers.
I don`t know how much is such a complete diaphragm/voicecoil/spider/ surrounding unit from Lowther but usually (other brands) those are about one third or less of the price of new drivers and I believe this would be much more worthwile to try.
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Old 10th May 2005, 11:18 AM   #8
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Have you actually contacted Lowther to ask for their advice? Lowther UK are a friendly bunch. I don't care what the economists say about hard-nosed business sense; they wouldn't have survived longer than any other hifi company if their customer relations and service was anything other than excellent. If you haven't yet, fire an email their way. I'm sure they'd be willing to help out as best they can. They'd rather their products were soldiering on out there than going to the great scrap-heap in the sky, that's for sure.
One other alternative: sell them on to someone with a little more cash to spend on reviving them, and use the proceeds to buy whatever driver from the Fostex range floats your boat. I reccommend the FE167E as a good place to start; and probably the most versatile of the lot. They'll mug a tired Lowther any day (not the case when new, but we're not comparing like-for-like here).
Just a thought.
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Old 10th May 2005, 03:35 PM   #9
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Halo,

I asked Lowther, but they said the new surrounds don't fit older units and they don't stock/produce replacements for old ones.
Shame on them as Lowthers are so collectible drives.
Porsonally I also have some doubts new surrounds won't fit as I have seen Lowther drivers (new and old ones) many times and they look the same.

I'm using Fostex FE 204 now so I'm familiar with those units. I just wanted to try to fix those PM2C I got for free. What am I suppose to throw them out as a piece of garbage? I like them and I want to fix them. No problem with the skills as I can do it

I tried another sources and there are pretty much no other than some Kawagushi site. But they make surrounds for Lowther with rubber (???) and they are not cheaper than those from FS Germany. I wonder where all the people using older units get them fixed and where they get surround. I have seen the website with working old units many, many times.

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Old 12th May 2005, 06:21 PM   #10
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I got those surrounds last year, though it seems to me that I got them from a seller with a different name (Irene Adler maybe?) -- though still having to do with Fullrange Speaker. On one hand, around 100 dollars for four little pieces of foam is appalling, but on the otherhand, its about a quarter the cost of having Lowther do it. Replacing both suspension and spider is difficult, but I managed (you need to shim the voice coil, and you need to be very careful doing it because of the wires wound on the inside of the voice coil). I feel the result is very much well worth it -- I love the speakers, and there is no way I could afford factory rebuilding, and so far I have no reason to think I didn't do it as well as the factory.
But: make sure the surrounds are for the PM 2s you have -- the ones I got were for the PM 6s I had.
I think you ought to try it -- while caution is always adviseable when buying things from Ebay, I found the seller responsive and straightforward in answering my questions, and had no problems with the sale.
I think I described my experience on both this site and AudioAsylum -- if you do a search you might find my post, and it might mention stuff I have forgotten.
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