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Old 27th April 2007, 01:56 PM   #1
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I just scored the find of my life at a local flea market.

I was walking around the market and I saw these "things" sitting on a table. I picked one up and thought "wow, this thing is heavy". At the time I had no clue what it was and I had never heard of ESS or Heil. I asked the guy what they were and he said "some sort of speaker". What an understatement. Here is the good part, I asked him what he wanted for them, still not knowing fully what I was buying, and he said $15. I said $10, and he said deal.

So, I took these heavy blocks of whatever they were over to a fellow speaker enthusiasts house and his jaw dropped. He immediately wanted to know where I found them. I asked why and he explained what they are in what seemed like one long winded breath.

Happy to know I didn't just waste my $10, I went home to test them out. I very carefully balanced them on the top of my Silver Iris baffles and fired up the HTPC. The crossover was set at 3k for the SI's, so I left it there and adjusted the level by ear until it sounded even (no spl meter). I then closed my eyes and adjusted the crossover back and forth until I thought it sounded good. When I opened my eyes and looked is was set at around 900hz.

I loaded up some of my favorite tunes and sat back and listened. Wow, I was completely amazed. They made the SI compression drivers sound like someone yelling through a hole in a tin can.

I know there are probably better divers out there, but these "things" sounds as close to perfection as I have ever heard.

Did I mention I payed $10 for them?

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Old 27th April 2007, 02:10 PM   #2
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You will find those for sale on eBay for far more than you paid for them - never heard them myself but they are supposed to be excellent and are highly sought after. You scored a deal for sure.
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Old 27th April 2007, 02:19 PM   #3
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I just scored the find of my life at a local flea market.

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Old 27th April 2007, 03:34 PM   #4
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Excuse my ignorance. I can tell they are ribbon tweeters, but whats the brand and model?
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Old 27th April 2007, 03:36 PM   #5
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Heil AMT - .... regarded as the holy grail of tweeters by some
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Old 27th April 2007, 03:42 PM   #6
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AMT = Air Motion Transformer, ESS loudspeakers. Wonder if anybody's ever measured them?
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Old 27th April 2007, 03:42 PM   #7
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Youre like one of those people on Antiques Roadshow that have something that they think is junk and its worth $200k. I hate you as equally as them........
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Old 27th April 2007, 04:06 PM   #8
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AMT = Air Motion Transformer, ESS loudspeakers. Wonder if anybody's ever measured them?
Yes, I was just searching and found a long thread with some graphs.

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showt...559#post295559

I realize after searching, the subject of the AMT has been discussed to death over the years, which I would expect of anything 30+ years old worth discussing. I was just so excited I had to make a post.

I was searching for the perfect mid/tweeter for my open baffle tri-amped setup and now I have them. I can see myself listening to these for many years to come.
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Old 27th April 2007, 05:47 PM   #10
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Hand me my voodoo doll.

Seriously though, congratulations on your find!
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