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Old 21st November 2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default Damaged rubber ring Tannoy DC6T

Hi folks!

I have a new set of Tannoy DC6T's which I absolutely LOVE! They are an awesome set of floor standers even with my lowly Yamaha RX-397 providing the power.

3 days ago I nearly had a heart attack when I noticed that one of the rubber rings had 'cat damage', I small rip in the top woofer. I have been in contact with Tannoy's dealer in Spain and they want 230 euros to supply me with a whole new cone! Thats a lot of money for me especially considering how small the damage is!

My question is can I in anyway repair this rip without replacing the whole woofer? I really don't want to pay out 230 + postage for such a stupidly small amount of damage. I really want to get it repaired incase it gets worse or starts to affect the sound quality.

I have attached a photo of the damage and would like your opinions. Can I repair it locally? Will it get worse? Will it affect sound quality?

Thanks in advance folks, your help would be really appreciated!

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Old 21st November 2011, 01:52 PM   #2
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The rubber ring is the surround.

That drive unit price you were quoted sounds very expensive indeed, have you tried contacting Tannoy directly?
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Old 21st November 2011, 02:17 PM   #3
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Yes it can easily be repaired with no detriment to the driver.

If is a pvc type surround I have used a small quantity of "vinylweld",
(intended to fix rips in faux leather furniture), before to good effect.

If its more like a foam a small amount of PVA wood glue works well.

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Old 21st November 2011, 02:29 PM   #4
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I second that. Try the Vinylweld first, use very sparingly.

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Old 21st November 2011, 02:38 PM   #5
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And apply from the rear to keep the front neat.
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Old 21st November 2011, 02:51 PM   #6
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I like where this is going. Looks like you guys are gonna save me a small fortune! Which comes as a great help considering I'm gonna become a Dad on Wednesday!

I gonna have a bash at repairing it with some of this Vinylweld, I will see if Leroy Merlin sells it, they should have some.

How do I go about taking the woofer out of the chassis? There are no screws or anything, I guess its glued in ?

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Old 21st November 2011, 02:54 PM   #7
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oops, as above!

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Old 21st November 2011, 03:00 PM   #8
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I've fixed a driver with cat damage just like that with a little rubber cement on the end of a Q-Tip, from the back side. You can't even tell.

Edit: Does that gold ring come off? It looks like the screws are hidden underneath it.
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Old 21st November 2011, 03:55 PM   #9
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Ask Tannoy how the silver ring comes off unless you can see a recess in the rim. Obviously you do not want to damage the cosmetics of the baffle.

Some speakers with no visible screw points are bolted in position with a long bolt attached to the back of the cabinet, and loosening this simply allows the driver to fall out the front. I do not think the Tannoys are like this from memory.
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