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Old 27th July 2017, 08:34 PM   #1791
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Unfortunately, I have yet to find a suitable replacement for the brass inlays (they were custom fabricated for Acoustat). I changed the grille socks on my Spectra 4400's a few years ago, and I suppose I've gotten used to the missing inlays. But I'd still be interested if someone found a solution!
I removed the trim strips (wood/brass) from one of my 3300's in prep to remove the sock (still waiting...), and comparing the one with OEM trim, and the one without, I prefered without - less busy, disappeared more into the room. So both are now sans-trim. My socks are Ivory, which might make a difference in how well the trim 'works' with the different colors of cloth

P.S. I wonder if you could find some metalic tape to replace the brass strips, in an Art Supplies store. They have lots of various striping tapes.

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Old 27th July 2017, 10:10 PM   #1792
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I removed the trim strips (wood/brass) from one of my 3300's in prep to remove the sock (still waiting...), and comparing the one with OEM trim, and the one without, I prefered without - less busy, disappeared more into the room. So both are now sans-trim. My socks are Ivory, which might make a difference in how well the trim 'works' with the different colors of cloth

P.S. I wonder if you could find some metalic tape to replace the brass strips, in an Art Supplies store. They have lots of various striping tapes.

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Certainly, leaving the wood/brass trim off entirely is another option, and a lot less work. But I prefer the look of having it installed. I've looked at all sorts of woodworking edge-banding material, inlay strips, etc. The width of the channel is the issue - it's an odd dimension that does not seem to match any strip-type material that I've been able to find. I've even considered using some sort of decorative laminate (e.g. Formica) cut into strips, but likely that would involve buying a whole sheet for what would amount to only a few inches of material.


I told the Acoustat Marketing Dept. that the brass inlay would be impossible to replace and make for a much more difficult grille cloth charge, but they insisted on using it. I'll admit I like the looks of it, but my predictions have certainly come true.
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Old 28th July 2017, 07:27 PM   #1793
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Old 30th August 2017, 08:19 PM   #1794
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Certainly, leaving the wood/brass trim off entirely is another option, and a lot less work. But I prefer the look of having it installed. I've looked at all sorts of woodworking edge-banding material, inlay strips, etc. The width of the channel is the issue - it's an odd dimension that does not seem to match any strip-type material that I've been able to find. I've even considered using some sort of decorative laminate (e.g. Formica) cut into strips, but likely that would involve buying a whole sheet for what would amount to only a few inches of material.


I told the Acoustat Marketing Dept. that the brass inlay would be impossible to replace and make for a much more difficult grille cloth charge, but they insisted on using it. I'll admit I like the looks of it, but my predictions have certainly come true.
The metal trim on my 6600 is a turquoise colour. Is this original from Acoustat?
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The metal trim on my 6600 is a turquoise colour. Is this original from Acoustat?

Yes, this is factory-original. The turquoise color you see is actually a very thin peel-off protective plastic film applied to the brass-plated steel inlay. It's purpose is to protect the lacquered surface of the inlay, and it's intended that the final user remove it to reveal the brass underneath. This is the same sort of protective film that one sees on electronic devices over displays and other easily scratched surfaces.


Since that film has been on there for so many years, it may not be as easy to remove as it was originally. So you can leave it alone if you like it, or you can try to grasp an edge at the top or bottom and peel it off. Originally, it would have peeled off easily as one long strip, but now it may come off in pieces and/or leave an adhesive residue. I can't say for sure because I've never tried removing one some 25 years after manufacture.
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Old 31st August 2017, 01:04 PM   #1796
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Yes, this is factory-original. The turquoise color you see is actually a very thin peel-off protective plastic film applied to the brass-plated steel inlay. It's purpose is to protect the lacquered surface of the inlay, and it's intended that the final user remove it to reveal the brass underneath. This is the same sort of protective film that one sees on electronic devices over displays and other easily scratched surfaces.

Since that film has been on there for so many years, it may not be as easy to remove as it was originally. So you can leave it alone if you like it, or you can try to grasp an edge at the top or bottom and peel it off. Originally, it would have peeled off easily as one long strip, but now it may come off in pieces and/or leave an adhesive residue. I can't say for sure because I've never tried removing one some 25 years after manufacture.

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I like the colour as is. When I replaced the sock I had a really hard time lining up the nails on the trim to the holes. If I ever had to remove and replace I will just attach with double sided tape.
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Old 10th September 2017, 08:39 PM   #1797
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Has anyone ever tried a super tweeter with any Acoustats? I know the Townshend Super Tweeter was supposed to work well with Quads. I'm wondering if this would fill out the top end that can sometimes seem lacking.
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Gentlemen, I have a pair of Spectra 1100s that I've owned and enjoyed for a few years. I am now preparing to do some restoration work on them and have a few questions:

1. One of the speakers has the upper panel pretty much vertical. The other is tilted back a few degrees. Neither is loose. Both bases are fine and straight and plumb. Which is correct?
2. Is there a write-up or service manual somewhere (online) that shows the proper procedure to take them apart for inspection, cloth replacement, fixing the tilt issue above and/or other service?

Thanks for any help.
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Old 11th September 2017, 12:25 PM   #1799
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In reading through this thread I notice the idea of removing the felt dampening and replacing it with painter's tape has come up numerous times. Has anyone considered simply cutting holes in the felt? If the felt is just there to dampen the panels, but in the process obscures high end response, could some strategically placed cut outs (squares the size of several louvers even) allow the high frequencies to escape? Am I looking at this all wrong? I have waterjet cutters at work that can cut precision holes in the felt in any shape or size. Does anyone have thoughts on this or did I just open Pandora's Box?��
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Gentlemen, I have a pair of Spectra 1100s that I've owned and enjoyed for a few years. I am now preparing to do some restoration work on them and have a few questions:

1. One of the speakers has the upper panel pretty much vertical. The other is tilted back a few degrees. Neither is loose. Both bases are fine and straight and plumb. Which is correct?
2. Is there a write-up or service manual somewhere (online) that shows the proper procedure to take them apart for inspection, cloth replacement, fixing the tilt issue above and/or other service?

Thanks for any help.

An owner's manual for the Spectra 1100 was recently posted in another thread entitled "Acoustat Spectra 1100 and Adcom".


There is no tilt feature on the Spectra 1100. Panels should be perpendicular to the floor. I suspect your speaker with the tilted panel was assembled incorrectly. Not sure how that could be done, as assembly is straightforward and (or so I thought) foolproof.
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