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Old 29th June 2012, 09:27 PM   #11
tyu is offline tyu  United States
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i like ESL...My Acoustat sound great..an the ML give massive output for ESLs..for rocking...have fun ...you wont No ..if you dont go...
When you go to hear the maggys ...put your ear on the back... an move your head a cross the panels an you can here were the tweeter an base wire starts... there should a diff....the glue thay used 30 years a go truns to a glass like brown bark... .goodluck
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Old 4th July 2012, 02:37 AM   #12
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Got a chance to see and hear the MG1's. They have black cloth. They look like the older ones.

I didn't get a very fair demo of them, because they were fed by a 1970s Marantz receiver that apparently has about 25 watts per channel available. The source was a portable DVD player playing CDs.

The speakers were crowded into a little room, only about 3 feet apart from each other. The back wall was irregular (shelves, boxes and lots of stuff there), only about 2 feet in back of the speakers. I stood about 4 feet in front of them.

The speakers did not seem to be making hardly any treble. It was there, but they were seriously "dark" sounding. They sounded best when I knelt down and listened to them with my head at about the center of the panels (ears at typical seated height). That was better, but the treble was still lacking. The balance got more like I'm used to once I turned the treble control on the receiver almost all the way up. That can't be right...

I put my ear to the speakers, right up close to the back of the panels, listened to them close from top to bottom and side to side. I heard the highs seem to come from about the center of the panels. Is that the way they should be? I didn't hear any "dead spots." Sound came from the entire panel surface, at least as far as I could tell. However, I didn't hear any spot that sounded like I was listening to an actual tweeter.

Does the above give you enough info to help me figure out if the speakers are functional?

I played some mild-mannered electric music, some singer-songwriter music (female voice), some small group acoustic jazz, and some symphonic music.

Those things, if you put your head in exactly the right spot, make the speakers disappear better than almost anything else I've ever heard. I understand why some people rave about these things. But the symphonic music sounded muffled and muddled. I can hear the potential in these speakers, but I have no idea if the little receiver was the limiting factor, or if I was hearing something wrong with the speakers.

So I got cold feet and didn't buy them. I can get them for a lot less than the $200 asking price, but do you think these might have bad tweeters?

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Old 4th July 2012, 04:01 AM   #13
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The likelihood of the tweeters being functional is really slim. Unless they have been rebuilt, they simply dont last this long. The tweeters are comprised of small gauge aluminum wire which oxidizes and becomes brittle over the years and breaks. Ive rebuilt several pairs of MGI/IIs and its really a labor of love and not really very economical. The mylar is getting old too so they do have a limited lifespan. The last pair that were given to me I gave away to someone far more skilled at repairs than I.

Steve Read's Rewired MG1's

You will get more enjoyment and save the hassle of repairs by picking up a pair of new or used MMGs.

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Old 4th July 2012, 04:17 AM   #14
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Better yet, get some good used MG-12s.
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