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Where to find magnets???For Diy Planar
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Old 7th March 2006, 07:25 AM   #1
floydturbo is offline floydturbo  United States
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Default Where to find magnets???For Diy Planar

Does anybody know of a supplier for the exact kind of magnets used in magnepan speakers??? I have looked all over and have found suppliers for other kinds of magnets, but not the exact same kind that are used in the magnepans.. Any help??? So far I have posted this message in other forums and no one seems to know where to get these and just give me a link to a "generic" magnet supplier So any help in finding a supplier (besides magnepan) for the exact magnets magnepan uses would be appreciated
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Old 8th March 2006, 06:30 PM   #2
moray james is offline moray james  Canada
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Default Scrap yard or refigeration supply

You can sort through a metal scrap yard and pull off all the plastiform magnets off of fridge and freezer doors. You will find though that most of these flat plastiform magnets are multi pole types (side by side poles of n/s/n/s etc.) and you want single one pole per surface types. They are out there and you can find them. You could save the troouble at more expense and look at the refrigeration supply /repair shops and purchase the magnet that you need. Magnet supply shops can also help but will probably be more expensive than the refrigeration supply shops. good luck and have fun. Remember that Google is your friend. Regards Moray James.
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Old 8th March 2006, 07:47 PM   #3
ken.berg is offline ken.berg  United States
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I haven't looked closely at Magnapans since the early '70s, so I don't know what they are using nowadays, but the first item that showed up on a Google search was


which should prove woorth investigating.

I seem to remember some tie between early Magnapan products and a 3M product, but those brain cells have long since faded into oblivion.
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Old 8th March 2006, 10:46 PM   #4
gl is offline gl  United States
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I googled for "ceramic magnets" and the first item up was www.magnetsource.com. The ceramic magnet "block" page lists a magnet that is .25" x .25" x 3" that looks very similar to the magnets on the ribbon tweeter of my Maggies.

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Old 9th March 2006, 10:05 PM   #5
floydturbo is offline floydturbo  United States
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the magnets on my mgI look to be one piece 1/8 x 1/8x 48" unless they are several pieces that appear as one
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Old 10th March 2006, 02:31 AM   #6
Marik is offline Marik  United States
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Sorry, it might belong to a market place, but I have two boxes of IIRC, 3"x1"x1" ceramic magnets. I don't think I will find use for them soon, so if you are interested let me know and I will check exact size.
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Old 11th March 2006, 09:13 AM   #7
el`Ol is offline el`Ol  Germany
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I once considered to build a planar with air filter paper and with neodymium platelets available at Ebay. But I don`t know whether it works.
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Old 21st March 2006, 12:03 PM   #8
Samppo is offline Samppo  Finland
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From my experience I would suggest to stay away from fridge magnets or plastic magnets. They are usually quite weak and will probably give a poor result.

What type of magnets Maggies use I can't tell for sure..it's a while since I last owned a pair, but i do remember that the MG 0.6/1.5 had very slim ones. Not that wide or deep. I don't know what kind of design you'll be using them for, but a completely different magnet might work better in your case.

In most Apogees they used much bigger magnets that were roughly 10mm thick and 20mm wide with lengths of 40-70mm, judging from pictures. This for bass. For the tweeter section a bit thicker ones or then thinner ones stacked.

The magnets you could look for should probably be magnetized through one "side" to get a stronger magnetic field. Ferrite or Neodymium. Neodym magnets are much smaller and stronger, but also more expensive.
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Old 27th July 2010, 10:28 PM   #9
JAMESBOS is offline JAMESBOS  England
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best place and cheapest is china even after you pay the postage they are still cheaper than anywhere else. The company in question is:-
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