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Old 23rd September 2009, 01:25 PM   #1
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Default Stage Accompany: the end or not?

Having surfed in the last few days on Dutch websites, it would appear that Stage Accompany, the Dutch factory responsible for the fantastic SA 8520 to SA 8535 planar tweeters (and other great gear) is undergoing bankrupcy proceedings (that's what announcements of public auction sales suggested). If that was true, it would be really sad unless they intend to re-establish themselves under a different name.

SA's website is silent about that. Does someone know more, perhaps some SA dealers or Dutch friends out there?

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Old 23rd September 2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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SA is as dead as a doornail this time.
....and you just missed a very nice auction if i may say so.
=> http://www.fdrauctions.com/auction/a...&cid=2&scid=15

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Old 23rd September 2009, 02:12 PM   #3
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Sad, sad...
Yes, this is the auction (or one of those) I had seen but my Dutch skills and the distance were an obstacle. In fact, I have been interested for a couple of years in a pair of 5ohms SA8526 (for its supposed better efficiency than the 13ohms neodym version SA8535). I already have the 8535 but real sensitivity without horn is rather around 95dB or so, I think, and I need more.
If you have (or somebody else) a tip on a source for these speakers now... Perhaps some gear will reappear massively on Dutch websites such as Marktplaats etc.

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Old 28th September 2009, 10:08 PM   #4
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Yeah a shame, it is/was a great tweeter, albeit with some minor flaws...

Otoh probably the cleanest tweeter I have ever heard - of course GIGO means that unless you put really clean in, and you heard them you'd not know just how clean they are/were.

The polar response thing was not so great (it is intended for pro arrays) and there were some minor cavity resonances - and you had to absolutely keep ferrous metal quite some distance away from the front or you would be buying new diaphragms...

I was a "dealer" for them at one time...

Too bad they were not sensitive to "outside input"...

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Old 9th October 2009, 03:37 PM   #5
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There is another Dutch company called Alcons, founded by former SA people. AFAIK they also make planar tweeters of some sort.

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Old 14th November 2009, 08:15 PM   #6
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There is another Dutch company called Alcons, founded by former SA people. AFAIK they also make planar tweeters of some sort.Regards Charles
I have found this types from alconsaudio here:
alcons audio - evolutionary audio solutions ®
1) "RBN 401"
http://www.diereferenz.de/files/imag...pro_ribbon.jpg
2) "RBN 601"
http://www.alconsaudio.com/site/imag...rbn601_260.jpg
3) "RBN 1801" and other magnetostatics
Alcons Audios' RBN1801 Pro Ribbon Technology
Magnetostatic

Which company is the successor from Stage Accompany (perhaps Alcon Audio)? the website is still present:
http://www.stageaccompany.com/en/sal...0RCD%20EUR.pdf
http://www.stageaccompany.com/en/products/ribboncd.php
Where I get service, maintenance and parts for the SA8535 like this one?
http://mail.nientje.nl/rene/forsale/...25-26-35-1.jpg
http://mail.nientje.nl/rene/forsale/...25-26-35-2.jpg
Which same quality and character alternatives there are from Alcons and where I can order it (I don't find price lists)?
There are different outfits from the SA8535. Where I get the same outfit of SA8535 from Alcone like this:
http://usht.ru/upload/pages/stage%20...%20monitor.jpg
thank you very much for your advices.

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Old 15th November 2009, 08:04 PM   #7
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Sad news -- I also would like to have a repair kit for the SA8526 just in case...

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Old 18th November 2009, 09:03 PM   #9
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Hello Andreas,

Talking about the SA 8526, can you give an estimate of the sensitivity according to your experience (not from the figures published)? I have the SA8535 and although it is the ultimate version (neodym magnet etc.) I think it has less sensitivity than the 8526 partly because of its 13ohm impedance. I use the SA8535 without horn and I need more.

As regards spares, you may try your chance with René who is running the SA Vintage website; he's gathering a lot of spares and secondhand now and perhaps he might help. Tiefbassuebertrag also refers to some of René's on-line postings.

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Old 18th November 2009, 09:30 PM   #10
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Hi Chris

I was not aware of the SA vintage website -- I have previously been in contact with Rene van de laan -- guess I should have bought spares then.
I have not currently a guestimate of the sensitivity -- however I will try to measure it relative to a pair of jbl 2118 when the speakers gets finished in a month or 2.

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