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Old 5th July 2011, 07:09 AM   #1
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Default What are Decca Kelly London Ribbon Tweeters Worth

I have a pair of Decca Kelly London Ribbon Tweeters. These are in as new condition. I bought them about 45 years ago from a shop in Australia. They were demo units. I never got around to using them and now my hearing is so bad that I wouldn't be able to hear them anyway..

Does anyone have any idea how much they are worth. There are 2 tweeters and one genuine Decca crossover unit as well as 2 spare ribbon formers (with damaged foils)
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Old 5th July 2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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I had saw I website that showed how repair the foils on those things.
If you need I will try to find the link.

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Old 5th July 2011, 05:55 PM   #3
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Default Decca Kelly London Ribbon Tweeters

I have seen them go for as little as $300 and as high as $800 depending on condition and if there are competitive bidders at the same time. Some advice, don't be afraid of international shipping, freight forwarders are your friends, if a collector really wants these they won't mind paying for the shipping fees.

The Asian and UK markets are the most likely buyers. The best place to list them would be on Audiogon, then the second choice being ebay.
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Here is some info and how to make new ribbons:

Ribbon Tweeter Horn Loudspeaker: Decca London/Stanley Kelly - Efficiency, Size, Filter and Frequency Response.

And here is a guy who makes new Decca ribbons (and his own ribbon tweets):

Howard Dawson Audio - price list
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I got $1200 for the last pair of good ones i'd had (with no XOs and no extra ribbons). This was before the cheap Chinese ribbon invasion or the RAALs. More recently a friend got a set of the older/smaller Decca Kelly for $600. We figured it was a good deal.

I'd suggests that given all the bits you have that at least $800 is warranted.

Not only do these have collector appeal, they are a fantastic tweeter, and the horn load allows an XO as low as 1000 Hz (your XO is probably 1.5k). These would be fantastic for some kind of high end econowave project

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Old 6th July 2011, 12:08 AM   #6
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Default Decca Kelly Ribbons

Thanks for all the replies. THey have been most helpfull.

I found the article on repairing the foils.

Pity my hearing has deteriated in the highs and I'll never know how good these speakers really are.

I didn't realise how much interest there is in vintage hi fi equipment.

I might be tempted to now sell my Thorens TD125 turntable with SME arm and Shure v15 Cartridge.

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Even if you can't hear that high you can still enjoy the clarity that such drivers offer!


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Old 6th July 2011, 05:08 AM   #8
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These are in as new condition. I bought them about 45 years ago from a shop in Australia. They were demo units. I never got around to using them
mint and almost unused, probably some of the most rare and sought after collecters item

as for the sound, you might find better
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Old 9th August 2011, 12:54 PM   #9
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I'm in the UK and have a pair of the original Kelly 30 ribbons complete. I also have a pair of just the ribbon speakers, no horn. I'd also be interested in guidance on prices since I could easily be persuaded to sell - I'm not currently using them.

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