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Old 16th January 2017, 09:24 PM   #1
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Hello. I believe this is my first post here. This is where I troll when the answers get tough, too tough for other fine audio fan websites to answer.

I have searched the threads here and have not found the answer to this yet.

I purchased a pair of Tympani 1-D's this weekend with the intent to restore them. When I arrived, I was surprised that it was a gentlemen I had purchased from before (another Maggie set). He had discovered that one of the panels worked perfectly, and indeed I hooked that panel up and it sure does sound very nice. He told me the other had a woofer and tweeter panel completely out. No rattle in any of the 4 working panels! So just two panels to contend with, at least immediately.

I have not hooked up the other panel set yet, but will this week. While I am not able to physically get after them as of yet, I did have time to research as much as I could on the potential fixes. Everything seems in line with the exception of sourcing the proper gauge/material tweeter wire. I read that Magnepan was no longer selling it (not verified, and hoping this is urban legend). I therefore set out to source some via the internet. Wow, it is a hard find.

My humble question to some of you out there is: Where do you find AWG 36 AL wire IF Magnepan indeed does not carry/sell it anymore (verification on that point will save me a call).

Thank you in advance for your kindly response.
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Old 16th January 2017, 10:39 PM   #2
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You can call magnepan during business hours and talk directly to them. I did this a year or so ago and a box showed up a few days later at my door with all the necessary stuff to perform replacement of the bass, tweeter panels. Wire, glue etc.

Go to their website for contact info.

Very Nice people to deal with. Think it was like $60-70 bucks for the kit.

Oh......good luck to you. That is a big job....or better said pain in the butt. You'll need a good supply of paper towels and patience .

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Old 16th January 2017, 11:20 PM   #3
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i did a tymp 1d few years back. although i replaced all bass wires by foil. since they where completly gone, and i hated the wires glue crap.
there is a post on here somewhere. the tweeter still worked so i did not open them.


this is how they measured in room.

so foil is another option, for the bass. the tweeter will be hard to find the right foil.

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Old 17th January 2017, 12:06 AM   #4
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Then it was an urban myth and that is the best I could ask for, if it is indeed the aanel wire that has a break. In the back of my mind is the secret hope that it is a lead wire. Token from to many bending excercise. I'm due for that type of speaker repair. So all is well.

I will avoid the foil as I'm already geared up to handle wiring it.

Thanks for the fast response folks!
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Old 17th January 2017, 02:18 PM   #5
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Magnepan seems to have run out of the thin AWG 36 wire. You can get the AWG 25 for the basses. They still may sell you complete tweeters (about $500/pair). The earlier 8 Ohm tweeters of I-C or IIIA can use the aluminium foil used in the midrange drivers of the 20-series.
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Old 17th January 2017, 08:38 PM   #6
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It is difficult to obtain enamelled aluminium wire in small quantities. Suppliers ask for minimum orders of typically, 1 tonne; making it impractical for voice coil re-winders to stock it, especially in various gauges. You could try www.goodfellow.com/E/Aluminium-Wire.html for 0.127mm diam. wire in small lengths. The other problem will be in soldering the aluminium wire to the terminals. There are special solders and ultra sonic soldering equipment that are available for this tricky operation.
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Old 18th January 2017, 07:19 AM   #7
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Or use a flux bought on eBay for 4 dollar works for me, be sure to use an old solder iron since it eats your precious tip
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Old 18th January 2017, 12:31 PM   #8
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Or use as magnepan dose.. in there Mmg..bass wire....(wire clamp)..rat shak sale some for big an small wire...much better ....good luck
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Old 18th January 2017, 04:40 PM   #9
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Those clamp are for foil , the flux is for wires. Clamps can brfound as accessory for window alarm tape took me a long time to found what the @@@ they where original for
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