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Old 8th July 2005, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default A cheap ribbon you guys may be interested in

The Australian electronics company Jaycar has these and it's in Australia dollars, said to be made in Japan by Foster very well regarded. go for it (hope you can read it this 102k limit is a pain)

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Old 8th July 2005, 10:05 AM   #2
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Good move. Thanks. I saw them too and it got me thinking. Is it a conventional ribbon or is it one of those funny "Isodymanic" membranes where the magnet is enbedded in the membrane I think? I recall that "FOSTER" marketed a couple in Aust' in the mid 1970's and they were not a metal ribbon in a magnetic field. I don't want to be pedantic and the earlier ones had a good reputation. The other people who used this principle were Warfedale and Peerless who both used then in headphones;got some of the latter myself.
Cross overs a tad high at 6,400 Hz. I'd like a good drive that goes from around 700c/s up to 7 or 8 k. Any ideas in Aust' George?
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Here are some better pics.

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And another one.

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Thanks george. Looks like the real deal. The others were Fostex not Foster and they were marketed as "regular phase tweeters " I think. I've got the data some where.
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Hmmmm. Wasn't Legacy Audio bought out by a very old (60) organ company????

I wonder?
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I think it might not be a "true" ribbon. The yellow color is a strong sign that there is a Kapton plastic membrane. True ribbons (almost?) always have aluminum ribbon elements. A true ribbon that small would also need a matching transformer. I don't see anything that seems to have space for a transformer. My bet is that it's a magnetic planar with a Kapton membrane and multiple aluminum foil conductors attached.
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Certainly a "leaf ribbon" tweeter.

Foil on plastic of some sort. The yellowish color indicates a Kapton like material.

Probably Chinese manufacture - although maybe not.

Look similar to a number of tweeters being made these days including some offerings from "Hi-Vi" (also out of China).

Much depends on price and suitability to a given application if they are to be considered a "bargain" or not.

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Bear, did you look at the add in the first post, they're made in Japan and price is $39aus that about $29US.
When I had Infinity Emmit ribbons the foil/diaphram assembly looks very much like the Infinity ones.

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