After a lengthy waiting game with user agg2305, he didn't reply or pay. These speakers have never left my hands, nothing has changed. I mean this in the strongest terms possible.......If you have NO intention to pay, GO AWAY! Sellers such as myself depend on the extra income from eBay to survive (!) - now, on with the auctin. Please be considerate.
VG+ shape or better. WYSWYG - What You See Is What You Get. FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW so please read....I have also given you MANY hi-res photos below of these speakers. Please scroll down and enjoy! Whatever they finish at, they will sell for. Bid or bookmark now.
You NEED to be bidding on these if a pair of clean, UNIQUE AR3's is what you seek. These speakers need little introduction. If you are here, then you know the legend of the AR3 - the single best selling high-end loudspeaker ever sold in the US. This is one of the few brands/models that lives up to the hype. They sound great.
This is a one owner pair, purchased recently from an estate in my area. The cabinets are the seldom seen Mahogany color with gloss finish. They rarely turn up for sale. Perhaps not as rare today as Natural Pine but darn scarce I'm told. They have many scratches and nicks from years of use but are presentable nonetheless.
This time I decided to remove the grilles (Yes, the frames are broken now. They are glued from the factory, no way around it. New replacement frames can be bought cheaply on ebay). All the drivers tested good with a battery. The woofers are the standard/early AR3 types with the cloth surrounds and nice damping ring on the cone. Beautiful shape, they are the nicest I've seen.
A clear closeup of the woofer condition. Really, you won't find nicer. I have bought and sold dozens of AR speakers living near Boston. The drivers seldom look this good.
And the other speaker now. Mids and tweeters look superb (Again, all made sound when I checked them with a battery). I can't get the speakers to play because the pots are wasted. They make the familiar "crunchy" sound when turning them. New owner will need to install new pots at the least.
While you are in there you may want to tune up the crossovers with new caps if they need it. These probably have the old/early oil filled caps. All this is par for the course with AR3's. It a fun and rewarding journey once you hear them play.
Closeup photos of the tops....lots of small blemishes. Entire cabinet retains its original gloss. I wiped them down with Pledge. Grilles (cloth) is sort of wavy in spots and pulling away from the edges. As mentioned previously, new replacement grille frames are available here on eBay - better than the originals.
And the other. Very reddish brown - true mahogany color.
A look at the backs. Note the also original paper tags - great shape. Closeups below.
AR3 tag...warranty card below. The other must have been mailed in. (It was removed).
These are usually sure to be removed by now. Nice to still see them attached.
Ill give you a view of each side. Here is the left side above (both grilles facing left)
And the right side.
The pots are junk. Every pair Ive picked up over the years except for maybe one or two needed new potentiometers. These are crunchy. Maybe they can be rebuilt but pots are so cheap just replace them as normal service. Parts Express sells them for less than $10 dollars.
Expect a few corner nicks. No way around it on these old AR speakers. They are so heavy its a wonder they made it this far with the modest wear that they show. This will be your best deal (most affordable shot) at buying a set of vintage AR3 speakers....right out of the Boston area, shipped to your door.
C'mon you know you want it! Condition is VG or better. Scratches and nicks which testifies to its age and vintage. Please know that Vintage means that the item is several years old and has been used. Do not bid on a vintage item and expect it to be 100% perfect or look brand new. Please examine photos and ask any questions.
SHIPPING IS EXPENSIVE DUE TO WEIGHT. Each speaker will weigh nearly 60 pounds boxed....we use polyethelene plank foam to cushion these speakers. It is very expensive. It is the ONLY way to get a 50 pound speaker to you safe and sound. We wont be making a penny on shipping, just covering our actual cost (and not our time).....dont spend top dollar on a pair of AR's to have them ruined by an amateur shipping job....... UPS ground only OR LOCAL PICKUP..... Examine my feedback. Shipping & HANDLING (well boxed fully insured) will be $158.00 anywhere in the continental USA.....I will refund whatever is left if you live in a nearby state and it costs less...overseas on this item IS NOT ACCEPTED...PLEASE DONT EVEN ASK.
AUCTION ENDS 10:00 PM EAST COAST TIME ON MONDAY EVENING.
Also, I know 95% of you dont need to hear this, so for the 5% that do - if you dont intend to pay, do NOT bid! NO BIDS ACCEPTED FROM USERS WITH LESS THAN 5 POSITIVE FEEDBACK WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION...overseas bidders will need at least TEN (10) postive feeback and a paypal account to bid.
NO reserve so NO EXCUSES.....bid!
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