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Mike Karseboom

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Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« on: April 15, 2018, 02:16:15 pm »

I have an 18Sound 18w1000 subwoofer driver that needs re-coning and a second that is probably on the way out. 


Shipping will probably be expensive as these weigh close to 30 lb each, so hoping to find someone close to Weed, CA.   I am pretty sure I don't want to try re-coning myself.


Any recommendations for a service provider?
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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2018, 03:06:55 pm »

I have an 18Sound 18w1000 subwoofer driver that needs re-coning and a second that is probably on the way out. 


Shipping will probably be expensive as these weigh close to 30 lb each, so hoping to find someone close to Weed, CA.   I am pretty sure I don't want to try re-coning myself.


Any recommendations for a service provider?

Try calling Speakerworks in Eugene, OR.  I haven't used them but a buddy gave them a thumbs up.  Not sure if he bought parts from them or had them recone...

Neals Speaker Repair in Colfax, CA does mostly vintage work but might be able to help or suggest another shop.

When I lived in the Bay Area I took my EV reconing to Bill Graham's FM Productions.... but that, as they say, dates me...
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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 06:18:49 pm »

I'm not sure if A Brown Soun is still aroun.
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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 12:42:00 am »

I'm not sure if A Brown Soun is still aroun.
That was my thought.  Maybe call Bananas At Large and see if they know what happened to those folks.
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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 02:04:40 am »

OC Speaker split into GLS Audio and these guys. It's where I've taken my stuff for years, but it's away down south. They may be able to refer you to someone, though.

http://www.speakerrepairpros.com

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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 11:31:45 am »

I'm not sure if A Brown Soun is still aroun.

Nope, the owner died a few years ago & his son wasn't interested in taking over the business.

Source: worked there for about a year, during the time they developed the Tone Tubby hemp-fiber speakers, still have some prototypes in my bass rig and a couple of Apogee monitors. Had to leave because they couldn't pay enough to justify the commute between Sonoma and Marin county.

Edit: looks like the site is just an outlet for whoever is making the Tone Tubbys now: http://www.abrown.com
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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 01:26:24 pm »

Thanks for the suggestions.  So far   speakerrepairpros have presented themselves as the most professional and competent.  I have not had re-cones done before but it does seem that you want a really top notch job or your diver will not be "good as new".


Unfortunately the OEM re-cone kit and service will be about $275 + shipping for each driver.  This driver is a fairly high quality unit and has performed very well. But it is sort of at the crossroads cost wise where simply replacing it with the same current model will only cost a little more than re-coning.


These are my carpet covered "beater" subs (look like the Yamaha club 118V).  I bought them used specifically to just leave in place in a  venue that is now fading in popularity.  I got my ROI several times over but now I will probably just put these away until some special deal on drivers comes my way.
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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 02:20:36 pm »


Unfortunately the OEM re-cone kit and service will be about $275 + shipping for each driver.  This driver is a fairly high quality unit and has performed very well. But it is sort of at the crossroads cost wise where simply replacing it with the same current model will only cost a little more than re-coning.
Ouch, $275 for a 7mm Xmax driver recone + shipping on top.

Parts express sells the Dayton PA460-8 18" (6mm Xmax) for $99.85, free shipping over $100 (buy 15 cents of "expendables", save $20 in shipping..).
Not quite as good a driver as an 18Sound 18w100, but would fill the hole in a "beater" sub without much of a hole in your pocket.

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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2018, 07:14:21 pm »

OC Speaker split into GLS Audio and these guys. It's where I've taken my stuff for years, but it's away down south. They may be able to refer you to someone, though.

http://www.speakerrepairpros.com
Good to know.  I've had a few things done down there.  Even had the local folks send things to them instead of doing themselves.
Last time I contacted OCSR about something they just said they didn't do re-coning any more.  No mention of the other folks.  Wonder what happened.
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Re: Left Coast Re-Cone Recommendation
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2018, 08:43:51 pm »

Their lead repair guy is the new company, Speaker Repair Pros. He bought out OS Speaker's inventory of recone kits and moved to a new shop. The rest of the company decided it was more profitable to import Chinese cables as GLS. It's decent stuff for the money.

I found out one day when I showed up without calling to drop off a recone. Hadn't been there in a while because I'm normally pretty easy on my stuff, but I was using an EAW sub in anger and let the magic smoke out. . .

FWIW, RCF redone is about the same as the 18sound mentioned above. They use OEM redone kits and regauss the magnets if they got too hot. . .

Good to know.  I've had a few things done down there.  Even had the local folks send things to them instead of doing themselves.
Last time I contacted OCSR about something they just said they didn't do re-coning any more.  No mention of the other folks.  Wonder what happened.
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