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Joseph Riels

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Clair Brothers C 4 Long throw speaker system
« on: April 25, 2020, 04:22:19 pm »

I know Clair has a long history and the S 4 speaker will go down in history as one of the best in the industry. I'm very curious about another model of Clair speaker called the C 4. I have searched the interwebs without much luck.

Does anyone here have information concerning the Clair C 4 and willing to share?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2020, 04:49:38 pm »

I know Clair has a long history and the S 4 speaker will go down in history as one of the best in the industry. I'm very curious about another model of Clair speaker called the C 4. I have searched the interwebs without much luck.

Does anyone here have information concerning the Clair C 4 and willing to share?

Thanks!

Please go to your profile and change the "Name" field to your real first and last name as required by the posting rules displayed in the header at the top of the section, and in the Site Rules and Suggestions in the Forum Announcements section, and on the registration page when you registered.

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2020, 08:22:18 pm »

Please go to your profile and change the "Name" field to your real first and last name as required by the posting rules displayed in the header at the top of the section, and in the Site Rules and Suggestions in the Forum Announcements section, and on the registration page when you registered.

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So sorry. Not the first time I didn't read the rules....
Thanks for being patient with the FNG.
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Re: Clair Brothers C 4 Long throw speaker system
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2020, 11:21:07 pm »

I'm having a hard time placing a Clair C4.  d&b from Germany had a C4 top box in their now-discontinued C series.
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Re: Clair Brothers C 4 Long throw speaker system
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2020, 05:22:34 am »

I'm having a hard time placing a Clair C4.  d&b from Germany had a C4 top box in their now-discontinued C series.

same here ... S4 & R4 Clair , C4 D&B
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Re: Clair Brothers C 4 Long throw speaker system
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2020, 06:54:34 am »

I'm having a hard time placing a Clair C4.  d&b from Germany had a C4 top box in their now-discontinued C series.


Hill sound had a M4. I heard them out with AC/DC back in 1985 or so.
https://youtu.be/M5PqvxtHC1s?t=311

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Re: Clair Brothers C 4 Long throw speaker system
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2020, 11:09:37 am »


Hill sound had a M4. I heard them out with AC/DC back in 1985 or so.
https://youtu.be/M5PqvxtHC1s?t=311

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Great video.
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Re: Clair Brothers C 4 Long throw speaker system
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2020, 11:38:22 am »

I'm having a hard time placing a Clair C4.  d&b from Germany had a C4 top box in their now-discontinued C series.

I reached out to Clair directly. Got my fingers crossed that they will respond.

As I understand the C4 was like a bigger version of the S4. I have only one picture and it is labeled as a Clair Brothers C4. If I can figure out how to post it I will give it a try.
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Re: Clair Brothers C 4 Long throw speaker system
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2020, 12:11:38 pm »


Hill sound had a M4. I heard them out with AC/DC back in 1985 or so.
https://youtu.be/M5PqvxtHC1s?t=311

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Great Video.  Heard my friend Mike Scarfe's name mentioned in there.  Good stuff!
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Re: Clair Brothers C 4 Long throw speaker system
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2020, 02:19:11 pm »

I reached out to Clair directly. Got my fingers crossed that they will respond.

As I understand the C4 was like a bigger version of the S4. I have only one picture and it is labeled as a Clair Brothers C4. If I can figure out how to post it I will give it a try.
Joseph,

The S4 was all front loaded, originally 440 pounds, "lightened up" in the mid 1980s by replacing the back panel with a foam core composite, dropping the weight to around 400 pounds. Dimensions were 45x 45 x 22.5 inches, standard truck pack integers.

As I recall, the C4 was developed sometime in the late 1980's. I got to see it visiting the Steve Miller tour rehearsals at the Met Sports arena in Bloomington, Minnesota. Steve Wiese, then Steve Miller's sound engineer (and recording engineer for Born 2B Blue) had chose to use it over the S4, as it had better pattern control.

The C4 had horn loaded low mid cone drivers, requiring the cabinet to be deeper, taller and far heavier than the S4. My recollection of the dimensions would be around 67.5 x 45 x 30, weight in the 600 pound range. The large size and weight made it unpopular for most applications, there probably was only one arena system made, and it didn't go out much.

The C4 introduction was not long before the shift to line arrays started, so had a relatively short history.

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