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rma-mdi's picture
Last seen: 1 year 7 months ago
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What to do with Lowther Acousa speakers?

I have a pair of Lowther Acousta speakers from the 1960s. I bought them in the UK in the early 1970s and later brought them to the US when I moved here. I used them for a while, then moved houses and moved houses again and they ended up sitting in a closet for about 10 years.

In that time the drive unit (I'm guessing at they are probably PM6s) foam surrounds have pretty much totally disintegrated. The cones themselves looki> OK (no real way to tell I guess). So I'm now trying to decide what to do with them. I know you can get gets refoam kits, but I've never done that and it seems like it might be a tricky job? You'd have to get everything to exactly align or the coils would rub against the magnet wouldn't it? Just how difficult is "refoaming" and what are the chances of success?

Buying new PM6 drive units would seem to be a huge expense and I'm not sure the speakers are worth that cost. I suppose there may be other drive units which could be used, but I don't know how much quality would suffer. My 70 year old ears probably are no longer capable of hearing subtle differences, so it may not matter that much.

How do the Acoustas stand up against more modern speakers in the same price range (whatever that is!). Are they worth saving?

I suppose I could try to sell them and buy something new, but I haven't a clue how much they would be worth in their current condition and what I could buy for what I could get for them. I've been pretty much out of touch with the world of "Hi Fi" for several decades, so I a little out of my depth now. I'm trying to put a new system together and it just seems like a shame to let the Acoustas sit in a closet until they eventually get tossed out when I'm no longer here!

Any advice would be welcome.

Catch22's picture
Last seen: 1 month 1 week ago
Joined: Nov 21 2010 - 1:58pm
Audiogon, maybe?

You might just list them on Audiogon and see if there is any interest.

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