ADS L-1290's for $300... opinions?

Discussion in 'Dollars and Sense' started by zunde, Feb 14, 2018 at 7:40 AM.

  1. sixthday

    sixthday Super Member

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    It is I should apologize. I didnt pay attention to the picture. But I did some research for the price of L1290 after I bought it. The sold price on EBay ranging from $200 to $800 for last year or so. But the most common price is around $350. That's why I had that comments since you have to factor in the extra cost to make it perfect.

     
  2. manu et deo

    manu et deo I'm loving it! Subscriber

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    Since I paid double and they are my favorite speakers I would say for sure;)
     
  3. soundmotor

    soundmotor super modified Subscriber

    Remove ferrofluid with blotter paper (the OG way) then clean out the gap with double-sided masking tape wrapped over a business card.

    Repeat until nothing is showing up on the card. Then use ferro refill kits to top it back up. For the 2" coil you can use (2) 100 microliter refills per mid
     
  4. zunde

    zunde Active Member

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    Thanks soundmotor- p.s. the seller says in the ad these were manufactured in 1983- would that give any info whether they are verison 1 or 2?
     
  5. BigElCat

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    I bought the $800 ones off of Ebay.

    Snap those up at $300.

    They sound better without the grill, because all grills block the sound waves to some degree.
     
  6. zunde

    zunde Active Member

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    The ones from California?
    I had my eye on an auction for a pair in Chicago that just ended for $430, that looked in very good condition with the grilles, but it was local pickup only. That would have been one heck of a drive.
     
  7. sancho22

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    The reason I think they sound better without grills is because I had two pairs of 1290, a pair of 1090, 910, 980,1530, 570, 780, etc.
    in MY opinion, with my gear, in my house (and seems like in someone else's too) they all sounded better with the grills off
     
  8. zunde

    zunde Active Member

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    OK, didn't know if this had been stated in like professional review somewhere.
    I do have a pair of 810's right now, with the grilles off- but that's mainly because one grille is cracked on one side and won't stay on...
     
  9. zunde

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    Update- I drove over today to buy these 1290s. The seller let me listen to them for a couple minutes, and I was thinking "Man these sound good, even better than I remember." Then he pulled them away from the wall to disconnect the speaker cables... and I could barely contain my excitement.... :yikes:

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    OMG OMG OMG :banana:
     
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  10. cnolanh

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    JEALOUS. My L1290s have cavities right where those amps could go...

    Seriously, I’ve got no complaints about what I hear, but yay for you finding the complete package!
     
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  11. zunde

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    Thank u- I cannot wait to sit and have a real serious listen to these--I NEVER thought I'd come across a set of PA-1's. I almost let it slip to the seller how valuable that made these speakers, but I managed to keep my mouth shut until I got them in the car.. The 1290's alone in my area are rare enough but to find a pair with the PA-1's is completely unheard of. Every once in a VERY blue moon, the sun shines on this dog's a$$... :D
     
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  12. zunde

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    A few more pics... that pushed-in midrange doesn't look nearly as bad as it did in the seller's pic he sent to me-- I might just leave it alone.

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  13. sancho22

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    weel the not-so-good deal becomes one of the best I have seen in a while - congrats and enjoy!
     
  14. zunde

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    Well, maybe not the best deal after all-
    I haven't hooked them up yet, but I took out the amps to make sure the biamp switch on the speaker terminal plate was set correctly-- and discovered there's no speaker terminal plate at all. Someone removed them and connected the PA1 wiring straight to the internal speaker wiring:

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    :( What a butcher hack job. What possible reason could there have been for doing this??
     
  15. sancho22

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    Oh man sorry
    Hope despite that at least they play well and you like them as much as I did.
    They are surprisingly superb with tubes and jazz
     

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