Sunday, July 10, 2011

Just Arrived. Mission 717s in rough shape.

UPDATED: I've replaced the (dead) Advent tweeters with original Seas dome tweeters. These speakers give the 770s a good run for their money, and are better than 737s. I'm impressed and enjoying them very much. I'm listening to Ray Brown and Duke Ellington right now with the Sansui AU-770...just piano and upright bass, and they sound like piano and upright bass. I hope to refinish the cabinets tomorrow. They won't look new, but they should be respectable.
Update 2: They are fabulous.
I haven't had a pair of these before. The last owner replaced the Seas tweeters with Advent 'fried eggs'. The tweeter holes were expanded roughly and squared to accomodate. I'm not even interested in hearing how they currently sound (and one of the fried eggs has a broken connection), but I have a pair of original Seas tweeters. I'm going to cast the removed front baffle sections in epoxy, and turn these back into their potentially fantastic original state.

5 comments:

Bank of Dave said...

Lloyd: looks like this could be a true testament to your craftmenship.

Matt said...

Couldn't have picked a better pair of speakers to restore! I had a pair of these passed down to me and have replaced the tweeters, sanded and re-stained the wood and they're a cracking pair! Unfortunately left friends in charge at a house party though and they proceeded to ruin one of the woofers but a bit of tape on the wires where they meet the cone and pretty much good as new.

Karol Cyb said...

Hi my name is Karol i'm from Poland .I'm waiting for delivery with these speakers i paid for it 50E .Can you tell me what the woofer is in 717 ? I know only tweeter is Audax made in france . Woofers in my what i know looks like yours .Thanks

Karol Cyb said...

My 717 are made in United Kingdom .

keith bickerdike said...

Yes they are good speakers ... the bass is awesome .....