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Carver AL-III Loudspeakers opportunity

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dfronk

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Post Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:58 pm

Carver AL-III Loudspeakers opportunity

I have an opportunity to get a pair of Carver AL-III Loudspeakers. They are asking for $800 bucks. Can someone let me know what is a resonable price for them? And also what to look out for when looking at them?
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Mr. M-500t

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Post Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:35 pm

Are they hooked up to power so you can audition them ?
Can you take your amp with you to try them out ?
Take a good selection of your favorite music with you and listen real close for scratchiness from the ribbons and with punchy bass notes listen for rattles from the woofer boxes at high volumes. Pull the foam off the front ribbons and check for any imperfections on the Kapton.
I paid $600.00 for mine.
The guy wanted $800.00 until I found that the foam was rotten and one ribbon had damage to it. They play just fine at moderate levels. I am in the process of rebuilding the bad ribbon with DaveS help so I can really crank them. I still have a few rattles to deal with too.
Check them out real close and use any imperfections you find to ding the price down.
If you get them down to $600.00 I can't see where you can wrong at that price.
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Post Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:45 pm

I paid $650 for mine. Ribbons, foam and woofers intact.
It should sound like it isn't there!
There is a difference between hearing and listening...
Making life enjoyable through expensive electronics.
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dfronk

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Post Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:04 pm

thanks for the input. I should be able to see and hear them before I buy. Is there anything that I should be watching out for when I transport them?
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Post Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:45 pm

-believe, mr tnrabbit had an excellente article he wrote 'bout transport of al3's in this speaker section

-best of luck, gett'in those spks[think you'll really enjoy]
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Post Sat Feb 02, 2008 1:08 am

maddmaxxx wrote:-believe, mr tnrabbit had an excellente article he wrote 'bout transport of al3's in this speaker section

-best of luck, gett'in those spks[think you'll really enjoy]


I can't seem to find the info that maddmaxxx was talking about. Can anyone point the way for me?

Thanks.
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Post Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:34 am

Speakers

I would love to hear What set of ALS's sound like. Is there anyone close to middle Ga that has a set?
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Mr. M-500t

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Post Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:19 am

BillD wrote:I paid $650 for mine. Ribbons, foam and woofers intact.


Well ! :-#
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Mr. M-500t

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Post Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:20 am

dfronk wrote:thanks for the input. I should be able to see and hear them before I buy. Is there anything that I should be watching out for when I transport them?


I used blankets and dropped sleeping bags over them.
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Post Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:23 pm

What will you be transporting them in?''

I used an open pickup, wrapped them in heavy foam around the edges, bubble wrap around the entire speakers top to bottom, them shrink wrap around that. Then I wrapped them loosely in uhaul blankets & strapped them down in the bed of the truck. I had a 650 mile trip through snowstorms so I didn't want them to be damaged after spending $850 on them in mint condition.
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Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
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Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

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Post Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:41 am

Paid $500 for mine in good condition. I just carry mine face down on a blanket in the back of my van.

Vtwin97, I've got both Plats and AL-III's if you want to come up for a listen sometime. I'm about 3 hrs from Atl. just outside of Columbia, S.C.
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Post Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:51 pm

I got mine in Tucson. Drove them back to Phoenix (100 miles to my place) face down in my SUV with the back seats down and lots of towels, blankets and pillows
It should sound like it isn't there!
There is a difference between hearing and listening...
Making life enjoyable through expensive electronics.
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Carver: C-4000 & C-1 preamps, PSC-60 preamp/tuner, TX-11a tuner, M-400 (2), C-500, M-500, M-500t, M-500t Mk.II, A-500x, AL-III loudspeakers (2 pr.)
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Post Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:22 pm

mine came in the back of my boys durango. face down, blankets ect..
paid $700 cdn(at the time my dollar was worth .70us) mint condition, no rattles, good foam.
since owning the little one managed to put a tear in the foam and one of the CARVER badges has since fallen off( i rescued it from the wifes vaccum).


look, listen, buy the damn speakers!
if in GC you'll never regret it.
(.02 cents worth!)
cheers
kris


(((almost forgot my usuall warning to the prospective owner)))
prepare to invest HEAVILY in power. it takes alot to make the ALIIIs wake up. mine currently are fed with an m500t on the ribbon section and an a500x down low. placement is also crucial.
any ALS are like having kids: feed them right and put them in their proper place(lol!) and watch(listen) to them shine!
cheers!
.....a VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER.

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Post Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:23 am

audioassassin77 wrote:mine came in the back of my boys durango. face down, blankets ect..
paid $700 cdn(at the time my dollar was worth .70us) mint condition, no rattles, good foam.
since owning the little one managed to put a tear in the foam and one of the CARVER badges has since fallen off( i rescued it from the wifes vaccum).


look, listen, buy the damn speakers!
if in GC you'll never regret it.
(.02 cents worth!)
cheers
kris


(((almost forgot my usuall warning to the prospective owner)))
prepare to invest HEAVILY in power. it takes alot to make the ALIIIs wake up. mine currently are fed with an m500t on the ribbon section and an a500x down low. placement is also crucial.
any ALS are like having kids: feed them right and put them in their proper place(lol!) and watch(listen) to them shine!
cheers!


Very true. I wasn't happy until I had 800 wpc/4 ohms, but I blow a fuse now & then... O:)
TNRabbit
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.

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