I have just purchased a set of original Amazings for what I thought at the time a nice price -- $400 via Craiglist from the second owner (almost the first owner as the current owner's sister was the first owner and she owned a shop that sold Carver). I have not taken delivery yet being that the speakers are 140 miles away and I didn't have a suitable vehicle with me to transport them.
Now, after reading the dearth of info on this site, I am wondering if I've done the right thing. I just read the transport requirements of keeping them upright to protect the viability of the ribbon...how realistic is this? I don't have a cargo van or an enclosed trailer...what I have is a large SUV or a crew cab pickup with a hard side bedcover...both of which would have me laying them either on their sides or flat. Flat-packing them would be a much easier option but I don't want to wreck the ribbons...
I suppose I should also be curious as to how the original owners transported them during the two moves that the speakers had over their 20 or so years of service?
A 45 minute listening session deemed them to sound nice with no apparent issues that I could discern. Visual inspection showed no problems at all with the ribbons and the woofers' foams were all soft and pliable. The speakers themselves did have a few minor cosmetic issues...one had a few chips on the lower corners and the other had a some surface scratching over a 6"x6" area on the front panel.
I thought at the time that $400 for operable Amazings seemed like a no-brainer...but now, after seeing the cost of ribbon replacement, I'm not so sure.
What is the general consensus?