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    Default H.H. SCOTT S-71


    I have a pair of Vintage H.H. SCOTT S-71's and would like to do some restoration. Does anybody have a pair? If so, has anyone worked on the crossovers? They are quite delicate and some of the components have failed, so has one of the tweeters. I want to try to keep everything as original as possible. These speakers are a 3 way design, 12" woofer, 4" Mid, and 2 1" Tweeters. These were probably built back in the early 70's ?

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    Default Yes. I have a pair.


    They were made in the late sixties/early seventies. Very outdated design, and more aesthetic as a collectors item, if they have any nostalgic value. Otherwise, they will not perform up to date with something modern and current. They were good speakers, back in the day, as far as consumer grade stuff goes.

    Do what I did. Salvage the beautiful cabinets, which are well built. Throw away the grill frame and cloth. Build a new, nicer appearing pair with grille cloth and wood. Go over the finish with polyurethane, and replace the drivers and crossover network.

    Mine had a crappy old beige cloth grill frame, cheap, small, iron core inductors, non working L-pad, rotten, old woofers, and tweeters that sounded like they were left out in the rain. But the cabinets I have are pretty and well made.

    15 years ago or more, I replaced the woofers with, I believe a pair of newer Pioneer woofers, and a pair of new (at the time) RatShack, (Realistic) "wide dispersion" tweeters, alot like the ones they put in the Mach speakers they used to sell in the late seventies.- You know, the hemispherical plastic, big one with the up and down cutout across the center....

    Anyway, more recently, I installed Audax drivers, Solen metalized, mylar capacitors, oh... and heavy, 14 guage, low resistance, air-core, Jantzen inductors.

    Why don't you pick a pair of woofers that fit the box volume for optimum Q, design a crossover, and rebuild them with all new components, like I did. Finding ones like the originals in good shape will be tough, and for less money and effort searching for the originals, you could build something better. You can probably get all new crossover parts, drivers and everything you need fairly cheap and wind up with a really nice sounding pair of speakers when you're done.

    Regards,
    Eric

    > I have a pair of Vintage H.H. SCOTT S-71's
    > and would like to do some restoration. Does
    > anybody have a pair? If so, has anyone
    > worked on the crossovers? They are quite
    > delicate and some of the components have
    > failed, so has one of the tweeters. I want
    > to try to keep everything as original as
    > possible. These speakers are a 3 way design,
    > 12" woofer, 4" Mid, and 2 1"
    > Tweeters. These were probably built back in
    > the early 70's ?


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    Default Re: Yes. I have a pair.


    > Thank you for the great info, I had a another pair, a smaller version with the 8" woofer etc. and have customized those. I am actually designing many more speakers off these scott S-71 designs, for appearance, structural design, and a hybrid of speaker driver layout. Personally when they were working, I would rather have those speakers as is in its own listening room for its unique sound. IF THERE IS ANYONE WITH THE H.H. SCOTT S-71'S THAT HAVE NOT TAMPERED WITH THEM IN ANY WAY AND ARE WILLING TO SELL/GET RID OF THEM I WILL BE HAPPY TO PAY TO SHIP THEM TO ME!!! "Todays Standards" of appearance in the audio market of "LET'S MAKE EVERYTHING AS COMPACT AS POSSIBLE, EFFICIENT, OH AND PORTABLE" Is fine by mobile audio product, but when you start feeding that concept into larger music systems, such as component systems for stereo or theater setups people take APPEARANCE over PERFORMANCE which is quite silly. A pair of well designed speakers such as the scott S-71's with better crossovers (and drivers can be debated) will OUTPERFORM ANY compact consumer product who says to be *Audiophile*. It's quite a joke actually, that's why there are Audiophiles who know the difference and tinker their own systems into existence! Once again thank you, any comments appreciated.

    They were made in the late sixties/early
    > seventies. Very outdated design, and more
    > aesthetic as a collectors item, if they have
    > any nostalgic value. Otherwise, they will
    > not perform up to date with something modern
    > and current. They were good speakers, back
    > in the day, as far as consumer grade stuff
    > goes.

    > Do what I did. Salvage the beautiful
    > cabinets, which are well built. Throw away
    > the grill frame and cloth. Build a new,
    > nicer appearing pair with grille cloth and
    > wood. Go over the finish with polyurethane,
    > and replace the drivers and crossover
    > network.

    > Mine had a crappy old beige cloth grill
    > frame, cheap, small, iron core inductors,
    > non working L-pad, rotten, old woofers, and
    > tweeters that sounded like they were left
    > out in the rain. But the cabinets I have are
    > pretty and well made.

    > 15 years ago or more, I replaced the woofers
    > with, I believe a pair of newer Pioneer
    > woofers, and a pair of new (at the time)
    > RatShack, (Realistic) "wide
    > dispersion" tweeters, alot like the
    > ones they put in the Mach speakers they used
    > to sell in the late seventies.- You know,
    > the hemispherical plastic, big one with the
    > up and down cutout across the center....

    > Anyway, more recently, I installed Audax
    > drivers, Solen metalized, mylar capacitors,
    > oh... and heavy, 14 guage, low resistance,
    > air-core, Jantzen inductors.

    > Why don't you pick a pair of woofers that
    > fit the box volume for optimum Q, design a
    > crossover, and rebuild them with all new
    > components, like I did. Finding ones like
    > the originals in good shape will be tough,
    > and for less money and effort searching for
    > the originals, you could build something
    > better. You can probably get all new
    > crossover parts, drivers and everything you
    > need fairly cheap and wind up with a really
    > nice sounding pair of speakers when you're
    > done.

    > Regards,
    > Eric


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