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  • How a busted washing machine led to fixing my "Silent Speakers"

    Thanks to the folks who answered my post on "Silent Speakers". Lots of good suggestions but . . .

    Here's the "Rest of the story"

    6-year-old washing machine started quitting in the middle of the wash cycle. Trouble shooting pointed to $250 circuit board. New machine was only $600 so LOML said to get a new one. Old one got posted on Craigslist for $40.

    Guy a few miles away called and wanted it since his was overdue for terminal breakdown. He showed up and we got to talking and found out we're both former Army, etc etc and one thing led to another and he said he was an electronics tech so I grabbed a Bash plate amp that didn't work and offered to trade him the washer for fixing the amp. He thought it would be fun to work on the amp so we made the deal.

    While we were talking I mentioned my silent speakers to him and he wanted to look at them. Found the crossovers to my "Tanzenites" very interesting and pointed out that the four wires were not a right and left pair but two positive/negative pair and I had tied them together so no way I would get any sound.

    He tracked the positive and negative sides of the unmarked wires down and I now have SOUND, GLORIUS SOUND!!

    Plus he found the problems with the Bash amp (bad switch, bad component) and he had the switch in his junk box, found a replacement component (thanks to PE!) and my "SubConga" is back in action.

    He called it a fair trade. I'm tickled.

    I got some Mesquite recently to make some new cabinets for them hoping for improved WAF but since I lost her to Cance/Covid last month that's not a problem.

    Not trolling for sympathy. We had 46 good years together and raised two fine sons. We'd fought Lymphoma and a bad hip replacement for three years, then Covid hit when her immune system was weak and fungal pneumonia set in and it was more than she could fight. She went peacefully on her own terms with me and the boys with her. I miss her but she couldn't fight it anymore.

    GET YOUR SHOTS. They may not prevent Covid but it will give you a better shot at fighting it.

  • #2
    Love it!


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    • #3
      Cool story, Hansel… 😎

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      • #4
        WOOT!

        Now, pics since this is the Gallery! Don't know why they flipped the position on the homepage.
        Wolf
        "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
        "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
        "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
        "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

        *InDIYana event website*

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        My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
        http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Wolf View Post
          WOOT!

          Now, pics since this is the Gallery! Don't know why they flipped the position on the homepage.
          Wolf
          Yeah, that was a sneaky trick.

          I suspect it has soemthing to do with the new "content creators wanted" sub.
          Don't listen to me - I have not sold any $150,000 speakers.

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          • #6
            So- you can see it too. I wasn't sure how public that subforum was. I think it's not the best idea. I know they have asked the masses here before for content as such about this or that. It just seems like something that should pay the person writing the article/content. It's no different than writing for AX.

            Wolf
            "Wolf, you shall now be known as "King of the Zip ties." -Pete00t
            "Wolf and speakers equivalent to Picasso and 'Blue'" -dantheman
            "He is a true ambassador for this forum and speaker DIY in general." -Ed Froste
            "We're all in this together, so keep your stick on the ice!" - Red Green aka Steve Smith

            *InDIYana event website*

            Photobucket pages:
            https://app.photobucket.com/u/wolf_teeth_speaker

            My blog/writeups/thoughts here at PE:
            http://techtalk.parts-express.com/blog.php?u=4102

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            • #7
              What a great outcome Mike!

              Yeah, sometimes it just takes another person to take a peek at something, and their new 'eyes' can find it straight away.
              Glad it worked out that well. Any post with the words 'Craigslist' in it has me worried from the start... no luck with that personally.

              TomZ
              Zarbo Audio Projects Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEZ...aFQSTl6NdOwgxQ * 320-641 Amp Review Youtube: https://youtu.be/ugjfcI5p6m0 *Veneering curves, seams, using heat-lock iron on method *Trimming veneer & tips *Curved Sides glue-up video
              *Part 2 *Gluing multiple curved laminations of HDF

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              • #8
                I've had great luck with CL.

                Except no one wants my amp camp amps.

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