and the AR-6’s finished, with new grilles, new cloth and relocated badges…

and the AR-6’s finished, with new grilles, new cloth and relocated badges…

After aquiring my first set of classic AR’s (the tiny little 7’s), I kinda fell in love with the laidback sound and very good bass for such small cabs. A second pair of 7’s arrived, shortly followed by a pair of AR-6’s.

Bought them for £45, surrounds shot, one tweeter needed the wiring resoldered to the contacts, rust on the tweeters and cabinets looking rougher then a badgers arse.

Refoamed them, they sounded great but I never liked them. The little darker wood profile sticking out of the cab annoyed me. This is the Euro version that is slightly different then the US version.
So they went into the loft as soon as we moved to the new house.

Two weeks ago I got them out, for shits and giggles. As soon as both went on their stands, they fell over, damaging the little dark profile I disliked. Thankfully they missed other equipment which was idle lookingn on at the carnage. I still suspect my pair of AR-7’s to have a hand in the tumble, out of jealousy.

Fucking opportunity knocks!

Ripped the profile off, removed the units and started the work:
- Both cabs sanded down to remove all scratches from the veneer, quite a job
- Woodfiller on all corners that were damaged, including the front edge where the little trim was ripped off
- Created new instructions and a fake serial number on one unit
- Both instructions glued down properly
- Checked by switches on the back controlling the tweeter output
- Painted the units black
- Caps and wiring all fine and dandy now
- Painted the fronts with blackboard black
- Drilled in grill pegs for the new grills be hold onto as opposed to shitty velcro
- Oiled with one single coat of teak oil, to avoid shine and yet give some colour

Hey presto, the AR-6 in the 21st century, looking somewhat schizophrenically between vintage and modern.

I like it….and the sound great.
Right now powered with a Harman/Kardon 630 receiver, Toshiba SA-504 quad receiver or Toshiba SA-304 quad receiver

karwendel mountains, germany/austria border, october 2006

karwendel mountains, germany/austria border, october 2006

happy christmas everyone…!
now where is my present?

happy christmas everyone…!

now where is my present?

magic ones, hampshire, uk

magic ones, hampshire, uk

st pancras international station, london, uk, december 2013, taken from the great northern hotel, a brand new 5 star boutique hotel on top of king’s cross station

st pancras international station, london, uk, december 2013, taken from the great northern hotel, a brand new 5 star boutique hotel on top of king’s cross station

skies…

skies…

fleet pond nature reserve, hampshire, uk

fleet pond nature reserve, hampshire, uk

still 20m out of the same front door, autumn is here, fleet pond nature reserve, hampshire, uk

still 20m out of the same front door, autumn is here, fleet pond nature reserve, hampshire, uk

20m out of my front door on my morning run, first frost of the year, fleet pond nature reserve, hampshire, uk

20m out of my front door on my morning run, first frost of the year, fleet pond nature reserve, hampshire, uk

above st moritz, engadin, switzerland, september 2009

above st moritz, engadin, switzerland, september 2009

ar-6’s

ar-6’s

fly by night

fly by night

i got bored in a shop whilst my missus was looking for god knows whatan hour later, it was still there….

i got bored in a shop whilst my missus was looking for god knows what
an hour later, it was still there….

my new AR-6’s, 39 yrs old, refoamed, cleaned, sanded and oiled with boiled linseed oil, great sound, classic looks