The Vintage Project continues…Altec Lansing A8 – Voice of the Theatre –
In my mind, a 4 hour drive in any direction was acceptable. If something I wanted came up within that radius, I would be willing to travel to acquire it. When these Altec A8’s showed up on Ebay, I couldn’t resist. San Diego, California is more like 5+ hours away, but who’s counting? Well, I started to at about the 600 mile mark…
My prize are a pair of Altec Lansing A8 ‘Voice of the Theatre’ loudspeakers. So far, I’ve not been able to date them, though it appears they are from the late 70’s or very early 80’s. The cabinets are clean inside, though the seller did paint the exterior. I’d prefer the original paint, even in rough condition, but no worry. We’re more interested in their sound.
The high frequency drivers are shot, and I plan to replace them. Great Plains Audio out of Oklahoma still manufacture a limited number of drivers for the Altecs. Perfect. The low frequency drivers (416-16C) are in excellent condition. The condition of the crossovers remains unknown. I’ll test once I’ve got them reassembled. Might paint them too…looking for battleship gray, or something near it.
I have been searching online for insight regarding the 32b (c?) horn. I’ve found a few bits that are encouraging. Many have noted that they like the horn, but it doesn’t enjoy the popularity of the bigger 511’s and 811’s. Look forward to listening.
As I get further into the restoration, I’ll continue to post my thoughts. This pair are an excellent start to my hunting vintage big horns.
Be back soon – thanks for listening.