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Early Wharfdales... any good?

Discussion in 'classic' started by paulfromcamden, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I wondered if anyone knows anything about these or can point me in the direction of a bit more info.

    I'm thinking W3s W4s - that kind of thing.
     
  2. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Wharfdale SFB if you want to be really adventurous
     
  3. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Hmm. No one know any more?

    There seem to be a fair number still out there. Are they junk??
     
  4. Wiicrackpot

    Wiicrackpot pfm Member

    I have a pair of 1957 vintage W3's, not the most detail, bit woolly but easy dynamics, surprisingly good to listen to in a non fatiquing way ,
    tweeter and mid fires at an angle and 12'' bass, Alnico magnets on bass and mid's, not my main speakers but pull them out to play sometimes,
    occupies the same floor space as my Monitor Gold's, got mines free but worth a play if you come across them for peanuts.
     
  5. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    That's very helpful - thanks.

    They sound fun but might be a bit big for (another) spare pair!
     
  6. ian r

    ian r 401's Nakman

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    Wolly or not I would like to hear these Grenadier behemoths from Empire These too are Alnico and 16inch bass units

    Dear Gilbert and Tannoy certainly didnt spend much money on wood but the Alnico they got thru is impressive

    However does anyone know if the woolyness is mostly cab or cone - the days before laser interferometry
     
  7. Wiicrackpot

    Wiicrackpot pfm Member

    Well being single helps in that score, :),
    yeah fun is the word though i think part of that woollyness is down to me plonking them on suspended carpetted floor,
    wee set of stands to raise them could help, the bass and mid looks to be the same as the SFB's.
     
  8. smithy

    smithy pfm Member

    After 50 years either they have probably either had the surrounds replaced or need it done pronto.My Wharefdale SFB3 had very delicate open foam like surrounds which fell to bits when touched,not easy to replicate.So it is hard to know how they would have sounded originally,Troels Gravesens site has useful info.
     
  9. Wiicrackpot

    Wiicrackpot pfm Member

    Agree, been thinking about it lately and like to upgrade the crossovers components as well, don't have skills on electronics hence the trepidation on the work.
     

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