Steve E. wrote:BINGO! External sounds great, it turns out. yayyy, I successfully recapped after all!Perisphere wrote:My hunch is, the speaker is faulty.Are you talking about your Dad's Webcor machine? If so, it this basically my best option for fixing this speaker? What to do?Perisphere wrote: Dad's machine had such a buzzy quality when I was young, and through the 1970s it got eventually where there was no real sound from it. By 1980 it did not produce sound at all despite the voice coil showing continuity. No big deal as I had cables that permitted me connecting it to other equipment.
Yes, I did that 'transplant' to Dad's recorder. It wasn't practical to buy another 5 1/4" speaker to fit to the machine, because Dad's machine uses a field coil speaker as part of the B+ circuit, not a PM speaker.
I think the 180 I have in storage has a PM speaker. Whether your 288 has the PM speaker or the field-coil speaker, it's not too expensive having it reconed. (Voice coils are not sold separately from replacement cone assemblies.)
One recone facility I know and recommend is Freeman-Tuell Speaker Service, 7911, Ferguson Road, Dallas, Texas 75228. Phone: 214 324 1132. Low prices, excellent service, fast turnaround.