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 Post subject: Need Some Help! Western Electric Speaker!
PostPosted: Apr Fri 24, 2009 6:20 am 
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Hi everybody, just getting back from a local estate auction tonight and I picked up this Western Electric Speaker. I see a few similar on eBay but it looks like they had cones on them? Cord is marked Western Electric with a date of 1914, speaker itself is marked Western Electric as well. Here is the link to the photos

http://community.webshots.com/album/571367827FqqdxE

Sorry I had to do it like this, but I cannot log onto the gallery and add my own pictures.

What are your thoughts on the speaker? I think it is from the 1920's, Is it complete as is? Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks, Brandon


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PostPosted: Apr Tue 28, 2009 2:00 am 
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You have the driver for the WE speaker, which was sold in the mid-late 1920's. There is supposed to be a heavy paper cone, fastened to the rim of the piece you have. There is also another matching paper cone that fastens to the rear cone, open end to open end. There issupposed to be a driver rod, coming from the speaker mechanism you have to the vertex of the front cone.

I've seen good reproduction cones for these, sold in meets, particularly the AWA meet in the fall. It's one of the nicer accessory magnetic speakers of its time, and once tou get it together and working, you'll have something very nice to have.

My family had one with their Steinite 990 set from about 1927.


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PostPosted: May Thu 21, 2009 11:47 pm 
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That looks like a WE-540 double cone speaker with the paper cones missing. If you'd like a replica for the cones and have the speaker serviced, one place is http://www.west-techservices.com/.


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PostPosted: May Fri 22, 2009 1:32 am 
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The best guy in my opinion, I have one of these he did, is
http://www.angelfire.com/pa/conespeaker/


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PostPosted: May Fri 22, 2009 2:00 am 
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No doubt Buford and Jane Chidester are the best. I have their book also.


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