I saw this Fender Oxford 12L6-12 on eBay in Germany for a good price and thought I'd like to do a restoration project on it. It arrived in appropriate condition for it's age and price.. The previous owner had tried to keep it going by painting some kind of adhesive around the edge of the cone, where it tends to fail first. I guess it did the job for a time but as the material gets older it's bound to fail somewhere else, and fail it did... I already did some research on it and it's more likely a 76 than a 66 model. As most Amp Nerds know, the codes on the speaker leave some guesswork, so I did some Googling and came to the conclusion it's a '76, due to the basket design. The Manufacturerer's label had come off during shipping. Luckily I looked carefully in the packing and it was there. Stored it in a bag until it was ready to be put back. Time to get to work on the rust. This speaker has seen some action.. I guess I should mention that I am not doing this restore for collector's purposes, but rather to learn something new, and if successful, to put it into the amp I want to build later on. Therefore, all purists look the other way. This is not going to be pretty! (Yes it will!!!) Scotchbrite is my friend!! Basket cleaned and masked. I taped over the manufacturer's stamp to keep it visible after matt black spray painting, as well as the terminal assy and magnet.. At this point I'm only doing the outside basket. I know, why not do it all at once after removing the cone?? I was having FUN! Matt black finish, still wet. ..and dry. I know it looks good enough right here, but I wanted to protect the old stamps on the basket. You can see at the 10 o'clock position where the masked off stamp is visible. Label glued back on. I actually just brushed the old glue on the back with a bit of thinner and put it back in place. It's still wet in this photo but it dried out perfectly. Looks good! Then I added a clear coat over it to seal everything.. Here's where I went rogue.. However it will be sealed against the elements for years to come now. More to follow.