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Anybody knows this vintage (JBL) speaker ?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by meigo1234, Nov 4, 2020.

  1. meigo1234

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    dear community,
    thanks for this great forum. already read a lot here, never wrote sthg though.

    well
    maybe any of you have a slight idea what speaker this could be?

    it's a 15" speaker, 8 ohm. the chassis reminds me of the JBL vintage speakers, but surely not the magnet... maybe it's a 80s follow up of the D130s, etc.

    or maybe a JBL clone. it sits in my just bought used LAB SERIES L9. sound is really nice, airy, direct and a tight low-end. not much boom or "wobbly deep end".

    thanks for anybody's help, thanks for your time!
    all the best
    michael
     

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    Aluminum dust cap seems small for a JBL. I suppose they just look small on a 15" though.
    If it sounds good use it. I don't think it's worth a heck of a lot, but I've been wrong before.
     
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    It should have numbers on it and that should be able to tell you. Are there numbers stamped around the outside ring of it? Sometimes on the paper also but usually on the frame and they should tell you what speaker it is I mean what maker
     
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    thanks for your replies.

    well, no marks to be found

    I guess it's literally a no-name speaker.
    what also struck me, is that the wire-joints, that can be seen next to the center in front, are pretty much apart, 5cm

    the chassis very much resembles JBL though.
     
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    The mag seems a tad small for the JBL ceramics
    imho
     
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    I'm not sure but maybe the Lab Series had their own speakers. My 1981 L5 had funky ones that looked original, they looked old.

    LAB Series L5 - Front.jpg

    LAB Series L5 - open back.jpg
     
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    I often read that the L9s were shipped with Electro Voice EVM 15 L ... but mine came with this speaker.

    the design and construction of the chassis ... I keep thinking about that. like JBL
    maybe some JBL clone ... and the port hole.
     
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    Japanese, 70s, possibly Foster.
     
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    thanks for the clue ...!

    will search the web
     
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    Oh man , I had one , but can't remember
     
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    Those are Eminence ceramics. Very common in 70s Ampegs, Sunn, Peavey, Music Man.
     
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    Here is my D130. It has a smooth cone and yours is ribbed.

    JBL Apollos 002.jpg
     
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    thanks. yeah ... it is no 130 for sure ... the magnet, etc.

    but never thought to look for the cone structure in images on google ... another clue.
     
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    hey there

    the riddle is solved!
    the pre-owner had a hint to RCF speakers. italian brand, very good reputation... and the L15P model, as here on reverb, seems to be exactly the same speaker.

    https://reverb.com/item/14005763-vintage-15-speakers-rcf-1970s

    well, the sound is great. italian! who would have thought that ... but the amp was sold in italy before, it seems ... so they might have changed it there.

    all the best
    and thanks for your input
     
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