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 Post subject: Atwater Kent Model E Speaker
PostPosted: Jun Tue 22, 2021 9:21 pm 
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Recently received a Model E speaker in remarkably good shape. The challenging part was removing the outside ring cover after removing the 4 side screws without leaving evidence of an entry. PB Blaster to the rescue.

The most challenging aspect was removing the nut/bolt attaching the driver reed to the speaker cone. Patience here is a virtue.

Anyway, success without damage to the cone, reed or speaker housing.

Now for recommendations as to the best way to clean the speaker cone of the dust and dirt. Soft bristle brush, vacuum, micro towel, avoid anything wet etc.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.


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 Post subject: Re: Atwater Kent Model E Speaker
PostPosted: Jun Wed 23, 2021 3:32 am 
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I use a 1" chip brush for most dusting tasks on radio components, including speaker cones.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-in-Flat-C ... /100626121

I keep one in my toolbox because I use it for dusting chassis so often.

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 Post subject: Re: Atwater Kent Model E Speaker
PostPosted: Jun Thu 24, 2021 6:57 pm 
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Can not tell from your photo but does this have the felt edge or is it a free stand cone??
Both were made.
Oh cleaning depends on what would have to be removed: as already suggested a soft brush usually works well.


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 Post subject: Re: Atwater Kent Model E Speaker
PostPosted: Jun Sat 26, 2021 4:24 am 
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I agree removing the front ring can be a challenge. This is the reason I only remove if repainting. I typically use a soft bristled paint brush to clean through the front.

FWIW AK made some of the best 20s speakers!

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 Post subject: Re: Atwater Kent Model E Speaker
PostPosted: Jun Sat 26, 2021 1:53 pm 
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My suggestion: A can of compressed air and a fine bristle paint brush. Don't use a moist rag, it will leave a discolor cone after the cone dries.

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 Post subject: Re: Atwater Kent Model E Speaker
PostPosted: Jun Sun 27, 2021 7:36 pm 
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If you decide to replace the grill cloth on the back holes, I discovered that large Home Depot tie wraps will work great for securing the cloth along with some contact cement. The red rings are the original ones I was able to re-use.


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 Post subject: Re: Atwater Kent Model E Speaker
PostPosted: Jun Wed 30, 2021 9:18 pm 
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A sincere Thank You for all the replies and suggestions. They are all very much appreciated.


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