Soaking in that Altec rain. (Altec 604-8G Content, enclosures mostly)

John Frum

Secret Society Member
From a styling viewpoint, I think the Altec Capistrano is just about the sexiest speaker ever.

As I’ve opined before, I’m no fan of lowboy cabinets containing tweeters and would consider an L300-style sloped baffle the only possible compromise.

My 604-8G are idle, waiting on my piggy bank to fill up before they get the GPA spa treatment, but they’ll be in 4 cu. ft. sealed cabs atop my bass-reflex 6 cu. ft. lowboys loaded only with 15” Fostex FW405 woofers.
 
I had to google Altec Capistrano to see what they look like since I had never heard of the Capistrano before. I agree it does look very nice. Somebody at Altec back then had a good eye for aesthetics. However, I also agree with JF that the low boy cabinets are not very practical for a full-range speaker, especially for a stereo pair.
 

BillWojo

Junior Member
More than the Valencia cabinets I like my HeathKit AS101 cabinets, especially with the grill cloth that came on it. Same load as the Valencia B model.
I saw a pair that had been stripped of the original finish and stained. Looked fantastic. There is oak under the original finish.
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ICTWoody

Junior Member
Finally went down to OKC on Saturday AM to pickup a mess of drivers from Bill at Great Plains Audio, as well as dropping off the recently acquired pair of 604-8G’s.

oh man they are all so pretty now. Every time I get a pair of drivers GPA’d I‘m in awe of their work.

need to figure out mounting the crossovers in my 614 cabs for the 601C’s but I should have them playing by next weekend. Stoked!

- Woody

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Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
Finally went down to OKC on Saturday AM to pickup a mess of drivers from Bill at Great Plains Audio, as well as dropping off the recently acquired pair of 604-8G’s.

oh man they are all so pretty now. Every time I get a pair of drivers GPA’d I‘m in awe of their work.

need to figure out mounting the crossovers in my 614 cabs for the 601C’s but I should have them playing by next weekend. Stoked!

- Woody

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So what all did they do at GPA? Was there re-coning involved, or just recharging the AlNiCo and replacing the compression driver diaphragms?
 

ICTWoody

Junior Member
So what all did they do at GPA? Was there re-coning involved, or just recharging the AlNiCo and replacing the compression driver diaphragms?

On the 604's they were reconed, remagged, and new diaphragms in the CD's... yes. He also put the new large clip-style binding posts on them like he uses on all his new speakers. They are a lot more robust and I had a broken post. From the front they look brand new.

On the 601's they were reconed, remagged, and one bad tweeter was swapped for one I was gifted by HFH member @whatelse who had a pair of 601's converted to 414's cause one tweeter was bad. They have non-replaceable diaphragms. Used an old Altec mic 'phram.

I also had a pair of Model 14 woofers refoamed.

When I picked these up I dropped off the other pair of 604-G's... they should be ready in a few weeks.

- Woody
 
On the 604's they were reconed, remagged, and new diaphragms in the CD's... yes. He also put the new large clip-style binding posts on them like he uses on all his new speakers. They are a lot more robust and I had a broken post. From the front they look brand new.

On the 601's they were reconed, remagged, and one bad tweeter was swapped for one I was gifted by HFH member @whatelse who had a pair of 601's converted to 414's cause one tweeter was bad. They have non-replaceable diaphragms. Used an old Altec mic 'phram.

I also had a pair of Model 14 woofers refoamed.

When I picked these up I dropped off the other pair of 604-G's... they should be ready in a few weeks.

- Woody

Sounds like you had the full works done!
 

Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
On the 604's they were reconed, remagged, and new diaphragms in the CD's... yes. He also put the new large clip-style binding posts on them like he uses on all his new speakers. They are a lot more robust and I had a broken post. From the front they look brand new.

On the 601's they were reconed, remagged, and one bad tweeter was swapped for one I was gifted by HFH member @whatelse who had a pair of 601's converted to 414's cause one tweeter was bad. They have non-replaceable diaphragms. Used an old Altec mic 'phram.

I also had a pair of Model 14 woofers refoamed.

When I picked these up I dropped off the other pair of 604-G's... they should be ready in a few weeks.

- Woody
Can you take a shot of the new binding posts? I was thinking of sending an orphan 808-8B to GPA for a new diaphragm, remagging, and a replacement rear cover (since this one was lost at some point between the time it was originally sold and when I got my hands on it).

Thank you.
 
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