Picked up a pair of SRS 3.1 TL's

I've been looking for a pair of big boys for a while and finally bagged them this past Tuesday. Had to drive over 200 miles to get them and thankfully the were able to fit inside my car. Got them for $500 but they looked in very good shapenough. Brought them home and tossed them into my heated garage.

Last night I started with one and tore it down to begin the mod process. All the drivers look in good shape but there were a lot of snags on the fabric. I like working with wood so the idea of doing a total refacing of the cabinets was a no-brainer. Removed the side wood trim and cloth covered side panels, not to anyone who want to try this, they're glued on and you need to be careful not to gouge out too much of the base cabinet in the process of removing all the glue.

In the process I was feeling erregularities in the surface of the bottom plate, upon closer inspection of the board there was swelling, most definitely some water damage. Since I've started I might as well do this right so my nest step will require removal of the bottom plate, very carefully so I don't damage the sides of the main cabinet. This gives me the great opportunity to do some really cool cabinet mods! Bubinga has always been a favorite of mine, although Birdseye Maple is absolutely spectacular! I'll have to strip the veneer off the top plate as well. I'll post pictures of my process so anyone who likes to watch me make a fool of myself bitting off more than I can chew can laugh as I go through this project.

Of course that is just the cabinets, I'll be falling helplessly down the wormhole of internal mods as well, including a complete Xover rebuild, a total rewiring to all drivers, and of course tweeter replacement. This of course isn't something that is going to happen quickly so please be patient. I do have a full time job and enough honey do's to employ a battalion. But I promise this is going to be awesome when it's done!

Comments

  • kjack48230kjack48230 Posts: 15
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    Before pictures!
  • michaeljhsda2michaeljhsda2 Posts: 1,739
    Nice acquisition! Looking forward to the results.
  • la2vegasla2vegas Posts: 1,587
    Congratulations on your purchase. It seems like you have a solid grasp of the upgrades that you have ahead of you. There are several threads which deal with freshening up of the 3.1's. There is also a wealth of knowledgeable members here that can offer you a helping hand in the event that things turn murky.

    Looking forward to seeing your progress. Remember that pictures help to tell the story.

    Finally, just a tidbit. Not too many people refer to 3.1's as the big boys, that is most often reserved for the 1.2's.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 37,325
    I'm unclear if you plan on replacing the side panels with all wood. If so, I'll mention that I have yet to see that ever come out looking right. Just something to consider.
  • honestaquarianhonestaquarian Posts: 1,857
    I have the same ones that I'm upgrading as well (*although I doubt what I am doing will compare to redoing the cabinets.As all I'm doing is reglueing*)
    Have a look at my upgrade thread and feel free to post there if you like.

    http://forum.polkaudio.com/discussion/176194/sda-upgrade-thread-2/p1
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,004
    Congrats on your 3.1's, they are an exceptional speaker! Be careful when removing the top or bottom caps, they are actually a part of the cabinet, unlike the larger, older SDA's.

    They can be a b*tch to remove and will take some time to fabricate replacements.
  • kjack48230kjack48230 Posts: 15
    Congrats on your 3.1's, they are an exceptional speaker! Be careful when removing the top or bottom caps, they are actually a part of the cabinet, unlike the larger, older SDA's.

    They can be a b*tch to remove and will take some time to fabricate replacements.

    Yes, I know it will be a chore. I'm planning on just replacing the bottom since it was the only piece that had the water damage.
  • kjack48230kjack48230 Posts: 15
    F1nut wrote: »
    I'm unclear if you plan on replacing the side panels with all wood. If so, I'll mention that I have yet to see that ever come out looking right. Just something to consider.

    After reading your post it got me thinking. The esthetic's need to follow the original design so where the black cloth panels were I'll replace with a very dark wood and the top, bottom and back pieces will be light wood. I think that should work!
  • lawdogglawdogg Posts: 221
    edited March 17
    Congrats, sounds like fun! Looking forward to following your progress. I'm sure any nice wood you use will look better than the original oak ... blah!
  • 1976doc1976doc Posts: 251
    edited March 17
    I personally love oak.. i think the cherry looks cheap
  • kjack48230kjack48230 Posts: 15
    The cabinet with all the components removed and the side panels stripped off.

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    The last two show the water damage and why I'll need to replace it.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 37,325
    1976doc wrote: »
    I personally love oak.. i think the cherry looks cheap

    I'm the other way round.
  • 1976doc1976doc Posts: 251
    kjack48230 wrote: »
    The cabinet with all the components removed and the side panels stripped off.

    sfudbpkjnkoc.jpg
    3ac3y2oqf2y9.jpg
    r5rbd9leeeaf.jpg
    2iv34rk3ktyk.jpg

    The last two show the water damage and why I'll need to replace it.

    Hmmm.. mine are solid oak pieces, not veneers.. could they be not original?
    (Ok ok... they are laminated panels, but still not veneers.)
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 37,325
    Are you talking about the end caps or side strips?
  • kjack48230kjack48230 Posts: 15
    All of the pieces are either veneer or cloth covered, except for the two long pieces that run along the sides towards the back.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 37,325
    Right, so the strips are laminate.
  • kjack48230kjack48230 Posts: 15
    Actually the two straps are real wood (pine and stained).
  • kjack48230kjack48230 Posts: 15
    Quick question, has anyone ever used Moho Mat? Got a sheet of it for $10 at a car stereo place locally. They claim it's as good as Dynamat.
  • kjack48230kjack48230 Posts: 15
    Doing a quick comparison between the two, the only real difference is the thickness, Dynamat at 0.067 inches and Mojo mat at 0.078 inches.
  • K_MK_M Posts: 787
    edited April 2
    Good luck!

    Hey, those look familiar!
  • rednedtugentrednedtugent Posts: 9,878
    "finally bagged them this past Tuesday."

    I bagged to bears in once.
    I bagged them to leave but the stayed around all day!
  • SlapahoSlapaho Posts: 63
    Bird's eye maple always looks incredible. Even better with fiddleback cross waving and about six inches looking of clear over it.
  • lawdogglawdogg Posts: 221
    Oh wow <3
  • ptrooperptrooper Posts: 187
    Nice job,I am impressed!
  • vmaxervmaxer Posts: 3,691
    Looking good!!
  • Toolfan66Toolfan66 Posts: 13,018
    WOW!! Those look great!!!
  • Mike ReeterMike Reeter Posts: 3,004
    Beautiful! Do I see Outriggers on these Beauties?
  • warrenwarren Posts: 457
    Your the man!!!
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