Vintage Monitor and SDA Speaker Deals

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  • la2vegas
    la2vegas Posts: 606
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    Navy_Goat wrote: »

    Nice, are they pin/blade or blade/blade?
    Can these be TL'd?
  • oldrocker
    oldrocker Posts: 2,590
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    Not vintage, not a bad price for 703's IMO.


    Pick up in MN.
    https://shopgoodwill.com/item/137716397
  • dromunds
    dromunds Posts: 10,000
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    That’s a really good price imho
  • Navy_Goat
    Navy_Goat Posts: 375
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    la2vegas wrote: »
    Navy_Goat wrote: »

    Nice, are they pin/blade or blade/blade?
    Can these be TL'd?

    I guess you would have to ask Bryan.
    SDA SRS 2.3tl, SDA 1C, SDA 2B (TL mod), Reserve 200
  • vader540is
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    Thinking about picking up these RTA12 the guy selling them has no idea what was done to the XO.

    He wants $150

    Should I get them?


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  • VSAT88
    VSAT88 Posts: 1,235
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    Hell if they will clean up good why not ?
  • vader540is
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    VSAT88 wrote: »
    Hell if they will clean up good why not ?

    Ok sounds good, I just didn't wanna pick up a project that was botched up.
  • VSAT88
    VSAT88 Posts: 1,235
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    Check the drivers....
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,242
    edited January 2022
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    Well.....it might help to have some more info/pictures. Remember this is the early one that has the lobing and combing issues. Check out @Jazzhead discussion on his mods that he has done, including replacing the XO with one from RTA12B iirc.

    PS: Or is it the early one? Seems to me the early one didn't have the beveled tweeter surround but just had the tweeter hanging out by itself vertically. Are you sure this is the RTA12 and not the RTA12B or C?
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • VSAT88
    VSAT88 Posts: 1,235
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    Refer to @Gardenstater 's advice before anything I would say. He has more knowledge about these speakers than I.
  • vader540is
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    Well.....it might help to have some more info/pictures. Remember this is the early one that has the lobing and combing issues. Check out @Jazzhead discussion on his mods that he has done, including replacing the XO with one from RTA12B iirc.

    PS: Or is it the early one? Seems to me the early one didn't have the beveled tweeter surround but just had the tweeter hanging out by itself vertically. Are you sure this is the RTA12 and not the RTA12B or C?

    I asked for more photos. Seller sent these.

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  • vader540is
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    Seller doesn't know how to take good pictures lol
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,242
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    Yeah for crappin out loud, I can't tell if it is a Peerless or an RDO!
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 24,783
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    Regardless there are newer caps it looks to me
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,242
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    I think, because of the fuse, these are probably RTA12B and that is probably a Peerless tweeter. Those Axon caps are metallized polypropylene on the low end cost wise and are made by the same maker of Solens. If all the drivers are good, $150 seems like a terrific price.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • vader540is
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    I think, because of the fuse, these are probably RTA12B and that is probably a Peerless tweeter. Those Axon caps are metallized polypropylene on the low end cost wise and are made by the same maker of Solens. If all the drivers are good, $150 seems like a terrific price.

    Awesome, right on, I'll check them out this weekend.

    Thanks again everyone.
  • VSAT88
    VSAT88 Posts: 1,235
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    I am almost certain that tweeter is an RD-0
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,242
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    Yeah you're right. I brightened the picture and you can see the circular polk audio indented graphic. The early RTA12C came with the SL1000 and it did have a fuse, so maybe the owner replaced the SL1000 with an RDO-194-1.

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    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • vader540is
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    Yeah you're right. I brightened the picture and you can see the circular polk audio indented graphic. The early RTA12C came with the SL1000 and it did have a fuse, so maybe the owner replaced the SL1000 with an RDO-194-1.

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    How can I tell? Any markings I should look for?

    Sorry I am a noob.
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,242
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    It helps to squint, for me at least 🤣 The RD0-194-1 has that circular polk audio and you can see it in the photo. The speaker itself should probably say RTA12C on the XO/binding post cup. If the owner replaced an SL1000 they would've had a cutout that was too small. They probably didn't enlarge the cutout and probably just screwed it on anyway. You can kind of see how the top of the tweeter plate is right up at the top of the tweeter baffle near the bevel.
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • Gardenstater
    Gardenstater Posts: 4,242
    edited January 2022
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    You can see the SL1000 and the fuse on the RTA12C XO picture on p. 2 in the sales brochure https://polksda.com/pdfs/1985Sales.pdf
    George / NJ

    Polk 7B main speakers, std. mods+ (1979, orig owner)
    Martin Logan Dynamo sub w/6ft 14awg Power Cord
    Onkyo A-8017 integrated
    Logitech Squeezebox Touch Streamer w/EDO applet
    iFi nano iDSD DAC
    iPurifier3
    iDefender w/ iPower PS
    Custom Steve Wilson 1m UPOCC Interconnect
    iFi Mercury 0.5m OFHC continuous cast copper USB cable
    Custom Ribbon Speaker Cables, 5ft long, 4N Copper, 14awg, ultra low inductance
    Custom Vibration Isolation Speaker Stands and Sub Platform
  • VSAT88
    VSAT88 Posts: 1,235
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    I like peerless just as good if not better than the RD0-194-1 myself as far as sound gos but if it's a SL- 1000 (peerless copy ?) From what I understand they do not sound so hot.
  • xschop
    xschop Posts: 4,795
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    Those are RDO's
    Don't take experimental gene therapies from known eugenicists.
  • JayMX
    JayMX Posts: 441
    edited January 2022
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    Good price in North Carolina for 2.3’s. Based on the description, think they might belong to somebody here. 🤷🏻‍♂️
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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/audiofleamarket/permalink/4741975475839250/?ref=facebook_story_share
    Current Collection: Monitor 4a (Peerless), Monitor 5B (Peerless), Modified Monitor 7b (Peerless), RTA15TL (SL3000), SDA CRS+ (194’s), SDA SRS 2.3TL, R100's, R200’s, R300 🤩
    Pairs that have passed through: Monitor 4b (Peerless), Monitor 5a (Peerless), Monitor 5b (SL1000), Monitor 5b (SL2000) (4x pair), Monitor 7b (Peerless), Modified Monitor 7c’s (194’s), Monitor 10a (Peerless), Monitor 10b (5x pair), RTA8, RTA8TL, RTA 11T, RTA12c (194's), SDA CRS, SDA 2 (2x pair), SDA 2a, SDA 2b, SDA 1b, SDA 1c, SDA SRS 2 (2x pair), SDA SRS 3.1TL (198’s) (2x pair)...and more to come, it’s a sickness.
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 11,059
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    I ALMOST went to look at these when they were for sale up the road a bit, but Steve ( a great guy) DID go and buy them.

    He found me somehow and he came over to listen to my SDA-SRS2's to hear how the SDA was supposed to sound like. We talked for quite a while about audio and Polk speakers.

    I just emailed him to touch base again. I really don't have the space right now or I'd be running to get these.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • kickngas
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    Yep, Tony is correct, they are mine. I just need to sell these, and some more audio gear, to make room for some open baffle kits I am building. Time to try something new. I also need to list the parts for a dreadnought I never built for the Polks. I ended up buying an amp that was compatible. Thanks to all on here for the tips and advice on these Polks!
  • VSAT88
    VSAT88 Posts: 1,235
    edited January 2022
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    @kickngas am game to buy that dreadnought..
  • TroyD
    TroyD Posts: 13,077
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    A lot of interesting speakers available within striking distance of Charleston....

    These Monitor 10a's have been here for awhile:
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/905522043663912/?ref=search&referral_code=marketplace_search&referral_story_type=post&tracking=browse_serp:b9434ee2-e45c-4d18-8eed-c91e78e4fe59

    There is a nice looking pair of Infinity RS 2.5's right around the corner........

    Altec Stonehenge for 400 about 30 mins away

    Klipsch La Scalas in Myrtle Beach for 1500 (cosmetically challenged)

    Altec 14's in Savannah....
    I plan for the future. - F1Nut
  • kickngas
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    VSAT88 wrote: »
    @kickngas am game to buy that dreadnought..

    Sent you a message.