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Tannoy Saturn s10 Dual concentric problem

Hi
an accident happened while I pull up the driver. the magnet (has a sticky material at the bottom of it) so it`s drag up the diaphragm while pulling up the driver from the box.
I assembled everything back, but, the Dual concentric not working as expected.
do i need to get a new one? is there any way to fix it?

best regards
Vick

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Tannoy dc speakers are built to very high tolerances. they are very easy to damage if taken apart so i suggest you contact a specialist tannoy service shop.
i know a shop in london who sells a lot of
vintage tannoy speakers and he says very few repair shops are capable of fixing these dc drivers. good luck

Posted on Apr 23, 2008

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