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Wharfedale super 12 fsal foam surrounds have crumbled out - can they be replaced. I purchased these in my system in 1959 (yes that's right, last century)and I haven't used these speakers for more than 15 years.

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Carl,

On the face of it, this suggestion probably seems rubbish, however, drop Wilmslow Audio a line. Although they're in the UK (I'm assuming you're in Australia, unless it's the Melbourne in South Derbyshire!), they carry a massive stock of spares and parts for a wide range of manufacturers. See what they say. They'll give you a price as well if they have it. Might not be cheap, but at least they'll know if they're still made.

The other option is to scour Ebay and/or Gumtree (if you have the latter in Oz). Craigslist is another, but I think new old stock would be the way to go if you can get them, else you're potentially at risk of being back where you started with an older set after a short while.

Hope that helps.

Posted on Mar 07, 2014

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SOURCE: The 6.5 foam ring

This is a very common problem and I don't know why companies still use foam.

The ring is called the "surround" and the problem is known as "surround rot".

There are 3 fixes.

Replace the entire driver. (most expensive)

Recone the driver (tear out the old cone + surround + spider and glue in a new one using the old basket).

Refoam the surround. (replace just the foam surround).

I know of one location in my hometown (Ottawa Ontario, that does re-foaming and people that do this are few and far between).

If you can find someone to refoam it go that route, failing that do a recone. A recone will last just as long as a new driver.

Hope this helps!

Cheers,

Posted on Jan 24, 2010

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When you put the new foam, maybe the cone went off center. Get a new kit, and re-do the job with more care. Check to make sure that the spider is okay, and that the speaker coil is not warped or anything like that.

There are speaker companies the professionaly rebuild speakers. They are better equiped and have the jiggs and facilities to properly rebuild the speaker from the coil up.

If you really want your speakers, you should consider giving the complete set out for rebuilding and testing.

Jerry G.

Posted on Apr 28, 2008

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