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Jeez, these look better than the pair I bought new.
Pair of VMPS Large Subwoofers Earth Shaking (215) Subs (626 Speakers Sold?) - (Columbia, MD) $440https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-of-VMPS-Large-Subwoofers-Earth-Shaking-Subs/323601353638?hash=item4b5824cba6:g:~MEAAOSwAVlcDrf1 "These are two huge brutes! They rock down to a low 10hz, much below human hearing but you can feel that thump!! Each one has one 12" poly woofer with rubber surround and a 15" mass loaded radiator. They are coated with a borosilicate coat to dampen internal reverb. Dimensions: 18" x 20" x 28"Bid with confidence. I am an Honest Ebayer and not a professional seller. I sell items that I do not need anymore at a dirt cheap price. Check my positive feedbacks! Optional Shipping: If you want to hire a shipper, and be responsible for cost, packaging/crating, insurance, etc. I can have them ready for pickup from Columbia, MD. The speakers would NOT be prepped for shipping. You or the shipper would have to do the prep work to protect/ship themNOTE: I am selling the VMPS ribbon speakers separately. Please check my other items!"
I love the look and scale of this design. It just looks right. It's a shame Brian didn't do a Neo panel version! That would have been sweet.
Hello Stimpy, I was wondering if you know where I could find the mid driver in a WCF. Like the ones your referencing.I have both types of 12" WCF single and double stack magnets but seemed to have misplaced the mids. I need to do an upgrade for the new amps, the old 12" drivers, just aren't up to the task, when I volume UP too much.I don't want to tear them up either. Still sound really good with valve amps.I'm pretty sure it took a different PR too. Would you know of any?2 mids (gotta check ohm)2 PRsI'm not sure if they are 4 or 8 ohm, I'll check. I remember both models, WCF and the originals were a GOOD driver, NEVER had a problem with either. Just the 12" WCF were difficult to drive with 40 wpc valve amps. It's the only weak point of the old boxes "The Mids", Sure is a great comco though.I haven't tore into the TIIse yet. Want to do it all at once, XO repair/rebuild, the ribbon tweet was blown, driver swap, add a little bracing, and a second application of sound coat. The wiring/toggle and pots are all old. I'm sure they all need a good cleaning etc. I've been on a "replace the old wire", tangent here lately, breaking in my new Weller. I have to look at the Quasi wiring you spoke of, also. I suppose the current mids could stay, just have to run a little hotter than I like.Thanks OldHvyMec
REPOST - $450https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/ele/d/columbia-huge-vmps-subwoofers-12-driver/6794470363.html
VMPS Super Tower III Special Ribbon Edition - (Roswell, GA) $5500https://www.ebay.com/itm/VMPS-Super-Tower-III-Special-Ribbon-Edition/123537818283?hash=item1cc36d82ab:g:1oMAAOSwEVtcDtmi&redirect=mobile"This is an improved (with the help of the late Brian Cheney) version of the $19,900 VMPS Super Tower III SRE (Special Ribbon Edition) speakers. The problem of limited vertical dispersion of the ribbon tweeters in the original version was addressed, per Mr. Cheney's suggestion, by adding a second tweeter. Later top of the line VMPS models addressed this problem by making the ribbon tweeter aimable. These speakers require three stereo amps and a three way electronic crossover. The amps are not included but a preconfigured Behringer DCX2496 crossover/DSP unit is, as well as a passive blocking unit using Auricap blocking caps to protect and properly load the ribbon tweeters. If you bring your amplifiers I can use my PC based measurement system and measuring microphone to dial in the DCX2496 for your equipment. I have been in the high end audio business for over forty years and these truly unique speakers compare favorably to speakers costing ten to twenty times more. I know that is an outlandish statement, but serious buyers are welcome to audition and decide for themselves. Local pickup only with your crew. Each speaker weighs approximately 325 pounds."
The only one I know, that might have any mid woofers, would be Pat Malaga. Pat bought out the VMPS warehouse, after Brian passed. He advertises on Craigslist. He usually has various drivers and cabinets for sale. Pat is in CA, around San Francisco.Woofershttps://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/ele/d/vmps-new-subwoofers/6783246316.htmlCabinetshttps://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/ele/d/pinole-brand-new-vmps-speaker-cabinets/6795123927.htmlIf Pat doesn't have anything, you could try Misco. They made Brian's WCF woofers. Misco wouldn't have the exact drivers, but they probably would have something close.Miscohttp://www.miscospeakers.com/speakers?utf8=✓&search=&button=One other possibility is Parts Express. Brian used them for certain woofers. Usually, Goldwood Heavy Duty woofers, in his subs. But, Goldwood makes different sizes, in 4 and 8 Ohm. As a last resort, I'd measure the impedance of your woofer, and match it to a Goldwood.Goldwoodhttps://www.parts-express.com/brand/goldwood/294?N=4294966138+4294967118+4294965003&Nrs=collection%28%29%2Frecord%5Bendeca%3Amatches%28.%2C"P_PortalID"%2C"1"%29+and+endeca%3Amatches%28.%2C"P_Searchable"%2C"1"%29%5D&PortalID=1&brandSelected=t&showMoreIds=10025Good luck!
You know Stimpy, I looked, the only thing close was at Parts Express. They did have one called "Epique" a 5 1/4 WCF with all the the goodies. 299.00 and discontinued. WOW. I'm gonna try a 2 1/8 SD mid from Dayton.It has something I could never find in a dome, 8 ohm. I've always liked the way a single mid dome style speakers worked. I just have to try it and see. The cut off via spec sheet is good from 300hz with only a -2 db. I think the TIIses are 350htz, VERY high cut off for the midbass. If it works, like other dome speaker systems, I've heard. It should be a nice upgrade, and not just a sound change. It should add greater middispersion (convex) and GREATER clarity, (less moving mass), via soft dome. The bass, well it's the Boom Boom Brian special, ay.The TIIse in the Livermore add, have a driver combo, that I've never heard either, phase plugs but non WCF, 12s and WCF mid, interesting.I bet they are VERY fast and LESS distortion than my older NON phase plug design (first series of drivers pre WCF era)I have both 12" drivers, The mid/bass coupler, and sub/bass in WCF. I'm looking for a high excursion passive radiators, but, with as light a moving mass (including spider asy) as I can find. So far they are all TOO HD. I can see why Brian had to have stuff made. UHHHH!! Makes it hard to FINE tune with "putty pinching". We'll see.
It's not easy trying to keep vintage speakers up and running. Especially when the speakers were fairly rare, even new. I'll keep looking too, to see if I can find any other possibilities?Now, maybe this will help with the passive radiators. Creative Sound Solutions is making their 10 and 12" passives again. They were being used as upgrades for VMPS. Give 'em a look. https://www.css-audio.com/online-store/CSS-APR12-12-Passive-Radiator-p110031732
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