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 Post subject: Altec 604 - 8g
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:45 am 
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Altec 604 - 8g (single speaker)

I have ONE perfect Altec 604 8g Speaker ! I would LOVE to find another one ! This was part of a pair that was in use at Sound 80 Studios in Mpls. MN. Many great records were recorded and mixed there, including Bob Dylan's
" Blood on the Tracks " . The speaker & crossover are enclosed in what I'm told is the 620 Cabinet. Weighs 138 Lbs.
It was mentioned that I may need to get 2 new cabinets, since it may be next to impossible to find another matching cabinet ? If for some reason I am unable to find the right parts, reasonably priced, I may need to sell it ? It would break my heart ! I have heard many GREAT reviews relating to these speakers. About 3 years ago I gave up on the higher power SS amps and moved to Vintage tube amps & preamps. If I am lucky enough to find another Altec speaker. My thoughts are to maybe biamp the system using a nice SS amp for the Low freq. and a tube amp for the horn tweeter ?
If anyone has any advice for me, I would appreciate it immensely !!! I just joined US Audio Mart. Not sure if I can leave my contact info here ? THANK YOU FOR READING ! Sincerely, jeffbeat
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 Post subject: Re: Altec 604 - 8g
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:43 am 
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Welcome! Jeff to USAM and the Forums.

I'd recommend that you post a WANTED ad for the Altec here in the USAM classifieds. That ad is free.

This ad will also be seen by anyone doing a search for Altec on Canuck Audio Mart.
And you should set up a Saved Search on ebay for the 604-8G. ebay is probably your best bet to source a single speaker.

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 Post subject: Re: Altec 604 - 8g
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:11 am 
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Great Plains Audio are the mavens for these. I am sure that they can supply you with another driver.

https://greatplainsaudio.com/

Most Altec co-ax speakers ended up in home made cabinets. It’s probably less expensive to just have a couple of cabinets made for you in the appropriate dimensions. And you would be guaranteed a matching pair. No shipping of 130 pound cabinets that are 50 years old either, with the cost and likelihood of damage.

When you are speaking with GPA you might ask them for some cabinet plans as well. Great folks. Good luck.

And now a personal opinion. IMHO stereo sucks. I would just put together a fantastic mono system with the one driver and enclosure that I had and forget the whole over rated stereo mishagash.


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 Post subject: Re: Altec 604 - 8g
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:23 am 
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I run a pair of 604e speakers in huge homemade cabinets that kicked an expensive pair of tannoys to the curb. Are use a pair of super tweeters on top so I can dial back the horn slightly and I run a Dahlquist crossover and a pair of subs with a cheap Sumo Polaris amp.
Love it!
Try gpa as a previous poster suggested and keep an eye on eBay.


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