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plafrance
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:45 am    Post subject: KEF 303 Reply with quote

Hello,
I have the opportunity to buy a pair of KEF model 303.
What a strange model of loudspeaker!!!
Are they good?
Is there a way to access the drivers without cuting the cloth that wrap them?
Thank you very much in advance.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've said this before Smile .

"The 303 mkII is an updated Celeste III/IV.

Visually look through the fabric with the aid of a flashlight to make sure all the doped paper drivers are undamaged and original.

Make sure the tweeters tweet and the woofers woof and there are no rattles or buzzing noises. Inspect the spring terminals and make sure they work

Read this

http://www.hifiloudspeakers.info/speakertalk/viewtopic.php?t=212&highlight=kef+303

and try to find some 20" stands to mount them on."


Australian variants because of the local fauna are made of Rosewood. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: KEF 303 Reply with quote

plafrance wrote:
Is there a way to access the drivers without cuting the cloth that wrap them?


Yes. If you remove the base that will expose the drawstring which holds the cloth tube tight. If you loosen that then you can roll the cloth tube up. The reason for using cloth was to keep the price down. At that time a cloth tube was much cheaper than wood veneer and not so artificial looking as vinyl with a woodgrain finish.

ColinR wrote:
The Concord IV has a "wooly" upper midrange due to the use of a paper coned driver.

Rubbish. A good pulp cone (which those were) inherantly has a much smoother frequency response than a lot of plastics and doesn't need all those layers of damping painted on. About the only thing that came close to the performance of paper was polypropylene and that was very difficult to stick reliably before pp primers became available much later on.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much ColinR and speakerguru.

ColinR, to know that "The 303 mkII is an updated Celeste III/IV2" is of no use for me...because I don't know the Celeste III/IV2. Smile

Concerning the 20" stands, the 303 I'm considering already have them.

Concerning the access to the drivers, I will try the two different methods that you suggest me.

Thanks again. It's great to find people ready to help others sharing the same interest for music (or sound).

Pierre
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"The 303 mkII is an updated Celeste III/IV2" is of no use for me...because I don't know the Celeste III/IV2



I was thinking about this http://www.hifiloudspeakers.info/Anatomy/KEFDocuments/KEFCelesteIVManual/KEFCelesteIVManualp1.html Very Happy .
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,
If there is a 303 mk II, is there a 303 mk I?
On the rear of mine, it's writen :

KEF 303
Type SP1126 8(ohm symbol)
Made in England No 6065

Thanks
Pierre
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If there is a 303 mk II, is there a 303 mk I?


There's a 303 and a 303 mk III in addition to the 303 mkII, if you add in the Celeste II/III/IV & V this was quite a popular design Cool .
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