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    Default Polk Model 10

    So I picked up the speakers today! These have the peerless tweeters which are working fabuously! These have the fuses as well! I auditioned them at the sellers house with Dire Straits Money for Nothing. The guy spoiled me though as he used a KT-88 based integrated (make/model escape me currently). Damn these speakers sound great! I am truly surprised, had a nice taught bottom end and smooth highs. :D

    They are going to be a labor of love project. I am going to use some real veneer on these and build the stands (using the thread listed within this site).

    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36786

    This pic (from Ebay auction) really does not do these justice. Man I love this hobby!

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    Congrats! Post the results when you've finished the project.
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    There is a pair closing today near Chicago. The auction looks kinda plain but the seller sent me high-res pics and they look great. Only thing is it is a pick-up only. I will decide today if I want to make the trip. Complete with original stands, manual and one owner, well kept.

    I love mine, they are keepers.

    Evidently your better half caved. . . LOL. . . Seriously how does your wife like them??

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    She just rolls her eyes. :D

    What I have found that works to my advantage is that I have a storage area setup in my basement (humidity controlled) where I keep all the gear not in use. If she sees my stash she starts to get cranky. Out of site, out of mind :p

    She would be happy with a Bose radio on the counter!

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    So I got them home. They need new grill cloth (frames are in primo shape) and the vinyl is peeling but I figure a good speaker to learn how to veneer on. Got 3 badges coming, only need 1 (long story but won auctions on EPay) Here is a pic before I cleaned them up. I got them for about 100.00 for the pair. I was hesitant but I fired them up (without stands) with my trusty Sansui AU-G99X and went through some of the classics (Led Zep, Pink Floyd, etc.).

    I have seen some posts within the forums for Monitor 10s with real Rosewood veneer. Could find much else on that. Does anyone know what finishes were offered? I would like to keep them consistent to what was offered if possible. If not, I might go with Sapele.

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    I think it was just oak and cherry, if I'm not mistaken.
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    Tks! Now what would be nice is someone could capture a pic of their Model 10 (or Monitor 10's) side panels so I can try to mimic the color.

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    I'm not 100% sure about the rosewood, I think that was vinyl only, but Polk did not use cherry back then. The 2 common wood veneers were oak and walnut.
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    Thanks again! I was looking hard at rosewood initially but since I am a newbie on veneering as it is, oak is not nearly as pricey! Also, what is the "normal" finish for the baffle? Flat or a satin black finish? Crylon anyone :D

    I am excited. I hope these turn out as good as they sound :)

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    Those are very early ones: note the uncoated paper PR cone. The only "finish" in those days would've been "walnut" vinyl. My Monitor 7A's (and my LF-14, for that matter) are Polk's slightly later, "rosewood" vinyl. We always referred to them as "orange"... it's not a very impressive faux finish! That being said, I got a discount on my floor model demo orange 7A's (in 1978) and of course had to buy the matching LF-14 a few years later. All three pieces are still in fine working order and are here for the duration.
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    Yank, the baffle is actually a thin, textured paper. However, you can spray it with Krylon. I prefer the semi-flat black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut
    Yank, the baffle is actually a thin, textured paper. However, you can spray it with Krylon. I prefer the semi-flat black.


    I think they discontinued semi-flat black (bummer). . .Do not use Krylon's Flat Black or their replacement for semi-flat Black. Worst case you want a satin or low lustre or a gloss level of around 8-10. . . If you do find Semi-Flat Black buy it.

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    My RTA-12's (aka Monitor 12, big brothers to the 10) are also in the "rosewood" vinyl (now aka "orange" :) ), though they strangely match my livingroom decor... The only finishes I've seen offered in pamphlets were the vinyl, oak veneer and walnut veneer.

    There was at least one pair of RTA-12's veneered in rosewood, they're in a display of vintage Polk speakers at Polk HQ, visible in this picture:
    http://www.king-nerd.com/dood/images...5/100_0698.jpg

    The picture is part of a Polk HQ tour thread here on the forum (warning: many BIG pictures)
    http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32353

    They were veneered on the sides, top, bottom and face, and I think they're unique (may have been a styling study or something). They're sitting next to another pair of RTA-12 with oak veneer.

    *sigh* I wish mine had the wood veneer. I like 'em a lot, but not sure if i want to go through learning to apply veneer or paying someone to refinish them...
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    Damn! Maybe I will have to veneer the baffles as well. I really liked the look :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyank
    Damn! Maybe I will have to veneer the baffles as well. I really liked the look :D

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    Me too John. . . I just noticed mine are different colors. . . I too like the "real wood" front baffle. . . I have some connections to big speaker folks that buy our paint. I know we have the black paint that we sell to one of the biggest Pro Speaker companies. The Chemist is in the same lab. . . If I find out anything of interest I will drop you a line. . .

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    oh man, I think I'm gonna have to learn veneering now... :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by joelll
    oh man, I think I'm gonna have to learn veneering now... :-)

    Only thing that baffles me is breaking that front edge so they stay basically the same as now. . .

    Plus mitering the corners or wraping the corner. . . I guess I need to start on a couple little boxes first. . .

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    I got a couple Monitor 10s with the old walnut stuff on them that I want to paint black. Any paint recommendations? Has anyone done this? Thanks for any advice.

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    Here is raising a thread from the dead! :D

    I am going to be painting the Model 10's in this pic instead of attempting veneer. I have a pair of Frankenspeakers I am now completing in which I used the following paint (Duratex):

    http://www.acrytech.com/store.asp?pid=14119

    I learned a LOT while using this paint. Heavy coats (2), first coat I used a 1/4" nap roller to completely seal the cabinets and then a BIG textured roller for the second coat, this allows you to hide some imperfections but not all. Does not require any primer, etc. I used a textured roller and will update this thread later today with a pic of the results.

    I am going to strip the vinyl off the model 10 cabinets and fill any imperfections with bondo. Oh, one last thing I like about Duratex, the paint, once dried, is 100% waterproof so go ahead honey, put your planters on top of my speakers!

    Enjoy!

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    Default example of Duratex paint

    here is what this paint looks like on MDF. I used a 1/2" nap for the first coat on all sides and though it is hard to see the top and sides I used a splatter roller to create a textured surface. Bottom line it is way easier then veneering, is 100% water proof.

    I have enough (I hope) left to do the Model 10's once I strip the vinyl off and fill any voids with bondo.

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    Default how do you clean up the drivers?

    The drivers of my Model 10's are dusty. What is the best way to clean them up?

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    Windex and some paper towels (I've used old white socks with good luck, too). Spray the Windex on the paper towels (not the speaker) and wipe in a circular motion. If the dust caps have a white-ish look to them, I found that rubbing alcohol (or windex) on a Q-tip cleans them nicely. Don't use anything like Armor All or crud like that. Windex did the trick for my 10B's, SDA 1C's and recently acquired SRS2's. It works wonders on the rubber surrounds and the passive radiators as they seem to collect stuff thru the years.

    Good luck!
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    Hi Bigyank,

    I see you possibly have 2 surplus Polk badges. I'd be happy to take them off your hands for my vintage monitor 5's that I need to make grilles for. I'd happily pay you postage and a reasonable price for the badges themselves.

    Cheers,

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    Only issue is one of them is nickel (silver?) and the other gold. I was going to either paint them or try to get them plated in nickel. If you still want them as is (they are in good shape) let me know.

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    Hi Bigyank,

    Thanks for the offer but I really am after a matching pair.

    Cheers,

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