I just received a pair of Dynaco A10 speakers from an Ebay auction. I am planning to re-finish the cabinets, replace the capacitors in the crossovers, and possibly upgrade the tweeters. I have discovered that the grilles are very securely fastened (glued?) to the front baffles. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get these loosened and removed, without harming the cabinets? I don't mind damaging the grille frames and/or grille cloth if that is necessary. Those are simple enough to replace. Thanks and
Hi Charley, I refinished a pair or A-10's some years ago which did come out quite well. The removal of the front grills was a bit difficult as compared to the A-25's but both were secured to the speaker cabinet with this nasty black adhesive. It did appear at least on my pair of A-10's that the amount of adhesive used was more than needed to hold these grills in place. Anyway, if you plans include replacing the grill cloth...then I would suggest cutting away the grill cloth with a razor blade and prying off the grill frames from the inner perimeter of the frames. Small wood wedges will assist in the initial release of the grill frames from the cabinet until you can get a finger grip on the frames to finish the removal.
I now use velcro at each corner to hold the grill frames.
Thanks Kevin, I'll do just that. I don't plan to save the grille cloth and if the frame(s) break, no problem, I'll just make more. After all, I used the "Fender Oxblood" grille cloth on my A25's (looks pretty cool!). I'll probably do the same with the A10's. BTW, do the drivers come out easily and do you have any suggestions on removing them?
Charley, Unfortunately, the drivers also have this same kind of adhesive. Remove the woofer first which will allow you to reach into the cabinet to apply pressure to remove the tweeter. I did damage the partical board somewhat removing the woofer and had to patch this up with wood putty. Flat black paint concealed this very well.
Thanks again Kevin. One more question please. Did you replace any capacitors in the crossovers, or just leave them alone? If these speakers check out fine and sound good, I may just mask off the front panels and do the re-finishing. I plan to use them in a "Dynaquad" set up with the A25's I already have.