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Replacement driver - cheaper but cheerful

Postby Dave71 » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:00 am

Morning all

I bought a pair batterered and bruised RCf 310 active cabs a while back for spares or repairs. One had an unidentifiable 3rd party driver which was fit only for the bin.

Have had had the amp repaired (new gain pot and some resoldering) and all is fine so looking for a replacement driver.

The original Rcf neo drivers are probably worth more than the cab itself so looking a for a cheaper alternative. Any suggestions for something fairly rugged.
10”, 300w, 8 ohm.

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Re: Replacement driver - cheaper but cheerful

Postby Wonks » Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:16 pm

Which mark of 310A is it, as there are now 4 versions, and they all seem to have quite different 10" drivers.

The Thiele Small parameters are probably going to be quite different for another driver, so the porting and resulting low-end extension will be a bit of a mis-match. Less of an issue if you will be using them with a sub, so that they aren't doing much below 120Hz, but they probably won't sound great used on their own.

And unless you put new drivers in both speakers, they will obviously sound different from each other.

So by the time you buy two cheaper speakers, you may as well buy the correct RCF one.

Or keep a look-out for a single cheap RCF310A.

Just under £100 inc VAT for a mk 3 woofer here https://shop.ampman.co.uk/art310-110-c.asp

You'll probably be looking at at least £80 for another 10" speaker with 300W handling capacity, so I'd be really tempted to fit the correct unit.
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Re: Replacement driver - cheaper but cheerful

Postby Dave71 » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:29 pm

Appreciate the reply - Very valid points! The cabs are battered and bruised and this one would really only be used for rehearsal space/monitors/backup so not looking at a decent matching pair. I have 7 in total and use the better cabs for more important work. They’re all the mk1 and have the neomidium drivers at about £130 each.
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Re: Replacement driver - cheaper but cheerful

Postby Wonks » Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:37 pm

OK, I get that. So what's your max budget?
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