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repairing speaker cone rips?

2/3/2000 5:01 PM
repairing speaker cone rips?
How do I repair 2 small rips in my Jensen C12N speaker cone? The rips are near the edge of the speaker. I've heard of ways to repair rips using glue and tissue paper. Any comments appreciated!!
2/3/2000 6:38 PM
Carl B.
I've done this two times now, with decent results: I watered down a bit of Elmer's white glue, and dipped the tissue strips in there, then layered them onto the tear.  
If you're getting axial tears near the frame, consider a liberal dosing of rubber cement, and/or more of the tissue for reinforcement.  
This will effect tone somewhat (a vintage Jensen "conniseur" would probably here the difference). But reconing would effect that more, and leaving it "as-is" is not an option. You also just might have to put this Jensen into lower-power duty.  
I don't know of the "accepted" vintage Jensen repair specialists, but it might be worthwhile to find out who a few of these guys are, and seek their advice.  
- Carl B.
2/3/2000 6:51 PM
Re: Thanks! repairing speaker cone rips?
Thanks Carl; much appreciated! Rb
2/3/2000 7:48 PM
Carl Z
Re: repairing speaker cone rips?
Hey Carl  
I've also heard that using a tea bag works great. Get it on the rip and secure with super glue. NOT the heavy epoxy, but that real thin super glue. I've never tried it myself but this one always seemed like a more robust fix than tissue paper. The material would also seem to have a closer consistency to the original speaker material.  
Carl Z
2/3/2000 8:16 PM
Re: using dryer strips/sheets?
in addition to tea bags, I heard about using the dryer strips or sheets; it does seem like the consistency of those is very close to speaker cone material; Have you heard anything about that? Tx...
2/3/2000 8:30 PM
here's another repair
I think the dryer sheets would have to be used right? So there's no perfume left...  
I've used that DIP-IT liquid rubber stuff for rubberizing tool handles, around the edges and dust cones.  
It's heavy so it will damp the sound a bit..  
2/3/2000 9:57 PM

I like to use fingernail polish as the glue. I supose that the dryer sheets would work fine, but I either use tissue paper or paper towel; dependent on the duty cycle of the speaker. Woofers, guitar and bass speakers get the paper towel, tweeters and paper midrange units the tissue.  
The advantage of the nail polish is fast dry and tends not to change the speakers character too much.
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