Castle Driver replacement

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  1. AdamPV

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    Hi chaps,

    Just wondering if someone can point me in the right direction. I have a lovely pair of Castle Severn speakers, only one of the drivers has been blown (by the previous owner).

    Does anyone know if these fit? I'm thinking about buying two.

    The total size of the drivers is 6 inches including the outer metal rim, 5 inches including the rubber surround, or 4 inches just the cone.

    Otherwise, if someone can tell me a better place to get a replacement I would very much appreciate it :thumbsup:
     
  2. Tone DeFeet

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    I'm a bit of a noob at this audio malarkey but if I were you I'd email the seller and ask him. Also make sure that the driver is of the same ohmage as the ones you are replacing. I'm guessing that you should replace both sides at the same time to get an even sound and to have both speakers pulling an equivalent load from you amp. HTH.
     
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    I thought Castle should be able to supply spares at least for the next couple of years...
     
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    And I imagine you should be careful, since every driver has a characteristic response, and won't behave the same within the same cabinet... And there is also the matching at the crossover frequencies... and for sure a lot more I don't really know about :rolleyes: So I guess your best bet would be to contact Castle...
     
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    Are Castle still trading? I heard a rumour (read somewhere) that they'd sold up - could be wrong though.
     
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    It is right, but they must still provide service for loudspeakers already produced and sold, AFAIK. That's how it works for any company, istn't it?
     
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    Hi,

    Castle Acoustics went bust in October 06, so no longer in business. They sold the brand name to the Chinese owners of Wharfedale, Mission, Quad, etc (IAG). I suggest that you contact them for more information.

    Audio15
     
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    Hello Audio15,

    am I right thinking that in any case they must be able to supply parts for a good while?

    I mean, they were giving 5 years warranty, so...
     
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    FYI, IAG are carrying NO spares for Castle speakers and believe supply of any will be very limited to non existent. :mad: And obviously they carry no responsibility re guarantee etc

    They simply bought the brand/name from the receivers
     
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    Hello,

    my dealer told me today that there are plenty of spares, but they cannot be touched until the situation is solved. After that, we can only hope... And I am despite of this seriously thinking about buying some Richmond 7i!
     
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  12. cribeiro

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    Well, you answer the question yourself, I believe.

    Sorry, I am not a native English speaker, and I know very little about business... But as you say, the company is in receivership, and at some point it will be decided what to do, which will probably be to start production in China. Same names, same logo, different sound and finish quality. Meanwhile, the whole property remains untouched. The problem seems to be (again, no idea about business...) that debts must be paid to many persons, and selling just one driver should split sat 50 pounds in many small parts. I have no idea anyway.

    Yes, he offered me a pair of sealed Richmond 7i at a very good price (I compared with prices available on line), and no, he has no bad intentions. He made clear that there won't be 5 year guarantee from Castle if I buy them, and that spares won't be available although they physically exist. He can only offer the german 2 year guarantee in case of malfunction. If no repair is possible, I should be getting a refund, I imagine (I don't know the german law in detail anyway, but there must be consumer rights somewhere, or so I'd like to believe).

    Actually, he can only get the speakers through another dealer friend of him, I told him I was looking for something and he made the effort to see what's available around.
     
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    Hi - saw your earlier post about castle Severn drivers. Did you ever find where to get them. I'm in exactly the same situation (except I blew mine myself!) and need one or possibly two. Or maybe buy your good one if you have scrapped the pair.
    Hope to hear from you
    Chas
    PS please email to [email protected] as my usual email is not working right now.
     
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    You can get castle drivers repaired by Mike Laisler Audio Repar in York, 01904 761 043.

    I have dealt with him recently, he has the majority of reconing kits and diaphrams from castles old stock I believe.

    To the guy with the blown Severn Driver, is the driver still functioning but making a flapping sound? check the rear orange suspension on the driver, it is prown to dry up and come away on those units and easy to repair yourself
    :)
     
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    and I just noticed the date on the original thread lol
     
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    Never the less cheers for the tip. ;)
     
  17. AdamPV

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    Cheers for the replies, I never did get back with an update.

    I removed the driver from the cabinet, looking closely at the coil diaphragm I noticed the glue had gone off letting it flap which produced the effect which I assumed was a blown coil.

    With a small screwdriver I scraped off the old glue from beneath the diaphragm then applied some strong epoxy with the same screwdriver, then finally put a small layer on top overlapping to create a seal. Then I turned the driver face down and laid it on a table letting it's own weight press the two surfaces firmly together. I left it like this for two days before fitting the driver back into the cabinet.

    The speakers have been used on and off since the repair and I'm pleased to report they haven't displayed the same distortion since.

    For anyone else who has this problem, it takes very little effort time and money. I would suggest this could be applied to most older drivers suffering the same fate without having been overloaded beforehand.

    Good luck all and thanks again.
     
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    If new drive units are required in the future Wilmslow Audio can usually help.
     
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    You used EPOXY glue to repair your surround? Good luck with that.

    Most recommend that you use a softer more flexible glue. Something like Aileen's Fabric Glue is very popular.

    If the epoxy glue holds and the speaker works, more power to you. But few would have used such a ridged glue. Even carpenter's wood glue would have been more flexible. Though, wood glue is not specifically recommended.

    I believe Wilmslow has glue specifically for speakers.

    Still, it is done now, and as I said, good luck with that.

    Steve/bluewizard
     
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    No, I used epoxy to reattach the diaphragm to the magnet behind the cone.
     

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