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Discussion in 'Home Cinema Speakers' started by NinjaBrewCommando, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. NinjaBrewCommando

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    Hey up.

    I have a little issue with my Q9C and wondered if anyone could help.

    My girlfriend's sister and her little nine year old angel of a daughter stayed over recently. The visit was the usual 'fun' :boring: :nono: :suicide: . It was a couple of days later whan I had some time to sit down and watch a movie that I noticed something odd about the tweeter in the centre speaker. I looked closer (I could see the problem fom my viewing/listening position and still can...:censored: ) and saw a small, child-fingernail sized indentation in the tweeter. Suitable pi55ed off, I got the GF to look and in a Python-esque fit of genious, she said, "how did that happen?" and subsequently pressed her fingernail just below the original mark, following this up with "oh, its quite soft, isn't it?" I'd get kicked off the forum if I repeated what I said. I'm sure a few of you could sympathise.

    Anyhow, I now have two fingernail marks in my tweeter. It hasn't affected the sound too much, if any, but I can see the damage, even from a distance and it really annoys me.

    Not knowing much about the Kef Uni-Q drivers, can anyone give me an idea if it would be economically viable to replace the tweeter, or do am I going to have to live with the constant torment of seeing those dents?

    Here's a link to a picture of the damage:

    http://uk.geocities.com/nhargreaves@btopenworld.com/

    They've visited since and our poor cats were shivering the atmosphere was that frosty...:rolleyes:

    Neil.
     
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    damn, that must have hurt :eek: unlucky mate :(

    Depending on the diameter you could try using the vacuum cleaner to suck the dent out; I've done this in the past with some success
     
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    Or try using a bit of sellotape against it to pull it out. I think you'd be best speaking to Kef though.
     
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    Ninja,

    Sorry to here your bad news m8 ,

    Call KEF 01622 672261 and ask to speak to Clive Pitt , he can advise on what to do or replacing the UNI Q
    :)
     
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    I had to replace a Monitor Audio Silver tweeter under similar circumstances. I paid about 40 quid (sterling). That wasn't so bad, hopefully your cost will be similar.
     
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    Thanks for the quick replies and the sympathy guys :thumbsup:

    Breitling, thanks for the contact number for Kef. I'll give it a shot.

    I am too scared to use the vacuum cleaner as I think the attachments are too large for the size of the tweeter, do I may end up doing more damage :suicide:

    When I upgrade to Q7s for my fronts, all visitors will be vetted and subject to a 'technology awareness' induction on what to leave the :censored: alone!
     
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    argh grills YUCK :D
     
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    My front speakers are on the floor at the moment so it seems a very sensible move to me. Sub looks better with it on anyway :cool:

    I'd expect replacing a Uni-Q driver to be quite a bit more expensive than replacing a normal driver. It cost me about £25 to replace one of the main drivers on my Mission 77C1.
     
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    The GF suggested putting grills back on, but the ones that come with the maple Q series are a really crap silvery grey colour. Not cool.:thumbsdow

    Might have to resort to it as temporary defence against undisciplined kids and technologically retarded visitors though.:rolleyes:
     
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    A tin of spraypaint would probably turn them a nice shade of black, or even see if Kef could supply some in black. It's still not the same as having all the lovely drive units on show though.
     
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    i'd b e tempted to move house and forget to tell them?
     
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    Seriously, you have no idea how tempting that is! :devil: :smashin:
     
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    Solicitors Fees £300.00
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    Saving your sanity = Priceless

    for everything else there’s master.....errr....ebay!! :D
     
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    Ninja ,

    did you speak to KEF , if so how did you get on ? :)
     
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    Hi Breitling,

    Not spoke to them yet. This week has been so busy - work is a mare and am rowing every night in the Cambridge Town Bumps races (and doing rather badly...:blush:...but we're a scratch crew with an average age of over 50, seeded way over our abilities!).

    I'll try and give them a call at lunchtime today.

    Neil.
     
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    whats bump races :confused:
     
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    Hi Breitling,

    Just spoke with Kef and they confirmed that trying to fix it would only serve to make it worse, soit was best to replace it, but the good news is that a replacement part is only £15 and I should be able to fit it myself:clap: . It requires some soldering, but I should be able to cope.

    I'll be ordering the replacement either today or next week.

    Thanks for the help and also to the other people who suggested possible fixes :smashin: .

    To answer your question about the Bumps, it's a big race on the river Cam with 90 or so boats spread over four mens and two womens divisions. You all start off in a big line, two boat lengths apart and wait for a big cannon to go off :eek: . You row like buggery and try and catch the person in front. If you do, then this is called a 'bump' and then you move up a place for the next night. There's a lot more to it than this, but that's the basic idea. We got bumped every night this week:( , but we should really be in the division below. Not much we can do about it but keep trying our best. I am in a rowing club called X-Press, rowing out of the Cambridge Blue Pub. It's the last night tonight, so after the race there's a BBQ at the pub :beer: :beer: :beer: :smashin: .

    Thanks again for the help, and also to Kef customer services - I called and Clive was busy, so the (very nice and polite) lady on the phone advised me to call back. I got through next time, but he he wasn't there, so I left an answer message and he got back to me 15 minutes later. This was all at lunch time too, so I am pleased with the service.

    Neil.
     
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    Thats great to hear Ninja, good luck with the rowing :thumbsup:
     

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