Bose 301 Series 1 speakers - worth fixing?

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  1. fishman919

    fishman919 Supporting Member

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    I found a pair of these while going through a storage warehouse belonging to my Dad. The cabinets are in good shape, but the surrounds on the woofers are shot and the grills are missing. I know fixing the surrounds would be about $20 (I did this recently on a pair of BA speakers). Unfortunately I've not found a good source for the foam grills (mostly searched on eBay).

    Are these worth repairing to sell? Any leads on where to get the replacement grills for a reasonable price?

    Thanks,
     
  2. soulohio

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    you probably could fabricate a grill.. balsa and a little cloth with posts but i dont mind them with no grill
    as to fixing the speakers, why not? they aren;t worth more than 100-125 bucks in great shape...in fact, i bought some new series 2 or 3 for about $125
     
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    I very much like my series II Bose 301s.
     
  4. fishman919

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    My research showed $40-50 for the pair. Y'all think this is low?
     
  5. Papanate

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    Not worth it - you'll get about $10 more and a lot of pain.
    However repairing them to use - yeah I think that's worth it.

    Regarding the Foam Grill replacement - they are all over the place
    for $125+. Obviously only a desperate moron would pay that for
    10 cents worth of foam. My Advice is to get large foam for speakers
    and just cut your own out.
     
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    Any suggestions on where to buy the foam?
     
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    I am immensely fond of my 301 s1 which I bought cheap 30 years ago! Even though they are supposed to be "low quality", their sound is right up there. I hope mine will not break. I have bought and sold a few others but I won't let go of my bargain Boses!
    Actually, I just determinded - mine are series II.
     
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  9. Gclef

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    Series 2 301s are good sounding little speakers!

    However, my 10.2 series 2 floor speakers put them to shame. 24 years old and still going strong! Many say these were the best ones Bose made.
     
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    I had a set of 201, 601 and 6.2. All were great speakers. I would refoam the 301 and use them. They are great for general listening since the tweeters shoot the highs all over the place. I liked them in rooms where you move about. My last use of my 201s were in the workshop. Great for background music.
     

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