what exactly is used to DOPE speakers?

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  1. SW33THAND5

    SW33THAND5 Member

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    is it something that you could pick up at a store? or is it a specialty product that must be ordered from...????

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  2. CADdrafter

    CADdrafter Senior Member

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    i thought that was just street lingo for a good speaker.

    i.e.: "that speaker be soundin' dope, y'all!"
     
  3. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    My question is...what's the point?
    Why does a speaker need to be doped?
    Why can't it come fully functional out of the box?
     
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    I think doping is done for various reasons, Webers site would probably have more info. It gets rid of overtones and ghost notes sometimes. It can change the frequency response on the speaker. Why does anyone change pickups out of a guitar? To alter the sound, thats why you dope a speaker.
     
  5. FloridaSam

    FloridaSam Member

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    I hear people use DAP weldwood.
     
  6. Squigglefunk

    Squigglefunk Senior Member

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    100% pure extract of dopey

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    don't kill me please!
     
  7. bbarnard

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    I thought Tone Tubbys were MADE from Dope!
     
  8. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    They use dope to dope speakers...similar to the stuff you bought at hobby shops as a kid to treat silk stretched over wooden frames when making model airplanes.
     
  9. GuitarNorton

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    Dman your old to remeber that stuff....ah yea I remeber it too lol
     
  10. Structo

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    I don't think so Tim.
     
  11. bluestarbass

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    Is this all it is? When I first heard the term thats what I figured, except the dope I used on model planes was clear kinda goopy stuff. The dope on my speakers is black and much more stiff, almost like a tape of some sort. It may just be a ton of coats or something. Id love to see how someone does it.
     
  12. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    Not the exact same but the same type of stuff...basically a gooey liquid that attains a degree of stiffness and elasticity when it dries.
     
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    They are doped and fully functional out of the box, but some people like to add more, which restricts the travel and raises the power handling, or less, which lets the speaker travel more freely with less energy from the amp and lowers the power handling.
     
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    And of course some people undope them as well
     
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    Shamus Supporting Member

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    Send them to this guy?
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  17. Steve Foley

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    It seems like I remember some speakers being doped with rubber cement - but my memory is hazy, here..... :crazy

    El Steve-0
     
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    Maybe you inhaled too much of those rubber cement fumes. LOL
     
  19. AdmiralB

    AdmiralB Silver Supporting Member

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    Doping has nothing to do with power handling. That's purely a function of how much heat the motor can handle/dissipate before deforming or otherwise failing, cone characteristics don't enter the equation.

    Doping *can* affect the breakup point, however.
     

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