What is Speaker Reconing?
Reconing is the removal and replacement of all the moving parts in the speaker frame. This includes the voice coil, spider, cone, surround, gaskets, dustcap and leads. It returns the speaker to exact new condition (if original parts are still available) or to as close to new or to an upgraded condition depending on the choice and availability of recone parts.
- How to Identify Speaker Parts
- How to Measure My Parts. Instructions on how to measure each part needed for a recone kit.
- How to Clean/Prep a Speaker for Reconing (printed instructions) and Video Instructions
- How to Recone with Unassembled Parts (printed instructions) and Video instructrions
- How to Finish Reconing. Final step– Closing the speaker. How to wire and install dustcap.
- How to Recone with a One Piece Assembly (such as JBL, Altec, Tannoy)
- How to Modify the Cone – (open throat for larger voice coil)
- How to Clean the VC Gap if buzzing – (without reconing)
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Only need to replace the outside foam surround? See Refoaming FAQ
Q: Can you recone with the exact parts to match my original?
A: We always match the new parts to the original parts as closely as possible. Sometimes the original parts are no longer available. In that case, we match as closely as possible with the available parts. Sometimes as with vintage auto or organ speakers, we must cut and paste parts to create the parts we need.
Q: Can I use my original speaker frame and magnet and change the impedance?
A: Yes, in most cases, we can change impedance when we recone the speaker. It is easier to go from a 4 ohm to an 8 ohm or from a 8 ohm to a 16 ohm impedance than vice-a-versa although this can be done with certain brand speakers. The more precise the voice coil gap (as with JBL professional products for example), the more difficult to change from an 8 ohm to a 4 ohm voice coil.
Q: Can I use my speaker frame and magnet and change the way I use the speaker?
A: Yes, in most cases, a speaker can be customized or changed to accommodate a particular need. We can change the cone or surround or even dustcap and spider to produce more low or mid frequencies. We cannot change power handling, but we can use the best parts possible to help optimize power handling. For example, if the original voice coil was on a paper former, a new aluminum or nomex voice coil will help to increase heat dissipation which will result in increased power handling.
Q: Can you give me a price estimate for my speaker repair?
A: Yes, contact us with the speaker brand and model and we can quote repairs. We might also need the numbers on the component magnet or frame or possibly a picture.
Q: Can you recone my midrange or tweeter?
A: Sometimes it is more economical to replace rather than repair certain mids and tweeters. We can recone or refoam 3″ and larger midranges and this can be necessary with certain model speakers where there is no good replacement option. However in many cases, we have a replacement option that is less costly than repair. Contact us for advice and evaluation.