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Jbl 18" Speaker Question

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Dubsly, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Dubsly

    Dubsly Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    I just snagged an old Sunn 1-18 cab from a Craigslist ad. The previous owner had done some strange things to try and stop the rear panel from vibrating, so after some weatherstriping tape and decent screws, I've solved that problem. But...

    Long story short: It has an 18" Jbl E-155-8 loaded in it, and at first, mostly at lower volumes, it seemed scratchy and almost blown. However, the longer I played through it, it improved gradually and now seems perfectly fine.

    Could it be that after sitting around for a long time, (years possibly) that it just needed to get moving again? Or, should I expect problems with it down the road?

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  2. audioglenn

    audioglenn Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2012
    Yes, it could be the fact that it sat for so long. The voice coil on any speaker moves back and forth between a gap in the magnet at the center of the speaker. That movement is called "excursion". If that speaker sat for a long time, there could have been dirt and dust that settled in there interfering with the excursion. It could also be that the sound improved from the voice coil heating up after sitting for so long. My guess is that is should be OK. Hope this helps!
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  4. audioglenn

    audioglenn Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2012
    One more thing....the E 155 is a very well made speaker, so even if it does fail, I would invest in having it re-coned. It is well worth it!
  5. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    If it has open ports on the back, sometimes critters move in and build nests. Playing may knock loose the nesting.
  6. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    If you got it from certain denominations of Churches you never know what's been in there that might have been causing a rattle:
    Great 18 inch speakers them old JBL's she'll be worth evicting a rattler or two for.:D
  7. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Use of this field for any other purpose is prohibited
    It's entirely dependent on the relationship between rattle and fang. Get it right, and you've got a winner for sure.
  8. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Rattle 'n Fang! I knew them mates over in Cornwall!
  9. Dubsly

    Dubsly Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. I got a little worried when I brought it home and gave it a test. But, after it "re-broke itself in" it"s been fine.

    I took it to a four hour practice the next day, after letting it sit all night, and it sounded awesome right off the bat.

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