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Anybody know about Polytone 8" Speakers?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ricky Caboverde, Nov 21, 2005.


  1. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I just got had pretty bad on Ebay (still awaiting response from the seller). I bought a Polytone Baby-Brute (old model with closed back) for $300. However, I just got it this afternoon and it does not turn on plus the speaker is badly torn and the dust cap is totally dented inward. Is there anyplace that I can find these speakers, or at least refer me to a decent replacement? I have an Eminence Beta 8, will this do or is it not enough to replace the EV speaker?
    I really appreciate anyhelp.
    By the way, I am trying to see if I can just get some money back from the seller. I really dig the size of this thing, if I could only get it to work. Any body know of a fair price for this amp? God bless!!!
     
  2. ctxbass

    ctxbass Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Central Texas
    Maybe this will be of some help. I had a couple of the old Polytones and they had internal in-line speaker fuses. The old brute series amps had a 3 ohm speaker. This would allow you to hook up an 8 ohm extension speaker and still not go below the 2 ohm minimum load. The EV speaker may not be original.
     
  3. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Thanks for the info. Have any ideas of what I could use instead? A 3 ohms speaker is pretty much nonexistent and an Eminence Beta 8 is 8ohms, so I wouldn't be getting all the volume I could get. What could I use?
     
  4. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    heh :oops: speaking of fuses.... I just noticed that the amp is missing the slo blo fuse...guess that takes care of that problem. :smug:
     
  5. Reefer

    Reefer Guest

    Mar 9, 2003
  6. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    well I got the fuse in and the Beta 8 speaker (to replace the torn EV) and the amp is working great. However I did call polytone and it woulkd be $98 to get a replacement shipped to me and a local audio tech store can recone the torn speaker for about $60. The Beta sounds good but I am wondering if I am missing something soundwise by using an eminence speaker that is made to be used in a ported cab rather than the custom EV speaker? Can anybody put in their 2 cents of experience here? Does the reconing sound like a good deal or a possible problem (I don't know the quality of their work, but it does come with a 1 year warranty).
    Sorry for bothering all of you with such a trivial amp matter.
    God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!
     
  7. Reefer

    Reefer Guest

    Mar 9, 2003
    I've tried different speakers in Polytones and none ever sounded as good as what was originally in them. If you're happy with the Beta, leave it. If you're going to spend any more money get the factory repalcement.
     
  8. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Thanks Reefer. That's exactly what I wanted to know.
    I'll just recone the speaker to keep everything original and keep costs low.
     
  9. Reefer

    Reefer Guest

    Mar 9, 2003
    I don't know if I'm following you. Did you buy it with an EV speaker? If so, that is NOT original!
     
  10. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    I thought all older Polytone speakers were made by EV they just weren't labled. Sorry for the confusion.
    I know for sure that whatever speaker it is, it is the original.
     
  11. BlacksHole

    BlacksHole

    Mar 22, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    I have a polytone pro and although I still have the original speakers, I was told some time ago (don't remember who though) that Jensen makes the closest match to the original speakers.