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Zzzappp! Blackout fries my beloved Mucia Hall Marimbas

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Roland Stone, Apr 8, 2015.

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  1. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member Thread Starter

    Deep Maryland
    Ugh, as above. We endured some yet unexplained regional blackouts yesterday, with lots of powering up and powering down. One of the casualties of yesterday's electrical problems was one of my Music Hall Marimbas, the well-reviewed two-ways from Roy Hall.

    The left speaker was blown, although I think the woofer is what's now offline, not the tweeter as per the usual. Is this likely an unfixable (by me) problem in the crossover, or is this salvageable? Anyone with experience with such electrical casualties?

    I had turned off my source -- the radio -- without turning off the amp, and thus the speakers were powered during the electrical problems.
  2. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Meet me at the Green Dragon for an ale

    San Diego, CA, USA
    My condolences - did your amp suffer any damage as well?
  3. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member Thread Starter

    Deep Maryland
    No, I thought the amp would be the problem, but the problem followed the speaker.
  4. 500Homeruns

    500Homeruns Peaceful Punk

    Lehigh Valley, PA
  5. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member Thread Starter

    Deep Maryland
    My real problem is what to do about replacing it. Marimbas come in a box built for two, not one, presumably leaving the factory in pairs. I don't think I can order just one!
  6. Bad Juju! Hopefully you can repair the problem without breaking the bank. We have chronic power problems where I live now, and I am looking for a good, reliable way to protect my gear. Otherwise, I will be the next person taking a big hit! Best of luck with the Marimba repair.
  7. This post came across while I was typing. Can you possibly repair your speaker rather than replacing it? Might save you some coin.
  8. Bill

    Bill Senior Member

    Eastern Shore
    You might want to contact the manufacturer. info@musichallaudio.com
    I've had speaker components blow, and have been able to order a replacement and replace them myself with just a screwdriver.
    Good luck!
  9. gloomrider

    gloomrider Well-Known Member

    Hollywood, CA, USA
    LOL! I thought you meant the recent Audio Fidelity reissue of the Scorpions title! :targettiphat:
  10. I don't know the design of these, but could be as simple as replacing a blown fuse.
  11. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member Thread Starter

    Deep Maryland
    That would be great. Even my Homer Simpson fingers (and intellect) can handle a blown fuse.
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  12. hesson11

    hesson11 Forum Resident

    Why not call Roy Hall and let him cuss you out royally while calling you every profane name in the book, as he did with Sam Tellig?
  13. Halloween Jack

    Halloween Jack Forum Resident

    This is scary :faint:

    So, a surge protector or AVR are not enough to protect audio gear?
  14. JBStephens

    JBStephens I don't "like", "share", "tweet", or CARE. In Memoriam

    South Mountain, NC
    Music Hall is an importer, not a manufacturer. I made the mistake of calling to point out a serious arm resonance at 330 Hz, thinking maybe he'd look into it. He basically said "Too bad, suck it up." I sold the turntable.

    The woofer could be any of a half a dozen, but here's the tweeter.


    It is extremely rare for a crossover to be damaged by a voltage spike. And it's quite easy to remove the drivers for testing. If there is a fuse, easy enough to replace. Good luck.
  15. bajaed

    bajaed Forum Resident

    I called Roy once with some questions about my turntable and he was pretty amiable and helpful. Got a hold of him on my first try as well.

    These other guys must have done something to piss him off.:cool:
  16. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    That's a shame. We had a blackout tonight but I was listening to vinyl through my Fisher tube amp with the big tranny so I got to hearing a nice slow windinggggg dowwwwwnnnnnnn......
  17. laughalot

    laughalot Forum Resident

    Get your self a good on line UPS.
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  18. gingerly

    gingerly Forum Resident

    I've never heard Roy be difficult with anyone calm and honest. Tell him how bummed you are and that you want to do what you can to get them up and running again. He'll sort you out.
  19. DaveC113

    DaveC113 Forum Resident

    Front Range CO
    Some UPS can be ok, others may not.... but it's an expensive solution. If you get a Zero Surge or SurgeX series mode surge eliminator you should be good to go for a lot less cash. SurgeX has an under/over voltage shutdown feature that is great for folks that experience brownouts, which can be damaging as well.
  20. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member Thread Starter

    Deep Maryland
    Just to update: I contacted Music Hall and received a reply from Mr. Hall himself. While he couldn't sell me an individual speaker -- which I didn't expect, since the Marimbas come in boxes of two -- Mr. Hall did offer a generous discount on a new pair.
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  21. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    Westfield, IN USA
    Now you have a spare set of drivers for the next blackout.
  22. bhazen

    bhazen Fab Fourever

    Newcastle, WA
    Roy's not the buccaneer he pretends. :)
  23. gingerly

    gingerly Forum Resident

    Yep... he's a good guy.
  24. PROG U.K.

    PROG U.K. Audiophile-Anglophile

    New England
    Are the speakers covered under your homeowners insurance policy?
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