bzbz wrote:well, I just re-read the last few "redone" threads, and am still kinda confused - I left messages at a bunch of companies, and will continue to investigate - but I would appreciate any constructive feedback I can get!
I talked with Edgewound (Ken @ Upland Speaker) just the other day. He's probably one of the foremost experts on re-coning of old JBL's. JBL moved the manufacturing of OEM re-coning kits to Mexico a while back. They've had continuous quality control issues. My last factory re-cone sounded amazing for exactly 5 hours and then failed. Instead of fixing the manufacturing process, JBL (or the parent company) decided to scrap it and stop making them. This put specialists like Kenny in a world of hurt. He's been doing research and trials for the last year or so and has found aftermarket parts that get very close... or as close as one can get.
At this point some places like Orange County still have some EOM kits for D/K/E140's and D123's, but they are very very pricy. If you can find someone with NOS OEM kits sitting around for a D/K/E120 or 130 you'd be one lucky dude.
Frankly, I'm a big fan of the D series... but have stopped even considering them. The paper is pretty old and the K series cone material holds up much better. Of course if you're an E fan, they are pretty much everywhere.