Vintage speakers like these Americna-made 1970s Bose 501 speakers usually still sound great, but don’t always look so good. Speaker cloth can get damaged over time, but replacing the fabric is easy.
This speaker is in an unfortunate state, but still plays beautifully. Can anything be done? Yes! Recovering vintage speakers is easy, and we have many varieties of Acoustone Speaker Cloth to choose from. Our Acoustone Speaker Cloth is designed and engineered for sound transmissibility and aesthetic appearance. The engineered fabric construction of the speaker grill cloth cover allows the sound to pass through the synthetic round threads with minimum interference. The result is a top quality speaker grill cloth engineered for sound reproduction.
Here we will show you, step by step, how to recover a speaker with Acoustone Speaker Cloth in the Acoustical Solutions warehouse.
Step One: Remove the old frame and fabric. The frames on these old speakers are usually made of thin masonite material and are stapled on. It shouldn’t be too difficult to pull it off.
Step Two: Remove the old fabric from the old frame. Assess the state of the old frame. If it is falling apart, you can easily use the old frame as a stencil on new Masonite and cut it out with a jigsaw.
Step Three: Lay the frame that will be used on a sheet of cardboard and spray with industrial strength glue. If you are working indoors, make sure you are working in a very well ventilated area, or move your project outdoors.
Step Four: Let the glue partially dry, then flip the frame pieces onto the spread-out Acoustone Speaker Cloth, glue side down.
Step Five: Press the frame onto the cloth, then cut out the frame pieces and fabric with a one inch allowance.
Step Six: Fold the fabric allowance over the edges of the frame pieces and press down. Cut excess fabric off the edges.
Step Seven: Use a clamp to tighten the fabric on the edges, then cut any additional fabric.
Step Eight: Use a small nail gun to attach the new frame pieces to the speaker.
Step Nine: Rock out!