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I've picked up my first ever record player. + other Vintage questions

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I got a Sony record player from my uncle, he said he put a new "rock" needle on it a while ago. I absolutely love listening to it, so much more depth to it. I'm using a crate of old records that my dad had as a kid. Of course the first record I had to put on was Dark Side of the Moon. tongue.gif

My uncle also hooked me up with some Technics SB-4500A's. Don't sound too bad, definitely not lacking on the lows. I wired them in series with some KLH 403As to improve on the highs.

I'm wondering, down the road when I want to improve on the setup (possibly need to upgrade the speakers first) should I look into a high quality needle or new/better quality records? These records are used and old from my dad's time, they don't sound scratched though.

I also want to ask about one of the tweeters on the SB-4500As, which doesn't seem to work. I've concluded it's not the wiring, and the tweeter itself because I can plug the tweeter from the working side into the non-working side and it works...but the non-working tweeter doesn't work on either side. What's weird is there is a tweeter and woofer protection circuit of some kind on the backside of the speaker, with reset switches for each, so I don't see how the tweeter could have blown. It doesn't look physically damaged either.
Any ideas on how I can fix it?

Lastly, I mentioned I have the Technics and KLHs wired in series. The Technics are 6Ohm, and the KLH's are 4-6Ohm. I switched my NAD 7130 from 4Ohm to 8Ohm. Should I be okay like this, or should I wire them each into their own channels?
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Most stereos have no trouble with ~16ohm loads, and you're under it, so you should be fine. Just make sure it's not clipping, that's one of the best ways to blow up speakers.

Don't know if you saw the other thread, but the voice coil is probably blown (I've blown tweeters even with protection circuits, they're no guarantee), and fixing that ranges from hard to impossible. At any rate it's going to be difficult unless you have mad soldering skills and a fine tip on your soldering gun, your best bet might be finding a replacement off ebay.
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