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 Post subject: Celestion Ditton 332
PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:14 am 
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I (reluctantly) took these on trade this morning. I say 'reluctantly' because I have never really loved British speakers, and I have never owned a pair of Celestions. I do have a Peavey guitar amp with a Celestion driver, but that is a different animal. The cabinets aren't in bad shape, but I am sure that the purists would turn their noses up at them. The grill cloth appears to be original but showing its age, and both 'Celestion' grill badges are still there. One of the tweeters is missing its screen (I could always remove the other one), but it is hard to tell if either are working or not. The woofers and midrange drivers are working fine.

I wonder if the tweeter crossover frequency is higher than my 60+ Boomer hearing can perceive, or if the source material doesn't have much recorded in that range. I suppose that the crossovers are getting a bit long in the tooth, and they might be the culprit as well. In any case, they sound pretty good ... and they are very solid. They are much more dynamic than most British speakers I have owned, and they don't seem to need much power (they are connected to a Sansui 4000 receiver). I got them with the intention of using them in my garage, but they are too big and heavy for my garage shelving, and they really are too good for the garage anyway.


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Take a sheet of paper, 8" by 11" or any size you like, make a funnel, then put the larger opening against the tweeter, and the smaller one against your ear.
If not hearing nothing, the tweeter are shot, which are quite frequent with most Ditton speakers if overdriven.

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Take a sheet of paper, 8" by 11" or any size you like, make a funnel, then put the larger opening against the tweeter, and the smaller one against your ear.
If not hearing nothing, the tweeter are shot, which are quite frequent with most Ditton speakers if overdriven.

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I am now convinced that the tweeters are bad. Oddly enough, they sound pretty good as they are, so they must crossover at a pretty high frequency. Now I have to decide whether to replace the tweeters, use the speakers as they are, or part them out.

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They really are quite a nice looking old speaker. I think I'd do a little searching and if the tweeters or a suitable replacement could be found without too great a cost I'd restore them out of curiosity if nothing else. I might also be tempted to open them up and see if it's the tweeters or the crossovers at fault. Hell, for all you know somebody disconnected the tweeters because they found them too bright.

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I've already had them out to test them with a multimeter. They are shot.

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I would send the tweeters to Fab Audio and see if they are repairable. Quite often it is just a lead wire to the voice coil that has broken.


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I might have the correct working drivers for one channel and possibly the crossover network too. My tweeter is also missing the screen.

The P/Ns are:
- tweeter : T2936
- midrange : T2938
- woofer : T2937

PM me if these matches yours.

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Thanks for the offer, but I am going to try and use them in the garage as they are. I don't feel like putting any money into them.

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Quadzilla wrote:
Thanks for the offer, but I am going to try and use them in the garage as they are. I don't feel like putting any money into them.


Quadzilla, if you come across a pair of Ditton 15 or Ditton 15XR, either pair would be ideal for your application. They are much smaller but they have that Celestion tight mid-range and very respectable bass thanks to their passive radiators. I've owned, reconditioned, re-capped, re-wired, traded and sold 11 pairs of the 15 and 3 of the 15XR. I won't part with my Ditton 15s, but the 15XRs must go soon.

Ditton 15XR
Dimensions:
Height: 22⅛"
Width: 9½"
Depth: 9¾"
Weight: 20 lbs each

I have owned their predecessors, the Ditton 33 as well as the Ditton 332. The 332s lasted 5 days with me. Sold them that fast because they were such a disappointment compared to the Ditton 33.

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