Q: I’ve had a pair of Boston Acoustics A60 speakers for more years than I can remember. The woofers’ rubber surrounds are disintegrating after all these years. Do you have any idea where I could get replacement rubber for the 6-inch woofers?
A: Those A60s are great speakers. They are well worth preserving, and you can do it very inexpensively. Please note that your speakers have foam surrounds, not rubber surrounds. Rubber surrounds do not usually disintegrate the same way that foam does, although the adhesive can come loose or the rubber itself can degrade over time.
Whenever I need parts for any of my speaker restoration projects, my first stop is the Speaker Exchange of Tampa, Fla. If you have some old speakers you want to repair or are trying to resurrect a thrift store find, Speaker Exchange (reconingspeakers.com) probably can help you do it. Besides offering full-service repairs, they have a wide variety of parts for many makes and models. In your case, they sell a generic 6-inch refoaming kit for $10 that will work with the A60s.
A company called Simply Speakers sells a kit on Amazon that is specially designed for classic Boston Acoustics speakers, including your A60s. It sells for $24.95 and is apparently making a lot of customers happy, given the rave reviews there.
I don’t know if you have refoamed speakers before, but there is a video on YouTube that will guide you through the process. The demonstration uses Boston Acoustics speakers similar to yours.
I’ve had a deluge of questions the past few weeks and my inbox is overflowing. If you have sent me a question in the past few weeks and have not received a reply yet, rest assured that I am working to get caught up. Sorry for the delay.
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