First introduced in 1998, HK Audio’s compact and lightweight, yet powerful Lucas system soon became the standard compact PA system for smaller venues. This rugged system still does its job nicely after nearly 20 years.
Unfortunately, the foam plastic has started to dissolve and to turn into crumbs on many older Lucas systems.
As you can see on our photo, removing the front grille may reveal everything but a nice view. In this case, the foam plastic crumbs already made their way into the tweeter, so they needed to be removed with a vacuum cleaner.
All in all it took less than two hours to make the entire system shine—and sound—in new splendour with our new PA-Type Acoustic Cloth and a few metres of our hook fastener tape.
Now the band that owns the compact PA can start into the new year with a perfectly looking and sounding system. Even better: the Black/Lime Green colour of the acoustic speaker cloth perfectly suits the band’s corporate colour.
The Sundown A-50 1×12 combo is a powerful early 80s tube amp that was built by amp guru Dennis Kager. At it’s time, it was renowned for its killer clean sound, especially with a Les Paul, and it was played by greats such as John Scofield, Allan Holdsworth, Peter Frampton, and Earl Slick. Jan Hammer even used it for several keyboard sounds.
No doubt, the A-50 is a piece of amp history worth keeping and caring for.
And with it’s new speaker grille made of PA-Type Acoustic Cloth from Akustikstoff.com, this one looks better than it ever did before.
Product development and engineering took their time, but it was worth every effort: Today we have launched our new product line – PA-Type Acoustic Cloth. The guiding principle in the development process was to consistently meet the high demands of live sound speakers and instrument amps in terms of ruggedness and robustness without compromising the unparalleled acoustic transparency that has gained our acoustic cloth an outstanding reputation with many high-end hifi manufacturers.
Ideally Suited for All Live Sound Applications
PA-Type Acoustic Cloth boasts the same great acoustic properties all our types of speaker cloth are renowned for. This means that our new PA-Type Acoustic cloth puts an end to any loss in the transmission of high and mid frequencies caused by acoustically questionable foam plastic speaker front covers (which, on top of that, usually tend to crumble once the plasticisers have dissolved). It also says good bye to those unsightly metal grids that may be practical but easily turn a speaker array into an eyesore. And who actually said that PA systems always need to come in that dreary uniform black? From now own, there’s a choice of 13 great-looking colours for all PA-speakers, sidefills, and monitors – from modest vintage hues all the way to shiny colours that make possible a deliberate stage design with accent colours.
PA-Type Acoustic Cloth is the perfect choice for new speakers as well as for the refurbishment of speaker fronts that have become a bit long in the dent. A first example ist this pair of sattelite speakers from a Lucas compact PA system. We used a metal brush to remove the scruffy foam plastic from the metal grid below, then we re-covered the grid with PA-Type acoustic cloth. The whole process took less than thirty minutes. We will blog a photo documentary of all work steps shorty – stay tuned!
Better Look and Better Sound for Many Instrument Amps
How come that virtually all combo amps, amp heads, and speaker cabinets whose name doesn’t start with an F or a V come with a completely uninspired black front? And who claims that all those noble boutique amps require a speaker cloth whose look and muffled sound instantly reminds you of granny’s old steam radio? Why not introduce a splash of colour and make things a little more individual? On top of that, the excellent acoustic transparency of PA-Type Acoustic Cloth makes most combos and speaker cabinets sound more authentic. The complex sound of vintage speakers, for instance, won’t be deprived of its sweet highs and mids; everything sounds more open and transparent. We will put a couple of examples online within the next couple of weeks.
PA-Type Acoustic Cloth is now available off the roll in our online shop. You can also order a sample swatch with all available colours free of shipping costs.