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  1. Peter Ward

    System #499 (Ascent)

    I thought I would update this since I'm here. I now have a Hana ML in place of the Benz SL. It's a great cartridge, better than the Benz while being cheaper, so I think it's good value.
  2. Peter Ward

    Failure mode of Ascent panels?

    I'd like to ask a quick question about panel failure. My Ascents are now 23 years old according to the serial number checker and I'm pretty sure one of the panels is slowly failing - it's gone quieter than the other one. So my question is, when a panel fails does it fail open circuit or closed...
  3. Peter Ward

    Dampening loudspeaker (woofer) frame

    I used Deflex on the cone-facing surfaces of the woofer baskets in my previous speakers to reduce reflections. I felt this worked well. Perhaps part of it was a damping effect too. But as you say, it's quick, doesn't damage anything and it's reversible if you don't like it.
  4. Peter Ward

    Considering buying ML Ascents?

    I have a pair of the original Ascents I purchased SH about 5 years ago. They've performed without problems. When I purchased them I removed the panels and showered them as some on here recommend, but I've not done anything else to them. I use them with original Townshend Isolda cable from a...
  5. Peter Ward

    One Ascent gone quieter. Anyone heard of this before?

    You're not going to believe this... I've messed up royally here. After doing a dozen tests I got myself really confused. And I had that nagging feeling in my head. So this morning I did 2 tests and wrote everything down -- what I should have done from the start of course. By swapping the two...
  6. Peter Ward

    One Ascent gone quieter. Anyone heard of this before?

    Sadly you're right I've spent several days on this. I've washed the second panel, swapped panels between speakers, swapped speaker cables between left and right... I think it's come down to the panel, not least because it's ok when I stand up. A new pair of panels is £1950 from Absolute Sounds...
  7. Peter Ward

    One Ascent gone quieter. Anyone heard of this before?

    Thank you! So it may be the panel anyway. Of course, that would make sense since it's the sensitive bit. I'll try switching them around and see. It'll be a few days before I can get to it, but I'll report back :).
  8. Peter Ward

    One Ascent gone quieter. Anyone heard of this before?

    Thanks, C.A.P. I tried swapping the speaker cables. I even swapped over the speakers left to right just to check. It's definitely the speaker. I showered the panel in case it was just dirty, but I don't think it's the panel because the central image stays in the same place for sweeps from 20Hz...
  9. Peter Ward

    One Ascent gone quieter. Anyone heard of this before?

    Over the last few weeks one of my Ascents has dropped in volume. I don't know the amount but I would say the image has moved to 2/3-1/3. I've done sweeps on the speakers and there's no difference in sound output between the panel and woofer so I don't think it's the panel. Has anyone ever heard...
  10. Peter Ward

    System #499 (Ascent)

    1. Member Name: Peter Ward 2. Location: near Warwick, UK 3. ML Model(s): Ascent 4. Year Purchased: 2013 5. Mods/Changes: Foam damping on slope behind stator and in front of electronics in the cabinet, Cardas jumper plates, supported on 1 Stillpoint plus 2 Black Ravioli on marble plinth on...
  11. Peter Ward

    Shape of Ascent panels, and wrinkles

    I was away last week so took the opportunity to switch them off before I went. Last night when I returned I removed the panels and reshaped them. I cut out a pattern based on the shape at the top and replicated it at the bottom of each. I reformed them over my knee, and was surprised at how...
  12. Peter Ward

    Shape of Ascent panels, and wrinkles

    thanks for your thoughts, Tosh. I'll have to power them down again, take them apart and see if I can gently reintroduce the curvature at the bottom of the panels. While it's true that the rails force the panels to keep a maximum width, on the Ascents at least the tolerance is quite large.
  13. Peter Ward

    Shape of Ascent panels, and wrinkles

    Pics of my Ascents Sorry about the delay. I obviously put my post in the wrong place and then wasn't informed when it had replies. Here are some pictures: It's hard to get the wrinkles on a photo but hopefully you get the idea.
  14. Peter Ward

    Shape of Ascent panels, and wrinkles

    I recently purchased a pair of Ascents s/h. I'm enjoying getting used to them, and have added a couple of tweaks so far: absorbent foam tiles on the sloping part immediately behind the panels, and the same in front of the crossovers inside the woofer enclosures. I've also given the panels a...
  15. Peter Ward

    Martin Logan Shower Cleaning PDF

    My Ascent experience.... 1. Remove the 3 screws that remove the cover for the wires that run to the panel, and unfasten the bullet connectors (this was particularly painful) 2. Remove all 5 screws from each side of the panel, plus the 3 each side that remove the wood trim 3. Gently separate the...
  16. Peter Ward

    ML newbie

    Thanks, guys! Yes, I don't really expect Ascents to be as dynamic as my Forte IIs with upgraded crossovers and Ti diaphragms. But it's interesting to get a different perspective, and with judicious amendments things may improve. I look forward to living with them and getting deeper into their...
  17. Peter Ward

    ML newbie

    Hello everyone! After years of horns (Lowther, Klipsch), I've decided to try living with electrostatics. I was fortunate to get a pair of Ascents for a good price. I'm using them with a Lavardin IT amp which seems powerful enough and able to handle the low impedance at high frequencies so...
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