Repairing Foam Surrounds


682-231-2099 e-mail - Info@Tobyspeakers.com
March 21, 2013
Foam: The flexible part of a speaker that joins the cone to the basket is called a surround. When the  
surround is made of foam rubber, it will rot, even when it's not played. Sunlight, ozone, and humidity  are 
major contributors, but we have seen thousands of foam edges rot, even in sealed cartons in our  attic. 
Rubber: If the speaker is in good condition, other than the surround, we recommend replacing the foam  
surround with rubber. This is a somewhat delicate operation requiring 2 or 3 days in our shop. A good  
rubber edge will have lower coloration and distortion than foam, and in home applications will last 
Match: We think it's a good idea to mend an otherwise good speaker, because that speaker should have  
the parameters that cause it to operate the way the engineer planned it. It should match in three  ways. 1. 
Ideally, the woofer will match the cabinet size and type for the best bass response. 2. It  will have the 
impedance characteristics that match the crossover components. [and] 3. It will have the  efficiency and 
natural frequency characteristics that complement the other speaker(s) in the cabinet. 
Driver Replacement: If your speaker has other problems, like a burned voice coil, we will try to find  one 
of our stock drivers that will match yours as closely as possible. We will use computer  measurements, if 
appropriate, to achieve this match. 
Repair Not Recommended: We will not recommend repairing a speaker that has various flaws--a thin, 
weak  cone, an off-center suspension, or a tiny voice coil and magnet. We will not attempt to repair most  
JBL or Cerwin-Vega speakers because their magnetic gaps are so tight that the voice coil will rub after 
the bad edge is replaced on most, but not all models. 
Cosmetics: When we replace a speaker's edge, every effort is made to keep the speaker looking good,  
but sometimes this is not possible. We have to remove, then replace, the dust cap in the center of the 
speaker cone. This gives us access to the magnetic gap, where we insert a spacer--called a shim--to be 
sure that the voice coil remains centered. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a perfect appearance when the 
job is finished. 
Failure: If we fail to make a successful repair of the speaker, usually there is no charge. If we make  a 
successful repair to a speaker's edge, then discover some other flaw, the charge is usually 1/2.  Some 
flaws cannot be detected until the speaker edge is repaired. 
Driver Inches Price Each  Price per Pair  
6.5 $65 $120  
8 $70 $130  
6x9 $75 $130  
10 $75 $140  
12 $90 $160  
15 $95 $170  



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