How remove grill in 20 year old Paradigm Atoms?

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  1. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Chicago
    They have developed a rumble/distortion in the bass. I assume I need to redo the foam on the woofer. But I can not figure out how to get the grill off. On the back there are six screws. I would rather not remove the screws unless I have to.

    I got the pair off craiglist a year ago. They say "Reference Series" on the front. I believe they are the Atom model since they are very small, maybe 8" tall.
     
  2. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    I have a pair that I just dumpstered because the woofer surround in one finally went; mine were about the same age as yours. The only way to do it is to remove the back and remove the woofers from the rear. Given their age and the trouble involved it didn't seem worth it to me (at 20 years for an inexpensive speaker they didn't owe me anything) but YMMV.

    John K.
     
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  3. vinyl_puppy

    vinyl_puppy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Santa Rosa, CA
    My Titans are about the same age as your Atoms and the design is similar, non-removable grill and 6 screws in back to access the drivers which, like you, I had to refoam the woofers. I still use them with my old Marantz receiver. It's worth it to redo the foam. $25 for a kit from Simply Speakers if you so desire to fix them.

    Edit. I missed the part about Reference on the grill. The Atoms weren't in the Reference line of Paradigm speakers.
     
  4. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Chicago
    Thanks, I removed the six screws on the back but can't pull the back cover off. It seems pressfit . I tried using a small screw driver to wedge it out, but the outer cabinet started to crack. So I stopped that. Any other ideas? Here's a picture I found :

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  5. Alan G.

    Alan G. Well-Known Member

    I found a thrift pair of Atoms (v.1) with rotten foam surrounds, using a putty knife to carefully pry the back off. My first re-foaming job with new foam from Simply Speakers, it was pretty easy and very rewarding.
     
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  6. SquishySounds

    SquishySounds Well-Known Member

    Location:
    New York
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    Atom’s were my first speakers that didn’t come boxed with a receiver. The grill isn’t meant to be removable.
     
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  7. thegage

    thegage Forum Currency Nerd

    Yup, that's your only access point. I can't remember if my backs were glued or not.

    John K.
     
  8. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Chicago
    I tried using a plastic putty knife but these backs seem firmly in place. I have already damaged the thin outer case . I am tempted to throw in the towel and buy another pair off Craigslist or ebay. Seems there are newer versions of these model. Do they sound better than V1 which I have? I really like their sound. I have compared them to NHT Superone, PSB Alpha and they are by far the winner. I nice bright sound that I like.
     
  9. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Forum Resident

    They're not glued. Try grasping the port hole as a "handle" and smack around the rear/back of the cabinet with the palm of your other hand. I have a lot of speakers and I kept these after I refoamed them because they sound great. I bought them new when I was a Paradigm sales agent back in the 90's.
     
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  10. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southern US
    Maybe bend a coat hanger at the tip and put in the port till you hook the back and pull.
     
  11. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Chicago
    I have given up on these and bought a pair for $60 ( inc. shipping ) off ebay! I'll keep my broken speaker for parts I guess.
     
  12. DangerousKitchen

    DangerousKitchen Forum Resident

    Nice! As long as the surrounds are good, you're golden!
     
  13. head_unit

    head_unit Forum Resident

    Location:
    Los Angeles CA USA
    I have a Sawzall you can borrow ;)

    [Bonus answer #2: Pull. Pull harder. Now pull EVEN HARDER.
    Glad to be of help to you! :D
     
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  14. slovell

    slovell Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chesnee, SC, USA
    Never underestimate the power of a sawzall. :unhunh:
     

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