Area 51 - The Briefing

The rarest of rare Quad items are on offer on this page. Something to which very few Quad enthusiasts ever thought they would have access. The original Quad diaphragm coating material, amongst a other rare materials. No, not my DIY recipe, excellent though it is. No, not ELVAMIDE, although that's very good and available here too! Nope - CALATON CB® - The original soluble Nylon coating used by Quad in the original Quad electrostatic.

Tensilised P.E.T. Film! 6-micron! Re-build exactly like the original!! (Here) After a two year search for a speaker diaphragm film that is as close as possible to the original tensilised mylar used by Quad in the original Treble Panels, we have been able to source (made-to-order ) some 6-micron tensilised PET that meets the exact specification required. Stays put, holds high tensions, and is relatively easy to handle.

Bass Panel Film !! We can now offer a very close replacement for the Bass Panel Diaphragm film also. It is very hard to find a 12 micron PVC that has similar properties to the original Quad bass panel film (not just any old PVC will do - do try some others!!!), but after a long search, we have found some. This material is now listed below in the Bass Panel Materials Section.

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(N.B. None of the materials herein shown is suitable for the Quad 63 or later models) Please note that you can specify multiples of any item (e.g. 8 x capacitors) once you have clicked the PayPal button and have the shopping cart on screen.

Area 51 Materials

Elvamide (10 grams) $25.00
Elvamide (10 grams)

You can make enough diaphragm coating from this amount of ELVAMIDE® to coat about 6 treble panels and about 5 bass panels. Full instructions on how to use this material are supplied along with the material.
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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CALATON CB (5 grams) $80.00
CALATON CB (5 grams)

You can make enough diaphragm coating from this amount of CALATON CB® to coat about 2 treble panels and about 4 bass panels with a small margin for errors. Full instructions on how to use this material are supplied along with the material.
This material is very, very rare olde stock, and once sold is gone forever!
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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Treble Panel Film (3 metres) $35.00
Treble Panel Film (3 metres)

3 metres, 400 mm wide, 6 micron TENSILISED PET film
You can now build a precise, reliable replacement for your treble panel diaphragm, and the treble panel dust covers. No more need to use 12 micron material in this critical application. This is a durable, tested material. 3 metres will allow you to construct one treble panel diaphragm and the two matching dust covers in material equal to the thickness of the original used by Quad. This film is the closest to the original tensilised Mylar that Quad used and is a special 'made to order' film, just for this application. They say you can't hear a difference between 6 and 12 micron - want to bet!!! (Full instructions included)

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Treble Panel Film (6 metres) $55.00
Treble Panel Film (6 metres)

6 metres, 400 mm wide, 6 micron TENSILISED PET Film.
You can now build a precise, reliable replacement for your treble panel diaphragm, and the treble panel dust covers. No more need to use 12 micron material in this critical application. This is a durable, tested material. Six (6) metres will allow you to construct two treble panel diaphragms and the four matching dust covers in material equal to the thickness of the original used by Quad and tensilised exactly the same as the original Quad diaphragm film. This film is the closest to the original tensilised Mylar that Quad used, and is a special 'made to order' film, just for this application. They say you can't hear a difference between 6 and 12 micron film - want a bet!!! (Full instructions included)
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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Pre-Coated Treble Panel Diaphragm (Calaton) $60.00
Pre-Coated Treble Panel Diaphragm (Calaton)

Treble Panel Diaphragm, 6-micron
Tensilised
PET (pre-coated both sides) and ready to mount in panel. Original CALATON® coating. (Full instructions included)
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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Pre-Coated Treble Panel Diaphragm (Elvamide) $45.00
Pre-Coated Treble Panel Diaphragm (Elvamide)

Treble Panel Diaphragms, 6-micron
Tensilised
PET (pre-coated both sides) and ready to mount, using ELVAMIDE® coating. (Full instructions included)
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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Treble Panel Kit $65.00
Treble Panel Kit

Treble Panel Kit!
Includes 6 metres of 6 micron tensilised PET film and 10 grams of ELVAMIDE. Save on individually priced items listed above.
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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The WORKS Kit! $125.00
The WORKS Kit!

SAVE! The WORKS KIT!
Includes 6 metres of 6 micron tensilised PET film, 10 grams of ELVAMIDE, 4 metres PVC for Bass Panel Diaphragms and 10 metres 12 micron Dust Cover Material. Less than the price of the individual items listed here, and ideal if you are doing a complete rebuild.
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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Bass Diaphragm Film (2 metres) $27.00
Bass Diaphragm Film (2 metres)

2 metres 12 micron PVC
This is a very close match to the original 12 micron film used by Quad in the original bass panel. 2 metres is sufficient for you to build 2 bass panel diaphragms. This material is 450 mm wide, which is more than the width of a bass panel with enough width "over" to work with at each side. (e.g. 2 x 1m x 450mm pieces)(Full instructions included)
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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Bass Diaphragm Film (4 metres) $42.00
Bass Diaphragm Film (4 metres)

4 metres 12 micron PVC
This is a very close match to the original 12 micron film used by Quad in the original bass panel. 4 metres is sufficient for you to build 4 bass panel diaphragms. This material is 450 mm wide, which is more than the width of a bass panel with enough width "over" to work with at each side. (e.g. 4 x 1m x 450mm pieces) (Full instructions included)
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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Bass Panel Dust Cover Film (5 metres) $30.00
Bass Panel Dust Cover Film (5 metres)

5 metres Heat Shrink , 12 micron, 400mm wide, heat shrinkable film for bass panel dust covers. You can construct 4 or 5 dust covers with 5 metres of material, and it's more easily handled and shrunk than Mylar film and less expensive per metre. Available only in these quantities for now. Material is identical to original material used on Quad Bass Panel Dust Covers. (Full instructions included)
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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Bass Panel Dust Cover Film (10 metres) $45.00
Bass Panel Dust Cover Film (10 metres)

10 metres Heat Shrink , 12 micron, 400mm wide, heat shrinkable film for bass panel dust covers. You can construct 8 or 9 dust covers with 10 metres of this material, and it's more easily handled and shrunk than Mylar film and less expensive per metre. Available only in these quantities for now. Material is identical to original material used on Quad Bass Panel Dust Covers. (Full instructions included)
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)(See FAQ about this material)

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Ceramic Capacitors $3.50
Ceramic Capacitors

3kV Capacitors, 0.01m F.
Perfect for rebuilding EHT supplies in the original Quad. You need 8 of these for each EHT block that you want to rebuild. So, two complete capacitor sets for one pair of speakers means you need 16 capacitors in all. These will outlast the marginal 2kV types used as standard fitting and give you a better 6kV performance - a stiffer supply to the bass panels.
(N.B. Only suitable for original Quad ESL, not Quad 63 or later)

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