I would have posted this on one of the audio newsgroups, but I didn't want to get into discussions about Monster cables and other such crap.
I have an auto stereo speaker mounted in the driver's door with a broken cone suspension. Its a 6" diameter, full range, 4 ohm, inverted cone unit rated at 20 Watts. I just pulled it out yesterday (which required a significant amount of door disassembly), so I haven't checked with the dealer (Toyota) for their price. I took it around to a couple of the local car audio places and nobody there has ever seen an inverted cone speaker before. Nor do they have a shallow speaker which will fit (about1.25" deep). In anticipation for an outlandish price from the dealer, I'm doing a little research first.
Does anybody have any good leads on sources for inverted cone or other shallow construction speakers?
There's one other approach I can take. There is a small shop nearby that does speaker repair, re-coning, etc. Back in the old days, some of my guitar playing friends used to have speakers re-coned (a little too frequently for the good of their hearing IMHO) and this was an economical alternative to buying new speakers. But these were several hundred dollars apiece (per 'driver', not the entire enclosure) back in the 1980s. I'm guessing that my speaker is equivalent to something on the order of $50 to $100 a pair in a standard configuration (deep cone). What sorts of experience do you folks have with speaker reconditioning?