Bill Legall-MillerSound speaker driver repair


I just wanted to share a wonderful experience I had with Bill Legall from Millersound with everyone.

I had purchased a pair of pretty rare, no longer made, (the company is gone) full range, single driver speakers from a guy and knew going in that he had damaged one of the drivers by hooking up an amp that was emitting a little bit of DC in one channel. Needless to say, it completely froze the driver solid.

I was told that these weren’t repairable and were really designed to be replaced and not repaired. Enter Bill and Millersound. I told him what happened and he said he could surely fix it, but it might not a “perfectionist” job because of the custom nature of the driver. I told him that knowing his reputation, they would probably be as close to perfect as possible.

Well, I just got the driver back and I was wrong. This thing IS PERFECT! I mean you can’t tell it from the other original driver and it sounds SUPERB!!

I, (along with several others) have recommended Bill many times here on this forum, but I have never needed his services, until now. Man, am I glad I took my own advice. If anyone needs a speaker repaired I give Bill and Millersound my highest recommendation.

He has my business forever…
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+1 More for Bill Legall. Aside from being thought of as the best in the industry he is one of the nicest guys I have ever dealt with. If you haven't done so already check out the article about him on sixmoons.
I had a similarly fabulous experience with Bill some years ago, and for a remarkably modest price. As stated by 6moons reviewers in a quotation appearing at Bill's website, he is "considered the equivalent of a national treasure by those who do business with him."

Best,
-- Al
Great post Mofi! I am fortunate enough to have Bill living close by (30 minute ride), should I ever need him. Even though I have never used his services yet, it does give me peace of mind knowing that someone so talented lives so close to me.

Cheers,
John
Another +1 for Bill Legall. Again, one of the nicest guys you could ever meet aside from his business practices. The guy just loves people and helping them, that's his real satisfaction. You have to meet him to know how true this is. His competance in what he does in his business and his fairness in dealing with people is just top shelf and a model for any business. We're fortunate to have him in this industry.
I'm glad I came across this thread, I need an old pair of ProAc Response 2s re-coned because of foam ring rot. I don't want to pay $1000+ for replacement woofers. I'm going to contact Bill ASAP!

Thanks!
Rod
Too funny I just posted about Bill on your other thread.
mofi-

Many Thanks! for sharing your experience. It is imperative to share both
positive & negative stories when dealing w/ these companies.
Happy Listening!
Have also used Bill at Miller Sound to repair some midrange drivers - excellent job and super fast turnaround, highly recommended


Good Listening


Peter
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+10 for Bill, he fixed the woofer on my beloved Paisley AE-500's.  He's a national treasure, thankfully, he lives close by :)
Bill will not deal with the business of shipping speakers. He will work on your speakers only if you drop them off and pick them up.
He will work on your speakers only if you drop them off and pick them up.
What most people do is pull out the bad driver, (woofer, midrange, tweeter) and ship the driver only.  He does provide return shipping on the driver(s).
Yes, he does that, though he doesn't work with tweeters. I asked him if he would replace the capacitors and maybe do some upgrades, but unfortunately I live far from his location. I understand him, but this is not world class service at all.
Let us know when you find someone who offers this 'world class service' for you inna.
Jmcgrogan2, I sure will. But I am not in a hurry, I may actually never do it. The speakers are 17 years old so I thought why not? But for now they sound like the day I got them used, only better because the rest of my system is much better now.
  • I have had a pair of New Large Advent Utility Loudspeakers since I got them as a High School graduation present in 1978 ($148 the pair at Tech Hifi on sale). They have been sitting in my den, deteriorating, for about 25 years.  I decided to drop them off for restoration at Millersound.

    I could not be happier with the results. For about $125, Bill re-foamed the woofers, cleaned the tweeter level switches, repaired some of the vinyl veneer that was peeling or chipped, and patched up a rip in one of the grills.

    They look much better than before, and sound really good. Hearing them working so well brought back memories of when I first had a decent stereo in my room. Bill is really easy to deal with, and the turn around time for the repair was just one week.

    These are not in my big rig, but they have a lot of sentimental value to me, so I am really happy that they have been restored and now work very well.

    I highly recommend MillerSound for speaker restoration services.

    I am not affiliated in any way with MillerSound, other than being a customer. 
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With all the amazing feedback on here about Millersound, I decided to send off, for the first time ever, some speakers to be repaired--Infinity Kappa Polydomes. 
Communications were odd right from the get-go. A few different people answers Mr. Legalls email and you never know who you are going to get. They generally don't seem to like to answer questions. 

I sent my polydomes in and got confirmation they were received. I did get notification when they were shipped out.
Upon opening and then unwrapping my first polydome, the plastic mount plate was obviously cracked at the edge. I was shocked and saddened. 
I sent some mildly emotional emails over the weekend and received some very odd and even childish replies. Mr. Legall admitted in one email that he noticed something wrong with the mount plate while he was working on it--a depression or chip--but did not contact me in seeing this damage. It is very possible the mount plates were damaged in my shipping to MillerSound and putting a claim in with UPS would have been helpful at that point. They had previously warned me not to purchase domes from eBay and have them sent directly to them just in case something like this happened. The domes I sent were mine, were in fine shape and only needed that yellowed dome material replaced. There where no other problems with the drivers. 
This is the last email i received from Mr. Legall:

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, 4:34 PM, William Legall <#####@aol.com> wrote:
It had the tiniest, almost invisible chip on the rear edge.
ABSOLUTELY NO CRACKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I AM DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I could post a photo here you would see that the mount plate edge and a bit up into the face has a near 2 inch long crack, no more than 1/4 inch wide and has completely broken off of the edge of the mount plate. I sent them pictures.
One of the Mr. Legalls business associates, who also answers Mr. Legalls emails, told me to put a claim in with UPS and said no more. This is totally not helpful as the damage most likely occurred when i sent it to them, was not noted by them and was most likely exacerbated during repackaging and shipment to me. Their packaging has no damage, but with a hairline crack (or whatever Mr. Legall saw) could have become a full-on broken piece while bouncing around a bit during return shipping. 
I don't know what to do now. I have more domes I'd like repaired and I just can't believe this is how a group of professional audio repair specialists run their business and/or client communication. I have tried calling but have not gotten through.
It seems like Mr. Legall is 'protected' by a few people at MillerSound, not sure why, but I have received some very peculiar emails.
The community's advice is sought. 
Thanks,Brett
www.brettmc.com
I think this is the first negative about Bill that I have ever read?  Sorry you had trouble.  I learned many years ago in this business, that there are always two sides to every story.  Just saying.

You linked to your own website above.  Couldn't you add a few pics of the drivers under the "Photography" heading for a few days then just delete them?  That way we could see the damage.