Thiel CS3 Without The EQ

So what's the word on CS3's without the factory eq?
I can get a really good deal on a local pair but the guy doesn't have the eq. I don't want to have to go looking for it. Are they crap without it?
If they would sound good without is there anything in particular I should check closely for be aware of? Do they have rubber surrounds?
Any other thoughts on these would also be appreciated.
With the EQ they are capable of outstanding bass, without not so much. Considering their age the 3's show up fairly often, especially on e-bay for very reasonable prices. Without the EQ I'd pass.
I would as well, given Unsound's point about these showing up every now fairly often. I owned the CS3s for a while, and without the EQ they sounded about the same as the CS2s that I passed over to get the 3's. The EQ was always criticized in the rags, but I felt that the extra bass extension was worth the slight degradation of the sound caused by the EQ's circuitry, and there were aftermarket modifiers who could improve on it if you really wanted to.
Thanks guys.
Do you ever see just the eq for sale and if so what should I pay for it.
Thanks again.
I haven't seen any for years, not since the days of the Audiomart magazine, when they would occasionally show up. In stock form they should command very little, I'd think (a JPS Labs "Golden Flute" modded box might be a little more). I think Unsound's suggestion of checking ebay for the speaker with equalizer is a good one.
The EQ's show up on e-bay every once in a while, figure roughly about $100-125. Even then I'd suggest you have it shipped to Thiel for an overhaul. If you were to go that route, I wouldn't let the worry of a few dollars of overpayment get in your way. These are old units and it might take several months for another to appear. Odd thing is they seem to show up in bunches, but, I wouldn't count on that. Furthermore, if there's a choice, consider spending more on the cleaner lookin one. FWIW, when Thiel still had new replacement EQ's for the 3.5's, they were asking $600 each for them.
Here might be a way to get the EQ and then some:

I have no relationship with the seller and I am not endorsing the product for sale or the seller.
I had the same problem,so I called Thiel. They told to just use a normal 12 band Eq and set everything flat except any below 50K. It was amazing and you can then tweek the highs and mids to your liking. The bass really came alive.

Regards Pete
50K or 50 Hz? Quite a difference! I presume you meant the latter.
How about using a good subwoofer instead of an equalizer? Any experiences with using a subwoofer with CS3 or CS3.5?
With the 3.5's you can cut the boost to 42 Hz, which can work quite well for use with sub-woofers. Of course if you can do without the sheer extra volume subs offer, the EQ'd sub-less bass is just as deep as most sub-woofers (and deeper than many).
Without EQ you'll need subs capable of working beyond "sub" up to about 70 Hz. Not an are where subs typically do their best work.