You can get lead shot from a Sporting Goods store that sells reloading equipment for shotguns. Check with your local store.
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If you can use steel in lieu of lead, you can get it from suppliers that supply sand blasting media. We use steel shot to treat aircraft parts and it would be a lot cheaper than 500 cans of bb's or whatever. I lot of guns now use steel shot as well due to enviornmental issues, so the lead may be hard to procure.
Good luck, John
That lead is toxic is a valid point. If you 'loose' some into your carpet, or where-ever, it is something that can harm you, your pets and your children. When you dispose of it, it is gonna be hard to get rid of (toxic, remember)
So I agree with all the alternatives as being just as good. (Especially if you ever intend to move them! Weighing 250lbs each is harder to move a few feet or even a few inches! than 60/100lbs of sand or whatever.
If you were here I would give you about 60 lb. I just took out of my stands. I have routinely added it for years; I recently heard that it degrades the sound and I did some tests, it does. Steel stands filled with lead add midrange energy that shouldn't be there. Sound is much brighter. I first put my Spendor S100s on the Sound Anchor stands made for them and filled with shot. Effect as I described. Put them on a Mapleshade Quadrapier[discontinued conventional stand made of maple] stand with cones pointed upward and the effect disappeared. I have just resumed being a VPI dealer and ordered a TNT stand. When it got here I put 40 to 50 lb. of shot in it as they instructed. Had trouble with Scoutmaster being too bright even though it was on a 24x18x3 maple block resting on cones on top of the stand. Ordered a Star Sound turntable shelf for their rack I already had and moved the table and block to it and the sound relaxed and sounded more like music. I invite others to try similar tests and see what they think, but for me, no more lead. the VPI rings when you tap it so I am going to try something else Star makes, very small STEEL bearings. When I became a dealer for them they told me to try it but it is fairly expensive and I had always used lead and VPI recommended lead so I didn't. If the Star stuff works I'll send Harry some and see what he thinks. Meanwhile, get the lead out and see what you think.
When I built my horn cabinets I used playground sand from Home Depot because it is a lot cheaper and readily available. 250 lbs in each cabinet. Figure up what that would cost using lead.
I would suspect the more logical and less emotional reason AA stopped carrying lead shot is because the shipping, especially just a few months ago, was outrageous. I doubt they sold enough to justify keeping the inventory. Personally, I'd be more worried about those mercury vapor light bulbs folks are putting in their homes. Breaking one of those creates a toxic hazard cleanup. You can't even through them away, well not legally anyway.
Actually, the federal government imposed a max the Post Office could charge for shipping lead. I believe it is 8.00 per 50#. If I were filling big cabinets I would/do use free used wheel weights. Most places are happy to get rid of it rather than paying for it's disposal. Lead, having such high mass, takes a fraction of the space.
Finding a local gun or trap and skeet club might solve all your problems... if you have to get lead.
Bob at sound Anchor says other things will do just as well, be less of an issue obtaining and disposing of, while being both cheaper and safer. Cat litter or sugar sand do work. A few tubes of silicone & latex caulking being applied alternatively and left to set up before applying the next amount, could work too.
Its not gonna hurt anyone inside a stand.
Smoking cigs. never hurt anybody either.
Eating garbage foods (BK, McD, Red Meats in excess) never hurt anybody.
Go ahead and use lead in your own home but don't tell others it will not hurt anyone when used inside a stand.
Do peaople still eat garbage, smoke, drink in excess, do drugs etc...It's not going to hurt anyone....? Real deep thinking.
Krell1- For disposal I would look to a metal recycler, otherwise you are talking hazardous waste! One of the reasons to use steel or a substitute. Since the lead shot is 100% lead and the action levels are in the parts/billion range, you can see that even a v small amount of dust generated from pouring/handling can contaminate a large area, and one pellet ingested by a child or animal can cause acute poisoning.
Lead shot was banned years ago for waterfowl hunting because it was being ingested by birds in the marshes. It's still allowed for upland hunting.
Because of the ban other non-toxic shot were introduced, the primary one being steel but there are others. If you want shot for your speaker stands seek out these other non-toxic materials. Any shotgun reloading supplier should have them. Because of weight and cost of shipping I would try to find a local source.
They come in different sizes, the higher the number the smaller (9, 8, 7 1/2, 6 etc.).
You should only use lead if you're into heavy metal 8^).