I have a pair of Snell Type E Series II speakers that I've owned since the late 1980's. I owned about a dozen pair of other brands prior to these.\n\nThe main selling point was their sound - I've never wanted to look for anything else once I purchased these. A secondary factor was the fact that each speaker assembly is hand-tuned to within 0.5 db of a reference speaker assembly.\n\nUnfortunately, they have succumbed to surround foam rot. So I seek input from the forum members and hope that you will answer some questions for me?\n\n1.) Snell recommends against refoaming the woofers. They say that it will not return them to the original performance and will disturb the hand-tuning that was performed at the factory. Their suggestion: buy new replacement woofers (which will include new inductors to modify the crossover so it will match the reference speaker once again) from them. The cost: $186.00 per woofer. Has anyone had experience refoaming the woofers (or having them refoamed)? How was the sound, compared to when they were original?\n\n2.) I'm skeptical that merely replacing the surrounds (provided that they are the correct type and are installed properly) would affect the speaker's response that greatly. Does anyone have any input on this?\n\n3.) Another option (instead of refoaming) would be to replace the woofers with non-Snell replacement drivers. Would it be possible to install after-market woofers and restore the sound to the original? How do I determine suitable replacements? How would I choose which replacement to purchase and install?\n\nI retired early due to health issues and do not have a large budget with which to work. I would like to spend as little as would be required, but without compromising their sound.\nAny suggestions or input will be greatly appreciated.