I inherited a pair of vintage floor standing AR-9s that must be at least 25 years old. When I got them the foam around the woofers and mid-ranges was all crumbled away so I re-foamed them with materials from Newfoam. However, they still crackle a bit at the high end and there's noticeable distortion if I listen closely enough. Hey, they're 25 years old. So I'm left with a tough decision since I've been using them as my front speakers. Do I try and refurb them for an unknown cost? Or do I replace them with something new, which in the price range I'm looking at, and based on testimony I've read here, would be something like the Axiom m22TI paired with a VP150 center, or the Rocket ELT CSEs paired with a the RSC100 MKII. (Right now I'm using a friend's unwanted Cambridge Center Stage center and Cambridge dual bipole/diploe surrounds). I use my sound system for home theater first, music second, and my living room is 20x25, carpeted, with 9 ft ceilings. Am I crazy to think of trading in these giant towers for bookshelf speakers? So if I buy new, what are the AR-9's worth if I try to sell them and is there a better place than eBay to do that? If I try to refurbish the speakers, is there any way offhand to estimate what would it cost? I live in the Washington DC area and I don't even know where I would take them for service -- they are about five feet high and really heavy so shipping them would be a real problem. Any ideas?