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post #1 of 17 Old 12-25-2018, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Iíve been building custom speakers for some time. Itís a spin off of my audiophile addiction. I focus 100% of my effort on the cabinetry. I let other professionals focus on the electronics and crossover design. Some of these Iíve owned, and some were for customers. I only use unbacked veneer, and use a vacuum bag almost exclusively. Finish is typically precatlyzed lacquer.
















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You do really, really nice and clean work! When you get a minute complete your profile with location so it shows in the side panel. And you can add your first name to your signature line so it shows in each post (and website if you have one).

Show us some more - these are nice.

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Thanks for the compliments. Iím on Tapatalk right now and I canít figure out how to modify my profile. My name is Seth. My location is West Michigan.

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post #4 of 17 Old 12-25-2018, 11:51 PM
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Awesome work guy!

Those boxes put my square black laminated ones to shame! You might be interested that when I built mine, the 18" Electro Voice was "the" one to have. My subwoofers are monsters and the 15" midrange stacks on top. Then there's and array of 3 University high frequency tweeters on top of that. Sounded pretty good for 25 years ago. Now, I can barely hear the tea kettle's whistle.

Beautiful workmanship and attention to detail. Glad to see someone carrying on the Audiophile tradition.

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Gorgeous work!

I was thinking too about my old Pioneer 5 way 6 speakers. That was 40 years ago! Connected to a Sansui 9090 receiver!
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Those are really nice, Seth! We'd love to see your process with vacuum bag, how you shape the substrate, etc. Are you using HVLP to spray the pre cat lacquer?

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Very pretty. Chicken or egg question: Do you choose the drivers to work with an enclosure design, or design an enclosure for specific drivers?

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Very pretty. Chicken or egg question: Do you choose the drivers to work with an enclosure design, or design an enclosure for specific drivers?


Always choose drivers first then design the cabinet and crossover around them.


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Seth, I bet you are doing well selling your custom speakers. With quality work like you do you will always have a demand for them.

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Seth, I bet you are doing well selling your custom speakers. With quality work like you do you will always have a demand for them.


Iím busy enough now that Iím not doing much work for other people. Youíd be surprised (or maybe you wouldnít) at how little people expect to pay for custom work. Iíve realized though that veneering is a niche that not many folks decide to play in.

What I find interesting is the super fine detail work that is veneering, and then switching gears and doing something like the garden shed I also posted. Each requires a different type of thinking.


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Tidy!

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Very nice


On a side note, one time at a place I worked when somebody found out I did wood work they would ask me to build some speakers for them. It became an omen, every person that would ask me to build them would end up getting fired shortly there after


It got to the point when some one would ask me about wood working I would tell them before anything else, don't ask me to build any speakers for you if you like working here LOL
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Wut?

Seriously beautiful work.
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Your speaker cabinets almost seem alive...Kinda standing there, leaning back as they speak...almost expecting them to animate. Awesome artistry, thanks for posting.

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very nice, if they sound as good as they look, you got real winners!
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Your 3rd pic down (the tiny one) is about the shape of a set of speakers I'd like to make some day. Beautiful cabinets are one thing, but what speakers do you use in them? I have a set of B&W 601 S3 and love them. Always having to say the name twice to folks, no not BMW, B&W!
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oh, and by the way - your veneer skills are exceptional! love the "flow" you create, and your seams are very tight. but, just as much craftsmanship starts at the substrate/construction phase. you did it all!
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