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Old 4th July 2014, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default Anyone in east Tennessee?

Hello there folks,
I am a newb here but I was hoping to maybe interface with some folks in my area that are into building their own audio equipment. I see there is a club in Atlanta but that is about a three hour drive one way for me. Is there anyone in the Knoxville or chattanooga area that is into this kinda thing? I would love to chat about some ideas and maybe enjoy seeing some other peoples systems performing in person. Thanks and peace

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Old 4th July 2014, 05:03 AM   #2
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Hi Pete. Welcome! I'm in Chattanooga. Been a member for about 5 years. I grew up in New Market, went to UTK, and have lived in Chatt for about 30 years. So far, I've met no other audio builders around these parts. Where are you?

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Old 4th July 2014, 05:15 AM   #3
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Hi Pete. Welcome! I'm in Chattanooga. Been a member for about 5 years. I grew up in New Market, went to UTK, and have lived in Chatt for about 30 years. So far, I've met no other audio builders around these parts. Where are you?

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freeman
Thanks for the warm welcome. Actually I am in Maryville. I am just a newb here but I am definitely hooked on the idea of building some sweet system. I am not entirely sure which route I will go so far but I am very interested in the BLH styles and some single ended tube amps. I am not sure exactly what is the best bang for the buck but I am open to any and all suggestions. I have been a professional Cabinet builder for many years now and hope to be able to use my skills to come up with something both functional and beautiful. I also have some Commercial CNC equipment I may be able to utilize for this. I posted here hoping that there might be some locals that are into building their own systems.

Right now I am and have been using my years old Denon receiver and some KEF mains. My Denon CD player is getting old and giving me fits currently. I have an M and K sub but the amp has gone south in it. This is one of the things I want to do is figure out how to build a new amp for this thing or perhaps a way to repair the original one. It is nothing earth shattering but I had grown accustomed to having it filling out the bottom end. If I do decide to build a full range system with tube amps I understand that sometimes the low end can be lacking a tad bit so it will probably come in handy for that. At least until I can get around to building a better one. It sure is nice to see all the beautiful custom stuff people are doing here. I am used to building a lot of high end stuff mostly precision airguns and things I normally could not afford. Knowing that it is possible to build an audiophile level system for a reasonable price in my shop with my own hands and using quality components sourced around the world sounds just up my alley.

I sometimes make it down to Atlanta to shoot Field Target and I am working on another FT rifle so once it is completed I should be able to travel and shoot down there at one of a couple different venues. Perhaps we could get together and talk speakers and amps. What kind of system have you built? I am hoping to speak to folks that have some direct knowledge of this kind of thing. Nice to meet you. peace

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Old 4th July 2014, 07:11 AM   #4
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Pete,
I consider myself a newbie as well. I've had some industrial electronic training and mainly know the rudiments of power supplies. I built a dynakit in college at UT which was a tube kit and am just now getting back into music and electronics. I bought an acurus amp, marantz cdp, and signet speakers some years ago. I've built several solid state amps in the last 5 years and all better the acurus IMO by a long shot. My favorite amp is the p3a, a well-regarded kit by rod elliot of esp audio. In fact I've built several of his projects. I've decided to stick with solid state but there are millions of kits, designs, and support to be found on this site.

Let's keep in touch. Feel free to e-mail or pm thru this site anytime. Let me know next time you are down this way. Would be great to have you listen to my gear and get your advice.
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Old 4th July 2014, 03:36 PM   #5
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Hi Pete,
Just now discovered a new member on the intro forum from chatt, WilliamTK1974. We should put together a meet and greet sometime soon. Cheers.
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Old 4th July 2014, 05:04 PM   #6
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That sounds great man. I am glad to hear you are knowledgeable about power supplies and amps. I was an Aviation Electronics Technician when I was in the US Coast Guard. I used to be able to troubleshoot electronics to the component level but that was so long ago it feels like it was in another life LOL. I did build a couple CNC machines from scratch and my Current machine is a full blown machining center. I have been looking around and trying to decide which way I want to go. I think I definitely want a tube style amp perhaps an EL34 or A23 setup or even some monoblocks. Not sure how difficult it would be to build one never done it before. I figure I could probably machine the mounting plate on the CNC and get all the holes and pockets drilled etc. etc. Then I would just need to mount all the components and carefully solder it all up. I am used to doing some relatively technical soldering with the CNC components and connectors I have done. Some were very small and required me to use magnification to get it done and a careful hand. I think if I can find a suitable proven design with component list I can probably trudge my way thru. What I do not have as yet is a nice O-scope to test signals etc. I used to have one a long time ago and it finally died.

I have been watching youtube videos online about custom built speakers and from what I have seen the full range horns are very cool. They seem to have a lot of power and presence despite the diminutive size of the drivers used. Kinda reminds me of when we were in Disney World. There is a place near the Swiss Family Robinson tree house that has four or five large hollowed out trees (I am sure they were probably plastic or man made) but they had a long slot down the center and were painted up like african or polynesian design. They made some speakers inside them and the sounds coming from the slots was quite strong and powerful. Kind of a native chanting music. It is pretty cool and just goes to show how much the shape and size of the air passages can affect the overall sound even with low powered drivers. Anyways most of the ones I seemed to be drawn to were Fostex horns in large front ported enclosures. They both look cool and seem to sound amazing. I also like the Cheng style units with dual and single ports. These are speakers I think I could build well and also be able to stylize to look beautiful. Here is a link to one but there are quite a few like it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9VQeeUhnZ4

I really like both the looks and the sound of these from what I have seen on the videos which is the best I can do without actually seeing and hearing them in person. I am leaning toward trying to build something similar. The cost is negligible especially when compared to the sound coming out of them. I can see these in my living room at some point or even in my bedroom. Still not entirely sure how I will go with this but I like what I see there. Peace

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Old 5th July 2014, 12:09 AM   #7
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There is a number of folks around E TN that enjoy building and the audio scene in general. One of the guys is an active shooter too since I see comment of that.

Pete you should drop me your number and we should visit. I'm in your area. And a get together would always be fun. Lots of fun!!

EV3
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Old 5th July 2014, 01:16 AM   #8
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There is a number of folks around E TN that enjoy building and the audio scene in general. One of the guys is an active shooter too since I see comment of that.

Pete you should drop me your number and we should visit. I'm in your area. And a get together would always be fun. Lots of fun!!

EV3
Yeah man I am up for meeting like minded individuals always. I think I may be asking too many questions of my friend with the system down in North Georgia. I may be wearing him out with a lot of my interest. I am not experienced with this and I am just getting started here. I would LOVE to meet some of you folks who have built something like this and have made it work. I also would love to get to see what a full range custom built speaker sounds like. I am currently rebuilding the kitchen in our home so it is kind of a mess right now. Once I get this finished I am going to try to start a speaker build. I really like the looks of the back loaded horns with the Fostex and Markaudio drivers. I think some iteration of this style will be what I eventually wind up building. Honestly I have ALWAYS wanted to own a custom system with a beautiful veneered set of speakers. This may be the only way I will ever realize that dream and since I am a very experienced woodworker it just makes sense.

I am over in Maryville, Tennessee out near the Foothills parkway. Where are you hopefully close by. Peace

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Old 5th July 2014, 04:21 PM   #9
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I live in Cookeville and am an active speaker designer and builder. I have designed several mass loaded transmission line speakers which may be of interest. Feel free to contact me.

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Old 6th July 2014, 02:28 AM   #10
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Default Jim...

Thanks for the kind offer my friend. I may just take you up on that. At this point I am just really trying to decide what is best for my needs. I really like the looks of the full range driver based Back loaded horns. There are some cool designs for them and they seem to really put out a ton of sound. I would be interested in hearing about your systems as well.

Right now I am in the middle of tearing apart my kitchen to refinish and rejuvenate the cabinets. I am hoping to have it done by the end of this coming week or perhaps a little later. Once I get that done I should be in a position to work on a custom speaker design. I really like the Markaudio drivers and fostex drivers too. Not sure which to go with but I hear great things about the Markaudio ones. Just gotta decide on an enclosure design and try to build something that works great and looks beautiful. These will be going in my living room. I would like to also take this denon receiver I have here and get a nice new CD player for it and a means to get my cellphone adapted to it and stick it all in my master bedroom and build some beautiful quality smaller footprint cabinets for that room to enjoy sound with as well. All in good time my friend. Nice to meet you are honestly Crossville is not all that far away. Very pleased to hear that there are locals nearby with direct knowledge I maybe can perhaps rely on for ideas and information. Peace

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