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Old 20th October 2012, 01:52 PM   #151
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Thanks Sippy.

We're in the painting phase now. A coat of primer, a few spots of filler, some sand paper, back to the primer. After 4 or 5 coats of primer I'm ready to go and get a can of top coat.

I will get a photo of them with the Big'un. In the meantime, here's a photo of the first MARTELLO (red) with the MARTELLO-2 and on the right there is my ALPAIR sub-woofer (an older thread on here somewhere).

MARTELLO-2, a mini-tower from a single 2' x 4'
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Old 20th October 2012, 02:39 PM   #152
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Nice "family" you are putting together!
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Old 27th October 2012, 01:13 PM   #153
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Nice "family" you are putting together!
Thanks !

Quick photo of the paint job, going for the same "colonial red" colour as before.
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Old 4th November 2012, 07:11 PM   #154
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Well, another pair of MARTELLO's are finished !
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Old 23rd November 2012, 12:48 AM   #155
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and here they are in use, a happy 'customer'
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Old 25th November 2012, 03:37 AM   #156
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Well I've spent a lot of hours with these speakers, recently driven from my Cellini tube amp, Cambridge audio phono-pre and a NAD turntable.

They beat my Moon Onken speakers based on Fostex FE127. There's simply no doubt about it, the Fostex units even though famed and larger simply pale in comparison.

I'm so impressed with the sheer musicality of these little red speakers that I am wondering if Fountek have some larger drivers that I should be exploring.

Hello, Yes Fountek has a larger fullrange driver. Its a 5 inch fullrange driver called the Fr135ex. I have never heard it. So if you buy it let me know if it's worth $102.85 each? Jm
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Old 25th November 2012, 10:41 PM   #157
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Hello, Yes Fountek has a larger fullrange driver. Its a 5 inch fullrange driver called the Fr135ex. I have never heard it. So if you buy it let me know if it's worth $102.85 each? Jm
It looks a rather nice driver to me but unfortunately I have not had a chance to hear it. With rare earth magnet, good size and construction, the price looks reasonable to me.

The FR plot looks quite reasonable - perhaps a slight concern around 8kHz where there could be a resonance going on. There's a recommended EQ filter to flatten the response here: http://www.madisound.com/pdf/FR135EX-Encl.pdf

I think I'd like to hear one of these in an ML-TL enclosure.
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Old 1st February 2014, 03:33 PM   #158
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Default First DIY Speaker build Martello w FSR8s

New to the forum, really enjoy reading all the posts. I had some small speakers hanging around and decided to try building the Martello v0.21 for my son who just moved into an apartment and has no stereo - new generation listens to everything from his phone. The amp is a Bluetooth TA2020. Haven't built the box for it yet. So, I didn't have the FR88EX drivers - only 3" were a pair of Visaton FRS-8 and a pair of TB WS-881SIs. Built up the cabinets with a few tweaks - used mitred cuts on the top and front. Still have to sand, paint and cover the speaker grills. They sound really nice to me. I used the FRS first since it seems the TB will need a NF. I also have a pair of Vifa TC7FD00-04 2.5 in drivers any suggestions for a cabinet for these?
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Old 10th February 2014, 02:11 AM   #159
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I joined this forum today and have really enjoyed reading this post - and malibujeff's build post as well. I'm building a CNC router with my father-in-law, this may be a great project to break in the new machine! Thanks for all the info!
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Welcome both of you !

My Martello's are still in daily use - I like them a lot. We will look forward to seeing some photos from your CNC DloKs.

Bknabe - great job of the mitred joints!

p.s. for a larger option I also designed a compact floorstanding speaker (use Mark Audio CHR/P-70 instead of the obsoleted EL-70):

MARTELLO-2, a mini-tower from a single 2' x 4'
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