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Old 2nd June 2012, 06:33 PM   #2111
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very nice IG,i like the cork touch
what steps did you follow to achieve that glass like finish?
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Old 3rd June 2012, 01:55 PM   #2112
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very nice IG,i like the cork touch
what steps did you follow to achieve that glass like finish?
The finish is actually very basic: two coats of Tremclad gloss black anti-rust paint. A lot of small "defects" actually show up; one has to be impeccable when doing a gloss finish. I only sanded the wood, filled the small holes, sanded again and went on with the paint, brushed on. Turned out nice enough for the simplicity of it. In any case, I wasn't gonna go all-out on this speaker.

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Old 10th June 2012, 07:08 AM   #2113
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Default Aiko FE108E Sigma

Here's the new Aikos, I finally finished them. Quite a lot of work went into these, probably between 30 and 40 hours, mostly on finish.

Zebrawood veneer on front, back and top.
Copper veneer (Azul Copper Veneer 24" x 18" - On Sale: $39.50) Supra-Baffle
Medium/High gloss black finish on the sides.

FE108E sigmas courtesy of Dave (Planet10) with phase plugs and cone coating. Thanks Dave!

I only have about an hour of listening in as I post this but they sound amazing. It's incredible... They are fairly dynamic too which is nice. Even with the tiny x-max and relatively small cone they can go pretty dang loud without worrying about excursion.

I've got them crossed to the negatively tapered horn I build last weekend for now, they are actually running full range with the sub crossed in, not to worry though I'm watching them carefully. XO is fairly low, around 70 Hz or so, it is nice being able to cross that low, I can't tell where the sub is at all.

Once I get all my chickens in a rom (or something like that) I will move them to their final resting place on the other side of the room and hook them up to the sofa subwoofer to get some REAL bass
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Old 10th June 2012, 04:58 PM   #2114
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They look quite well...


...but these connectors on the front
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Old 10th June 2012, 05:46 PM   #2115
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They look quite well...


...but these connectors on the front
thanks!

And that's just a personal preference thing... The connectors ate gold plated and look nice, and the wire I made from cat5e plenum with techflex and stained wood terminators. It all looks great so i thought I might as well show it off
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Old 10th June 2012, 05:56 PM   #2116
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Yes, they look very nice indeed.
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Old 10th June 2012, 05:56 PM   #2117
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Very nice ti here you are enjoying them.

I love the copper -- where do you get that.

I've done a few boxes with terminals on the front. Very convienient but low WAF

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Old 10th June 2012, 05:57 PM   #2118
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Where would it lead if we all had the same personal preferences ?

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Old 10th June 2012, 07:28 PM   #2119
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Patina Copper Veneer Stock List

I used the smallest size, cut in half. I designed the baffle around the veneer so it fit perfectly. There was none left over and it wraps around behind the baffle by about a quarter of an inch for a pretty tight pressure fit.

The baffle is sort of removable in a worst case scenario. Its glued on but I can probably knock it off with a mallet. I would have screwed it but there was no way to do so without it being seen

The copper is my favorite part. It was worth every penny. It's even better looking in person than in the picture.

I made those outriggers from some flat steel bar and some #8 all thread. I sharpened the all thread and bolted it onto the steel. It actually looks pretty good, and it cost less than $10, which is a huge savings over commercial outriggers. They are incredibly stable, much more so than my other speakers.

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Old 10th June 2012, 07:40 PM   #2120
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i too love the copper! do you mind if i horribly plagerise the idea?
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