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Old 20th March 2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Pensil vs. FH3 with Alpair 7.3

Hi all, I have picked up a pair of Alpair 7.3 and must now decide on a cabinet design. The amp is a JE Labs design SET using KT90 in place of EL34, probably putting out 8W. I typically listen to jazz trios, female vocals, folk music, but also enjoy Zeppelin and Pearl Jam when the mood strikes....

The room is 14 x 18 and opening into a smaller dining room on one end. WAF will be a factor. I have a woodworking shop so other designs are possible.

Thought I would seek advice before I start the saw.

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Old 20th March 2012, 06:25 PM   #2
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They are both good. I'd personally choose FH3 -- you should ask the wife which one she likes.

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Old 20th March 2012, 07:10 PM   #3
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They are both good. I'd personally choose FH3 -- you should ask the wife which one she likes.

dave

Note that we have both here.

the Pensils are a pretty darn simple build, but I'd agree that if WAF approved, the FH3 would be my choice between the 2

I have Pensils in one of my own systems - and as much as mrs B likes the look of the FH3, they're only good for short visits and demos - they don't "disappear" enough


there is a builder's photo gallery that you might want to show your wife

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now if she's a music lover show her this post in particular:
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Old 20th March 2012, 09:27 PM   #4
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That sounds like a good recommendation! Would there be a significant change in bass response if I used a "fonken-style" cab? I confess to liking strong, but well defined, bass at times.

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That sounds like a good recommendation! Would there be a significant change in bass response if I used a "fonken-style" cab? I confess to liking strong, but well defined, bass at times.

John

"MarKen" would have perhaps more "finesse" from the lower mid-bass down, but lack the impact and weight of either the Pensil or FH3 with the 7.3 - I can definitely see many folks sensing the need for woofers with the MarKens.
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of course, I should say - "build both, then decide"

that's a T-shirt I definitely have multiples of
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I can definitely see many folks sensing the need for woofers with the MarKens.
With Led Zep. on the table, powered woofers and a lot more than 8 watts.

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I should have come clean earlier, I am a CD user. That said, my 8 watts sounds pretty good so far! I am intrigued by the MarKen "finesse" and really only enjoy bass when I hear it but not feel it. Are the plans for sale at Planet 10?

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I should have come clean earlier, I am a CD user. That said, my 8 watts sounds pretty good so far! I am intrigued by the MarKen "finesse" and really only enjoy bass when I hear it but not feel it. Are the plans for sale at Planet 10?

John

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I should have come clean earlier, I am a CD user.
that's OK, we don't judge harshly here - some of our best friends are users
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