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Old 2nd November 2007, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default Bit of a kit market research.

Bit of a kit market research.
Hey guys and gals. As some of you may know from my introduction, I am a pretty good furniture maker with a few years behind my back. Over the years, Iíve accumulated a few hundred square feet of exotic veneers such as Ebony Macasara, various kinds of Rosewood, Birds Eye Maple and Ice Birch. I am thinking of putting a few speaker box kits on ebay and want to see what you think about it and if thereís any interest at all. I am attaching a kit picture in Burl Walnut. Joints are 45* miter, ready tape and glue. Shipping, assembled or disassembled?
Thanks for your opinion.
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Old 2nd November 2007, 02:56 AM   #2
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That's some great looking wood!

Are you going to design your own speaker box's or are you open to "custom" work orders from customers that provide a drawing?

At the moment I'm looking at Open Baffle types (can / will you be doing those) - but I also have some ideas about some large TL's that I might want to have knocked up and was thinking about doing them myself for hiring a local cab maker.

What experience do you have with speaker cabs?

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Well, the nature of my business is custom work. Iíve recently built the most expensive TV stand ever made. LOL.
Anyway, the reason, Iíve made this kit in a first place is to make a couple of $ for Revelators and bail out DIYs who donít have a full blown woodworking shop, wish to invest in a good table saw or stupidity to spend money on cheap crap from Home Depot. Veneer has to be applied properly in a press and joints have to be nice. The drawback is that you have to figure out your crossover and design prior to putting it all together. Perhaps build a model to tweak it. I am approaching from the cabinet point of view as a commercial manufacturer would. This kit is 10.25, 8.25,15.25 that makes it a 21-liter enclosure.
I have a fully photographed step-by-step ProAc 2.5 build up done by me in my shop, also building a 4ft3 cylindrical sub, so I have some experience. Internal bracing of the cabinet with cut outs, dadoÖed in to the sides and each other fantastic. I find that cutting the holes for the drivers should be done after trial piece, drivers donít always match the specs and I always do it on the scrap first. Just donít like to have an ugly 1/16 of a gap between the basket and cut out.
I am open to custom work or can recommend a tooling and an approach to the project from the woodworking point of view. Just pleas, donít ask me if you could use contact cement.
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Old 2nd November 2007, 04:03 AM   #4
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I'm well aware of what it takes to get quality wood work done - plus good veneer work is an art in itself! I can knock together stuff out of MDF or ply - but doing the 1st class stuff is beyond my equipment (cheap Craftsman T/S and a decent plunge router). So I am capable of doing prototype stuff and playing around - but the really nice work - I can contract it out or spend a few grand to get decent equipment. If I was going into the business of building cab's for $$$ then it would be considered a business investment. If I spend a few grand (more like about 10 - 20K really) then I would have to go into business!!

So your service for "custom" work could be attractive. The shipping cost could be nasty tho -

Do you have any plans for a website or some way for people to contact you for bids and / or your speaker cabs?
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I need a good source for quality cabinets as well, although my only concern is shipping. Sure wish I could find someone locally.
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Old 2nd November 2007, 12:25 PM   #6
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I donít think shipping cost would be a problem. I think shipping damages could be a problem, so everything would have to be bubble wrapped and double boxed. Large speaker could be shipped assembled in a crate by a common trucker. I am not really approaching this thing as a big business opportunity. For me it would be fun to do and make a few $ but I already have a business. http://www.tasdebois.com/
I would do it more for fun on a rainy weekend.
Anyways, I see that thereís some interest and we should talk more about it. Iíd like to see more of not only kick *** sounding speakers out there but also kick *** looking!
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Hi Roman!

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Old 3rd November 2007, 05:06 PM   #8
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http://cgi.ebay.com/speaker-box-kit-...QQcmdZViewItem

I just listed it on ebay if anyone is interested
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Old 4th November 2007, 01:44 AM   #9
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At that price I think they are a bargain. PE has prefinished cabinets, but they don't have the exotice veneer.

What is your recommendation for finishing them?

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I will do a separate thread on finishing.
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