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Old 29th January 2011, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Sources for speaker stuffing materials, please.

I'm planning a new speaker project.
The designer (Gravesen) specifies:
1. 10-12 mm felt material. Alternatively use 10 mm polyester foam.
2. MDM3 (Monacor) mix of 2/3 sheeps' wool and 1/3 polyester fibres. Alternatively use Acoustilux.

Since I'm not interested in paying to have this stuff shipped from Europe, can anybody suggest North American sources for these (or reasonable substitute) ?
The closer to BC, Canada, the better!

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Old 29th January 2011, 09:22 PM   #2
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Try the local "fabric shop"......you know, the ones with the kilometers of fabric on rolls...& rolls & rolls. They have cotton batting which I have found to be ideal for enclosure stuffing. Chances are they will have a suitable fabric for grilles also.......in so very many styles & colors...........just look for a suitable light weave........an almost "sheer" fabric.

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Old 1st February 2011, 01:34 AM   #3
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Or get the catalog from Parts Express, they are in Ohio, which is more or less the USA.

Parts Express specializes in speaker stuff.

Grille cloth, cabinet corners and handles, crossovers and crossover parts, speaker wire connector cups, etc etc.


SOmeplace fancier like Madisound might have something too.
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Old 1st February 2011, 01:51 AM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Actually I checked at both PE and Madisound and couldn't find felt.
They didn't have anything like the MDM3 either.

Dave at Planet10 here locally is going to fix me up with what I need.

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I found old pillows have a nice polyester fill.......You might find a willing sheep in a field in the countryside for the wool.
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Old 2nd February 2011, 10:02 PM   #6
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...You might find a willing sheep in a field in the countryside for the wool.
Elk Lake Veterinary have an "old sheep's home". Just ask for some wool... raw thou. You'll want a washing machine not used for regular clothes

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?....... You'll want a washing machine not used for regular clothes......

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Or a coin laundromat on the other side of town.....
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Old 3rd February 2011, 06:15 AM   #8
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If I wanted wool, I'm lazy enough to get the washed and carded stuff which you can buy (according to my knitter spouse) at some needlecraft supply places. (Or pay a local weaver for some....)

On the 'it smells' topic - I've noticed that some 'vintage' speakers can smell pretty musty - probably a combo of old tobacco odours + later storage in a damp-ish basement or garage... Good excuse for putting in new damping material.

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the cheapest cushions from Ikea are about $1 each and I've heard they work well.
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