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Old 13th September 2011, 04:15 AM   #31
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Got the flange on for mounting the cabinets in the globes, sanded everything nice and smooth, and got the first two coats of spray paint on. I'll be continuing to build the finish over the next few days.

I gotta say, they're looking kind of cool.
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Old 13th September 2011, 06:03 PM   #32
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Got the flange on for mounting the cabinets in the globes, sanded everything nice and smooth, and got the first two coats of spray paint on. I'll be continuing to build the finish over the next few days.

I gotta say, they're looking kind of cool.

forgive the question if this has already been mentioned, but what type of product(s) and prep etc were used in the painting?
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Old 13th September 2011, 06:47 PM   #33
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Chris,

I sanded the top portion, above the flange, to 220, then gave it a coat of epoxy to seal the wood grain. I used EAST System epoxy, but any brand like WEST, MAS, RAKA, etc would work fine.

After the epoxy cured I sanded it down to 220 and shot on a couple coats of rattle can spray paint. This will then be sanded smooth and repeated till I am satsified. The bottom section, below the flange, is just getting a couple coats of spray paint that will be declared good enough.
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Old 17th September 2011, 04:33 PM   #34
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I am declaring these cabinets finished. I worked through the finishing process, refining the surfaces with each stage. In the end, I decided that I preferred the look of the paint rubbed out with 0000 steel wool, which gives a nice satin look. The high gloss was too glossy, and showed up every single imperfection!

The end result keeps reminding me of the Death Star from Star Wars. It is a very singular look.

I moved my Alpair drivers over to these last night and got them fired up. While the sound very good, there is a definite difference from the Pensil series Studio Reference Monitors which now sit forlorn and vacant.

First impressions are in line with what Dave had already indicated, that these new cabs don't have the bass extension of the Pensils, favouring bass precision over extension. The bass is there, just different. They also have a different sense of "air", or space, about them. I'm going to have to live with them for awhile to get a better read. I've been listening to the Pensils for quite awhile now and they have become my "normal".
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