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Old 5th November 2009, 07:44 PM   #31
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Why? It's handcrafted by me, what else?
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Old 5th November 2009, 08:26 PM   #32
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Cost vs Performance is huge compared to commercial. Meaning I can build a system that beats my buddy's $30k system and I can do that for about $900.
I learn a lot.
It satisfying, something to be proud of.
I am a MrFixit and when there is nothing to fix I can build.
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Old 5th November 2009, 11:52 PM   #33
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I can't play any insruments and I wanted to be part of the process. I design/repair/mod a lot of studio gear so the home gear just came with the territory.

The same reason guys build street rods, RC planes or anything else. I have a need to make something that's cool and gives me bragging rights to other guys.
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Old 6th November 2009, 02:06 AM   #34
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It seems that many of the reasons given so far are one's that I can agree with, however I think at a deeper level it boils down to a quest for knowledge and accomplishment. I believe that, to me at least, it is a deep-rooted desire to be self sufficient in every respect. I simply can't stand to pay someone else to do that which I feel that I should be able to do for myself. Growing up in the 50's around logging communities, it wasn't uncommon for people to do just about everything for themselves, from hunting and fishing, splitting their own firewood, repairing or remodeling their homes, fixing their cars and a few even had stills!

Being around relatives and people that were used to fending for themselves, not afraid to work and having a strong sense of self worth and independence probably influenced me a great deal in my formative years. Evidently this close correlation between nature and nurture sealed my fate and to fight the urge to create, understand and master the various aspects of the physical world would be a struggle against a preordained destiny.

Even today, I still admire the youngster that builds the worst looking tree fort far more than one that has mastered a video game.

I like doing diy stuff and I enjoy being around diy people, as I find them to be more open minded and alive to new ideas and techniques. In short, just a lot more interesting group of people.

(An afterthought: Am I the only one here that that thinks that The World's Fastest Indian was a great movie?)

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Old 6th November 2009, 03:04 AM   #35
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No, The "Worlds Fastest Indian" was indeed a splendid movie!
If'n you happen to like a great plot, absence of jellied gasoline generated explosions, no gratuitous violence, and a paucity of car wrecks!!
If you've not seen it, you're missing a good one!
(should indeed appeal to all DIY'ers)
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Old 6th November 2009, 03:20 AM   #36
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Why?
I dont know
I started building various horns when I was 14, 40years ago
Aint that something
All the right reasons have been mentioned in all previous posts
Im not sure why I continue, because I dont really need any more stuff
And I have achieved all I wanted
And every time I have finished a project I say, last one, never again, too demanding, and costly
But I still do it, over and over again
I cant help it
I just need it like a drug
Its probably mostly the excitement, I guess
I dont know why really
Maybe I just love doing it, its fun, its a challenge, maybe no other special reason
Oh yeah, the joy of having built something that beats all the commercial stuff
Strange to imagine that it takes lot more years to learn than to learn to build a house or repair a car or whatever
I suppose its because the possibilities are endless
Lots of space fore creativity

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Old 6th November 2009, 03:22 AM   #37
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No, The "Worlds Fastest Indian" was indeed a splendid movie!
If'n you happen to like a great plot, absence of jellied gasoline generated explosions, no gratuitous violence, and a paucity of car wrecks!!
If you've not seen it, you're missing a good one!
(should indeed appeal to all DIY'ers)
Best, Don
Don,

I actually would be surprised if any diy'ers didn't like it!

A friend of many years once opined that I never asked a question that I didn't already know the answer to. That's nonsense of course, but I'm fairly certain on this one.


How's everything going up your way? How many feet of snow has fallen so far?
Down here in Sunny Seattle, it usually stays in the upper 70's and lower 80's until late April, when it starts to warm up.

(OK, maybe it gets a "little" cooler than that during Seattle's Winter)

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Old 6th November 2009, 03:52 AM   #38
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Terry: Actually, no snow yet! (that sound one hears is probably the rustling of paper dollars, as the printing presses at the mint struggle to stay ahead!!)
With the economy continuing to unravel, it's a better time than ever to DIY!!
Hope you are well-
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Old 6th November 2009, 04:03 AM   #39
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1. What is DIY Audio to you?

I read somewhere (I think it's from a Buddhist philosophy) that: Creation is happiness.

2. Why do you do it?

I feel a deep sense of accomplishment when doing it. Also I like the challenge of a new project having to learn and then "do". Also, I find quite irritating that some individuals try to sell insignificant products at ridiculous prices. DIY enables me to partially circumnavigate this fact. I am also find a kind of "brotherhood" through all of these threads, it may be summarized as "helpful and respectful". Above all It shows how international this "brotherhood" is.

Hope it helps
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Old 6th November 2009, 04:09 AM   #40
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This is probably an explanation of why I don't/cannot DIY.

It's my Hobby. I sort of always wanted to do some DIY. Now my knowledge(half) of components has risen due to DIYAUDIO. Here, I can never buy the components of audio quality(simply, not available). I cannot buy any seconds/used audio gear at my place as it is not available. I am very much unsure(terrified) of Indian customs too. So, I am keeping my DIY pending till I buy some good quality speakers(better than Sony). Best for me would be to buy some Fostex drivers and build the boxes. Carpentry or any other hand work is very easy for me.

Why?
It's the only way I can end up having quality audio nobody around has. My DIY will be cheap by International stds but will be too costly for ours.
By the way, a little better is also enough for people here. I had this ESP 3 way active crossover and some 6 crappy amps(ETI480 and TDAs) driving the cheap self made speakers using Phillips drivers. Later, reading here, I found that I used a very audiophile material unknowingly i.e. cement bonded particle board. Their sound also stunned many who entered my house. But my self demands are high now and I don't have any DIY audio at present.

I DIYed my new furniture and it was soooo cheap.

Gajanan Phadte
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