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Old 20th October 2018, 01:43 PM   #21
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Does anyone (most relevantly in this case in the UK) have experience selling their own designs? I think if I tried to sell my Troels speakers they would go very quickly, since he is a well-known designer, but these of course are an unknown quantity. I do have a couple of webpages documenting the build, with measurements.
I have only given away or scrapped my DIY speakers. I have tended to take the view that if the drivers are current then the speaker might be worth about half the driver costs since this is around what another speaker DIYer might pay if you can still find one in the UK. If the drivers are not current then a DIY speaker has little value because who would want to buy it? If you ask say £50 for a pair of floorstanding speakers then you may find someone local strongly constrained by budget but wanting decent speakers and willing to take a risk. If you raise the price more then you will be competing with branded speakers. You may get lucky and so it might be worth a go if you are not in a hurry.
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Old 20th October 2018, 02:21 PM   #22
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I should stress that I'm not looking to make any money on these speakers; after more than twelve years of enjoying listening to them, I don't even feel it's even necessarily right to expect anyone else to pay for them. And I do understand that the aesthetics are very much a matter of taste - I appreciate the kind words from one or two quarters, and I can see equally why others would not want to give them house room.

I am coming around to thinking that I have two realistic options: (a) offer to give the speakers away free of charge to anyone who wants to take them; or (b) trash the cabinets and sell the drivers.

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Old 20th October 2018, 04:32 PM   #23
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Here in the US, we have second-hand stores that take donations and use their profits to help the community. Goodwill and Salvation Army are large organizations, but there are local charities that run outlets to help the needy, fund missions to third world countries, etc.
If you haven't had any luck selling, donate them.
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Old 20th October 2018, 05:07 PM   #24
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^Excellent idea! In Europe we have many such stores run by International Red Cross and others alike! And many local events too!
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Old 20th October 2018, 05:20 PM   #25
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Here in the US, we have second-hand stores that take donations and use their profits to help the community. Goodwill and Salvation Army are large organizations, but there are local charities that run outlets to help the needy, fund missions to third world countries, etc.
If you haven't had any luck selling, donate them.
I like to recycle unwanted items through charity shops (in the case of my record collection, it's more of a continuous loop), but these are large, tri-wired speakers with external crossovers. A bit specialist for the Salvation Army or Cancer Research, methinks.

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Old 20th October 2018, 06:20 PM   #26
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Christmas is the ideal time to "put a bow on it" and give your old speakers as gifts to your in-laws.

Save money you normally spend on presents.

Suggest a prime location in their home for the speakers.

Everytime you talk you can ask "how are those speakers working out for you?"
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Old 20th October 2018, 06:54 PM   #27
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My first speaker build took me around 400 hours spread over 8 months, then another 4 months spent listening and refining the result. That's 8 months holding a vision in my head every minute spent in the workshop. I would like to think the result looks and sounds unique, and I think that in itself is worth something. So I'm darned if I'm going to give away my creativity for nothing. This one, for now, is a keeper until my next build is finished.

Truth is, there are lot of folks out there with taste and money who complain that there is nothing special to spend money on, and believe me, they look and look. A well constructed box that sounds good doesn't really cut it. If you want to sell speakers, then sell them to women, who in my experience have a far better understanding of how to live with audio.

Like motor cars, most loudspeakers (if we are really honest) are just plain ugly to look at. Being cute is not necessarily enduringly beautiful.

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Old 20th October 2018, 09:29 PM   #29
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If you want to sell speakers, then sell them to women
Just like "location, location, location" in real estate.


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. A bit specialist for the Salvation Army or Cancer Research, methinks.
I guarantee they'd sell, and pretty quickly.

But after looking up your ad & links to the pics, it would be a sincere shame to risk them not going to someone who appreciates them. If there are no family or friends that would be good candidates, I'd be inclined to part them out.
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Old 20th October 2018, 10:27 PM   #30
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I read your ad but completely missed the picture links. You might consider embedding some pictures in the post for those who don’t scan the text closely.

Also bumping every few days seems to be an acceptable practice so don’t give up on your ad just yet. Your price is right, and the speakers look great. I would be sorely tempted myself but I’m currently in the middle of two big and spendy projects.
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