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Offline JimGore

Bass trap build (at last!)
« on: January 16, 2011, 08:13:31 PM »
I have had these 2 huge rolls of think pink in my lounge for the best part of a year now.  What worries me is that I don't really notice them any longer.  Whenever someone comes over to visit for the first time they always look at the pink monsters strangely, but most of them are too kind to say anything.

So, at long last I have decided to make them look a bit better.  I didn't want to just cover the rolls in fabric, I want something nicer - add some wood into the equation.

Saturday morning I went off to the hardware store, and had them cut an entire 2.4m x 1.2m plywood sheet up into 1.2m x 6cm planks.  Also picked up 4m of chicken wire.

Next, I went off to the material shop, and picked up batting, compressed batting, some dodgy and cheap brown material (looks like it comes out of the 70s), and some nice textured black fabric of some kind.

Now, I want the bass traps to go up quite high, so I had 2 options:  Build it tall, or make 2 shorter traps which would stand on top of each other.  Went for the 2 shorter traps because it will be much easier to move around.

Let me tell you something - chicken wire is a terrible thing to work with.  This build is making me increasingly glad that I don't work on a chicken farm!

Some pics:

The frames complete for 4 bass traps:



Another angle:



Close-up:



Chicken wire installed into the back, top and bottom:



Cheers for now.
Ian.

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Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 08:37:44 PM »
Luckily your not going to put chickens in there :/ or are you...
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Offline ByronH

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 08:56:42 PM »
I like the angles, they're going to look somewhat enigmatic like the monoliths in "2001: A Space Odyssey" 8)

Offline WD

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 08:56:55 PM »
Stuff those with finches and you'll have enough tweeters.... aaarrgh!

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Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 09:12:16 PM »
I thought they looked quite nice as they were.
It will be interesting to see the transformation.

"Pink? Pink? Well, what’s wrong with pink?
Seems you’ve got a pink kink in your think.
Does it matter what color? Well, that gets nope.
Be it pink purple or heliotrope."
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Offline JimGore

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011, 09:19:13 PM »
John, I like pink as much as the next guy, but unfrotunately it doesn't suit my lounge colours very well.  ;D ;D ;D

Cheers,
Ian.

Offline WD

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2011, 09:21:45 PM »
I thought they looked quite nice as they were.
It will be interesting to see the transformation.

"Pink? Pink? Well, what’s wrong with pink?
Seems you’ve got a pink kink in your think.
Does it matter what color? Well, that gets nope.
Be it pink purple or heliotrope."

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Offline alternativeroute

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2011, 09:59:56 PM »
Plywood really makes a nice cost effective material to work with... Especially when:

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had them cut an entire 2.4m x 1.2m plywood sheet up into 1.2m x 6cm planks.

Yes. You could probably do that at home yourself but why suffer the pain when builders or mica can do it for you easily.

I am sure your neighbours were curious watching you unpack the chicken wire from the car...


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Offline JimGore

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2011, 10:04:48 PM »
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I am sure your neighbours were curious watching you unpack the chicken wire from the car...
I had the same thought  ;D

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I like the angles, they're going to look somewhat enigmatic like the monoliths in "2001: A Space Odyssey"
The shape of the frame is simply a function of esthetics rather than function.  As I was building it I was remined of the old days when I was in primary school.  We used to like building kites out of dowel rods, and we used to get a similar profile on them - worked better than straight frames.

Offline cybasoul

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2011, 12:44:41 PM »
Tell me some thing Ian, why???? why???? I want to know why is it that every thing you tough turns into gold? Why I ask again!!! Is it those gloves of yours or something Im over looking? Or is it the coffee/coke and ciggies combo?

Offline JimGore

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2011, 12:59:45 PM »
Thanks Vuyani, I appreciate your sentiment.

To clarify: everything I do doesn't work out well.  There is alot of trial and error background I am building on which I don't always share, but gives me valuable experience.  When I do get something to work out I obviously share it with everyone here.

Next thing is that I am patient when it comes to the concept and idea phase.  I spend enough time thinking and considering options before I start building - I try to figure everything out before I start so you have a plan to work from, even if it is only in my head.

BTW: When are you coming over to listen to the Litil speaker kit?

Regards,
Ian.


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Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2011, 01:13:19 PM »
What frequencies are you aiming to better with the bass traps?
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Offline JimGore

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2011, 01:22:38 PM »
Not really sure about that.

This type of damping is very wide range, so I am sure they will damp just about anything that comes their way, including someone running into them.

About a year ago I put the thinkpink rolls in my lounge and it improved the bass response instantly.  I never really cared to measure it - the sound was better so I was happy.

The only reason I am building the bass traps now is so that they look better than the think pink rolls in my lounge - no other reason.

Regards,
Ian.

Offline Rotten Johnny

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2011, 03:00:02 PM »
The only reason I am building the bass traps now is so that they look better than the think pink rolls in my lounge - no other reason.
Apologies if my dumb question triggered something  ;)
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Offline JimGore

Re: Bass trap build (at last!)
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2011, 03:55:11 PM »
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Apologies if my dumb question triggered something
No such thing as a dumb question.  Like I said earlier - a man needs to get inspiration from somewhere   ;)

If you didn't mention it, it might have been another 10 years before I decided to build them.