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Title: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: JimGore on March 06, 2016, 12:13:11 AM
Hi Gents,

I was looking through some of my old photos and came across some interesting projects - some of these I didn't even remember doing until looking at the pictures again.  There are many of these kinds of projects in my archives - some you may have seen, and probably a couple you have never seen.

Anyway, I thought I would share some of the work I did in the past - feel free to comment, ask questions, etc on any of these:



This is a set of speakers I built in 2006 for a customer who desperately wanted something with a rounded top in bright red  :giggle:

The rounded top was done by means of coopering: cut staves at slight angles, then glue and finally sand smooth.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5l0V6rMIGHA/VttIPk6WxpI/AAAAAAAACXI/NkQahoHJ_cw/s576-Ic42/DSC00112.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wlaSHg8UGGU/VttIPT-dwAI/AAAAAAAACXI/qE4iysN7R6I/s576-Ic42/DSC00105.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QNwVFByKcpc/VttIQign4PI/AAAAAAAACXI/4HO5T29XDSw/s576-Ic42/DSC00116.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-59GlDRC_Omc/VttIRzlHmSI/AAAAAAAACXI/oJ6yI6f3Cso/s576-Ic42/DSC00224.JPG)






This is a medium sized bottom firing subwoofer also built for a customer in 2006.  The customer didn't want the subwoofer to look like a subwoofer, so this is the design we decided on:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8AkVZpSCMFw/VttIPdXnWmI/AAAAAAAACXI/MVhBYWSs4mU/s576-Ic42/DSC00088.JPG)





This is a set of speaker I built for myself in early 2006.  The AVForums founder (Kay) kindly spent a day at my place helping sand these things at the time.  I didn't have all the nice tools I have these days so it was a damn heavy job!  Thanks Kay!

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-E3eDXEeK-gs/VttIgl8U9sI/AAAAAAAACXc/nsDA-VKimAU/s641-Ic42/DSC03270.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nuD4AztIrmM/VttIhGFMGqI/AAAAAAAACXc/tsfFsdNC0m4/s625-Ic42/DSC03279.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QGCDuNmnxWI/VttIhQrW8_I/AAAAAAAACXc/Wmd3YVyLnm0/s586-Ic42/DSC03280.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iYKAtlsvePk/VttIh59-GxI/AAAAAAAACXc/QNGIOMfwZOM/s637-Ic42/DSC03422.JPG)



This is a cabinet I built for myself in early 2007.  It is solid Kiaat with frosted glass panels in the doors.  No veneer to be found anywhere.

The cabinet was sold a year or two later to one of my friends.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ttlhPnLeLgg/VttIR1ZPFiI/AAAAAAAACXI/sTEerk5TvzE/s875-Ic42/DSC00496.JPG)





This is a set of speakers I built for a customer in early 2007.  The cabinets are Maple veneer on MDF with Purple-heart inlay:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VVo3i-lqC2o/VttISRReVVI/AAAAAAAACXY/jNwf8EYtr4g/s576-Ic42/DSC00519.JPG)





This is a set of curved Walnut speakers I built for myself in 2007 and later ended up selling.  Unfortunately I was shafted in the deal by the buyer, but I guess that's school fees.  As a result of what happened with this deal my entire way of doing business has changed for the better.

Construction is also coopered:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4RqyvQsUGEk/VttITXr0XJI/AAAAAAAACXY/7qwG-sIZ9do/s764-Ic42/DSC00548.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-U8QZPOXFYUw/VttITsyp0DI/AAAAAAAACXY/Q64gsoEs1ng/s576-Ic42/DSC00554.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LStXtHUSslU/VttIT1-iCUI/AAAAAAAACXY/xpR8Px5XD3o/s576-Ic42/DSC00556.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AW1SDX_h-qc/VttIUclc20I/AAAAAAAACXY/ghAQcsN_WlY/s861-Ic42/DSC00583.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cyR-L0N_vIg/VttIUnK62_I/AAAAAAAACXY/zxdmyRH5QYQ/s615-Ic42/DSC00584.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MM24UJmb1Nk/VttIU4jtwkI/AAAAAAAACXY/P_WFHWFSsu8/s576-Ic42/DSC00592.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Imi_IBImV0U/VttIWJf-z4I/AAAAAAAACXY/ifyWSVqK32c/s576-Ic42/DSC00668.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-eYwtnCuU5Zw/VttIWSxpz9I/AAAAAAAACXY/ZapiqCn68_o/s576-Ic42/DSC00685.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-K5509Ca9FQw/VttIXqhq7yI/AAAAAAAACXY/5tHnnlfBdiU/s576-Ic42/DSC01142.JPG)





This is a small entrance table I made for my place in 2007.  It has a dark stained Saligna frame (bottom) with the top being made of Maple with resin filled panels.  I still have this in my house and it still works for its living.  The picture doesn't do it justice unfortunately...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LgQ4or2-VUE/VttIWZOlqWI/AAAAAAAACXY/Qm9pnfkUA_c/s751-Ic42/DSC00660.JPG)





This set of speakers was my second venture into the world of high efficiency.  It took an absolute enormous amount of work to make these - they also featured matrix bracing inside with interlocking brace pieces.  It was as heavy as all hell and as strong as a bull.  These were sold a year or two later to a friend:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-28sgrhaTZio/VttIWjT_XxI/AAAAAAAACXY/AGH1k0AdKU0/s576-Ic42/DSC01086.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qkjXZxFrJkA/VttIXR9NiYI/AAAAAAAACXY/Cz5oDW_evUA/s576-Ic42/DSC01132.JPG)





This is the famous (infamous?) LITIL speaker kit which I designed over December of 2010.  I am not 100% sure now, but I think there are around 10 pairs floating around which were built by interested participants.  Some of them have even found their way out of the country and are now playing music in bedrooms and studies in far-away and strange lands...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-g5r9fmqx6jI/VttIX2mpWmI/AAAAAAAACXY/R3Z-cQ8bOWA/s599-Ic42/DSC01664.JPG)





Early in 2011 I was commissioned by a customer (now a good friend) who needed help painting, finishing and assembling his set of Linkwitz Orions:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-O8j6XDMhCHY/VttIYX7q9fI/AAAAAAAACXY/RdZDIStyjGo/s576-Ic42/DSC01820.JPG)





A set of stands for Yamaha NS1000 or NS2000 speakers I made for a customer in 2011:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JC04l8_LBNU/VttIYx-nuMI/AAAAAAAACXU/F3lzbENKQdk/s647-Ic42/DSC01952.JPG)





A downward-firing subwoofer with veneer work I did for a customer in 2011.  The lighter color veneer is Maple, and the darker bits are reclaimed Walnut.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LTrsR8sRTd8/VttIZdO7yRI/AAAAAAAACXU/zsLEUx2STB8/s451-Ic42/DSC01995.JPG)





I went through a brief phase in 2011 where I was playing around with veneer inlays and things:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Oi1mGWaedzM/VttIZCdHPPI/AAAAAAAACXU/4RI4ta10xg0/s421-Ic42/DSC01966.JPG)





This is a set of ZRT speakers which I built for a customer in 2011.  A couple of years later the speakers came back to me for crossover rework after which I renamed them IRT.  They have been sold to a number of forum members since then...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Lf_Gt3ROEgs/VttIZwkvw2I/AAAAAAAACXU/YlL1XfF_FUo/s575-Ic42/DSC02040.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ivsbKJByMEU/VttIZyBNrjI/AAAAAAAACXU/GFJpKHdPqQ0/s612-Ic42/DSC02041.JPG)





This is the PALADIN Leviathan - my first High Efficiency subwoofer employing an 18" driver in a 250 liter enclosure and powered by an on-board DSP plate amplifier from Hypex.  I built this over December of 2011.  This thing was an absolute beast.  I still have it here though it has been decommissioned for the past 2 years.  Construction is 25mm marine plywood with matrix bracing and finished with Maple veneer and satin black paint:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-saBNomi9oXU/VttIaf4LUrI/AAAAAAAACXU/ULjAmys6JMQ/s632-Ic42/DSC02105.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fgnj-EOnqwg/VttIahOTONI/AAAAAAAACXU/JI7bQVG_msY/s600-Ic42/DSC02137.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hi6xZUU2950/VttIa_rwB8I/AAAAAAAACXU/D5Fn_E2EW1E/s643-Ic42/DSC02159.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-E-qCcsaAcxI/VttIbL2DLKI/AAAAAAAACXU/ATv3B80ZwWc/s579-Ic42/DSC02168.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6oDkYoXCJx4/VttIbnDRtGI/AAAAAAAACXU/aXrqw0Ki81Q/s507-Ic42/DSC02196.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-H1VeNZuN2nQ/VttIcd8LjnI/AAAAAAAACXU/4gb1idGbdY8/s671-Ic42/DSC02197.JPG)





This is a set of speakers I built for myself in May 2012.  At the time it was the most technically challenging construction I had ever done.  The results were absolutely worth it.  I had complements on the sound of these from guys who are notoriously difficult to get a kind word out of.  These have since been sold and have left the country.  They are driven by what I understand to be a full Mark Levinson system.  It makes me proud that this is the case because it shows they can stand their own in a high-end system.

I went as far as to have a special lamination of different woods made up for the construction of these cabinets.  The red bits of wood is Bubinga which I toned to a vivid finish.  All the aluminium and brass pieces you see were machined on my lathe at home.  The paint is dead-flat black and it really pops with the bright red pieces and polished aluminium hardware.  Each driver is decoupled from the cabinet, and each cabinet is decoupled from the other cabinets.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aVRCcmxZTQ8/VttIcAaEt-I/AAAAAAAACXU/GWDFQOJweGg/s576-Ic42/DSC02232.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dS00XD-EkWg/VttIdVA7tXI/AAAAAAAACXU/mih5Rm9EqFM/s676-Ic42/DSC02235.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_cBIS6qVyBk/VttIdpC38_I/AAAAAAAACXU/BYcjs55jutE/s576-Ic42/DSC02248.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UG4HsNOopHs/VttIetwzGdI/AAAAAAAACXU/Tsh6-9wksmY/s576-Ic42/DSC02254.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jTHJpT2Ow_I/VttIfrJ2S7I/AAAAAAAACXU/ldYAdaOqdsI/s576-Ic42/DSC02260.JPG)





Here I started messing around with the HE stuff again and for the first time in my life I actually built someone else's design.  The speaker stayed this way for a couple of months before I decided that I wasn't satisfied with the overall presentation.  The final modified version of these things formed the basis for the speakers I listen to these days and consider to be my reference standard.  They are still unfinished (not painted, etc) and I may or may not actually give them paint at some point...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mKqAt8YQoJ4/VttIgXC2G9I/AAAAAAAACXU/VzqIKMOv0JA/s598-Ic42/DSC02290.JPG)





This set of speakers was built in early 2013.  I built a pair which were eventually sold off and as far as I know these are doing their think somewhere in or near Cape Town these days...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KB9q1xtkriQ/VttIknKmheI/AAAAAAAACXQ/IGm976ELKi8/s693-Ic42/IMG_0437.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uoYhBSn2z2Q/VttIleNXENI/AAAAAAAACXQ/7O0K_lbIZTk/s600-Ic42/IMG_0622.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ml2_pi0xbGM/VttImvAGTbI/AAAAAAAACXQ/_Z3HDRKr1yg/s648-Ic42/IMG_0638.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j9HzRpptZq0/VttImiW_u8I/AAAAAAAACXQ/jWA8QXR7v8c/s576-Ic42/IMG_0651.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tUazU1IJURg/VttIndThJDI/AAAAAAAACXQ/Lt27EVoo9Jc/s575-Ic42/IMG_0654.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BYr9Xu3IB7E/VttIot0dqZI/AAAAAAAACXQ/FfBI2DyszhA/s576-Ic42/IMG_0689.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1bmw5-GA6uI/VttIo_GKucI/AAAAAAAACXQ/vw1NXtinCIo/s576-Ic42/IMG_0709.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HuEiYFJ0-Uc/VttIpFc5-cI/AAAAAAAACXQ/BhJtRyc5nxc/s576-Ic42/IMG_0759.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nYOFRnGLztU/VttIrPB9p1I/AAAAAAAACXQ/IxJBNu7s1Lg/s576-Ic42/IMG_0788.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kM2N_B9auPU/VttIq1pJ4xI/AAAAAAAACXQ/fORjfqWSRrE/s576-Ic42/IMG_0819.JPG)





This is a set of speakers I built for a customer in mid 2013 based on a design by Troels:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-eBdGpRfvDv4/VttIj0d8jcI/AAAAAAAACXU/cMQF5n5Wogg/s640-Ic42/IMG_0365.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cPMxpKJ_NKk/VttIjy70y_I/AAAAAAAACXQ/Vz5WGCqx4yA/s640-Ic42/IMG_0381.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TwcotBzeQOY/VttIj6uOaAI/AAAAAAAACXQ/8Bq5pppNczw/s640-Ic42/IMG_0395.JPG)






This is a small pair of floor standing speaker I built near the end of 2013.  It was an experiment in mass loaded tapered quarterwave design (ML-TQWT).  They are still here with me standing around and patiently awaiting my attention to finish the crossovers.  I have some preliminary crossovers for them done and am really happy with what I hear from them.

Finish is clear bamboo with Walnut inlay.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cOdjtrWG49k/VttIrNPS4bI/AAAAAAAACXQ/wtDrNhNr4l0/s576-Ic42/IMG_0917.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-a0T5i7FKgio/VttItNKsdXI/AAAAAAAACXQ/cgRtzDXP9hE/s576-Ic42/IMG_0930.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-owctAFcXdy8/VttIt1MeX1I/AAAAAAAACXQ/4kolAXa_FLY/s576-Ic42/IMG_0943.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-v9UsNYJJblM/VttIuKXNLLI/AAAAAAAACXQ/9l7w7klVzpY/s573-Ic42/IMG_0956.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-w-FBdjpmtCs/VttIulxA0uI/AAAAAAAACXQ/BjHlBdwOmGc/s599-Ic42/IMG_0972.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QbTZmrFM678/VttIvRM4-fI/AAAAAAAACXQ/GzdnZho2kEs/s576-Ic42/IMG_0985.JPG)





This project started in mid 2014 as an exercise in absolute insanity.  The project has been placed on hold for the time being as I need to figure out whether of not I am truly in the mood to spend a full year building a single set of speakers or not.  I am sure it will look and sound amazing, but I just don't know whether it truly justifies that kind of investment in time...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lpDUgjFZ3ZY/VARcbHuXOfI/AAAAAAAABd8/RU566AvM61g/s709-Ic42/IMG_1230.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0fxOCUFjPQM/VAjBdaLYYUI/AAAAAAAABgA/16fdujwDwGA/s633-Ic42/IMG_1279.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-2d_h97rW9Rk/VCMuJWMDTkI/AAAAAAAABkU/ENCFbBOnJ-8/s633-Ic42/IMG_1669.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CODpa9-LC8s/VFEko7_IA8I/AAAAAAAABow/HBQrmaf9UAw/s510-Ic42/IMG_1865.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-DT6EFHnMPi8/VFfasUtuJYI/AAAAAAAABqs/c6dpv04jN4U/s705-Ic42/IMG_1945.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D86FgXfJL-0/VGEXjpJNCYI/AAAAAAAABsQ/J25Ta1efDxs/s800-Ic42/IMG_2011.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7Wn4jQrptr0/VGEXj8IrscI/AAAAAAAABsU/a8_2NVXiweg/s427-Ic42/IMG_2049.JPG)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FrcbPlEkpUw/VGEXmDZ9bmI/AAAAAAAABso/XRPc65BKUvM/s640-Ic42/IMG_2059.JPG)





Well, that all I have for now.  Let me know what you think  :thinking:

Kind Regards,
Ian.
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: Chas on March 06, 2016, 03:41:42 AM
Thanks for sharing Ian, truly inspiring - keep it coming.
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: CAD on March 06, 2016, 04:16:08 AM
WOW Incredible work Ian and thanks so much for sharing.

Each item is stunning  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: Trompie67 on March 06, 2016, 05:33:54 AM
An exceptional talent. Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: carel1966 on March 06, 2016, 06:48:37 AM
Thanks for sharing. True craftsmanship! Wish I had the talent!
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: mahleu on March 06, 2016, 06:53:57 AM
That's amazing. I like the look of the Litil.
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: reactor_sa on March 06, 2016, 07:23:48 AM
All super, except that entrance table that's seriously meh, and the 250L HE sub that looks like a giant office desk???
Impressive shapes and finishes
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: vleisman on March 06, 2016, 07:27:56 AM
I can only add congratulations. As someone that has diy aspirations this display can either inspire or make me say stuff it I'll never get close r to this. Inspirational is an understatement  :notworthy:
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: kolakidd on March 06, 2016, 09:19:08 AM
Awesome body of work! It's great that you documented it all.
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: JimGore on March 06, 2016, 09:22:13 AM
Thanks for the comments guys - it was really fun for me to go through those old photos and reminis about the  old days.

Obviously not all of this will be to everyone's taste and that's fine by me. All I can say is that each and every piece was built with attention and love  :cleansound:

If you haven't guessed by looking at these photos: I tend to enjoy a challenge and if given the choice usually don't go for the "easy way out" just to get something done. I like my builds to be somehow interesting / different / technically challenging. The more tricky the thing is to make, the more enjoyment I get from pushing myself to get it done.

Kind regards,
Ian.
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: itscraig on March 06, 2016, 09:40:05 AM
MASTA  :notworthy:
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: Michon on March 06, 2016, 10:19:38 AM
Very inspiring!
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: Moolz on March 06, 2016, 11:05:47 AM
Wow! Some beautiful work! Well done.
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: DeonC on March 06, 2016, 03:05:21 PM
Ian, you are an inspiration! :clap:
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: naughty on March 06, 2016, 03:23:27 PM
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D86FgXfJL-0/VGEXjpJNCYI/AAAAAAAABsQ/J25Ta1efDxs/s800-Ic42/IMG_2011.JPG)

Wow .... just Wow ..... absolutely stunning

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-K5509Ca9FQw/VttIXqhq7yI/AAAAAAAACXY/5tHnnlfBdiU/s576-Ic42/DSC01142.JPG)

as for these ..... when i first saw them at the time that you did them them, i was so impressed with them that since then almost every single speaker set i purchased has been some form of Walnut (the color being mainly influenced by these speakers) ...... only one set inbetween was black but the other three subsequent sets were all some type of Walnut color .... when you were selling them i was truly tempted but i didnt have the finance available at that time

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mKqAt8YQoJ4/VttIgXC2G9I/AAAAAAAACXU/VzqIKMOv0JA/s598-Ic42/DSC02290.JPG)

as for these i really love the simplicity of the design  :thumbs: would love to see them finished though  ;)

Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: Rhino on March 06, 2016, 03:39:28 PM
Some truly amazing work that was done.
Each one looked amazing and would definitely sounded great.
Hope to see more pics of projects (Not just speakers but amps etc.)

I think a lot of us envies such great work.
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: Gramophone on March 06, 2016, 03:55:08 PM
You are a master craftsman. Period!   :2thumbs:
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: Michon on March 06, 2016, 03:57:44 PM
Here I started messing around with the HE stuff again and for the first time in my life I actually built someone else's design.  The speaker stayed this way for a couple of months before I decided that I wasn't satisfied with the overall presentation.  The final modified version of these things formed the basis for the speakers I listen to these days and consider to be my reference standard.  They are still unfinished (not painted, etc) and I may or may not actually give them paint at some point...

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mKqAt8YQoJ4/VttIgXC2G9I/AAAAAAAACXU/VzqIKMOv0JA/s598-Ic42/DSC02290.JPG)


Who's design is this and what is it called?

I would also love to see the loudspeakers that you are listening to these days (that are based upon the final modified version of these).
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: King_Julian_S on March 06, 2016, 04:02:33 PM
Awesome ...
So when can you do me a simple OB  :dance:
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: RobertChicken on March 06, 2016, 05:23:44 PM
Great stuff Ian, your level of skill is awe inspiring  :clap:
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: HH NS1000 on March 06, 2016, 06:52:14 PM
 WOW Ian that is really impressive!!
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: alternativeroute on March 06, 2016, 06:52:44 PM
Lekker to see some of those project pics again  :2thumbs:  :2thumbs:  :2thumbs:
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: prajayn on March 06, 2016, 08:43:05 PM
Everything I just saw is just beautiful.
Title: Re: ...what I did back in the day... (be warned - lots of photos)
Post by: fuz940510 on March 07, 2016, 07:51:52 AM
Stunning craftsmanship, those walnut speakers are gorgeous!

Still listening to a pair of Litil's quite happily, whenever the bug bites. For nearfield (less than 1m), nothing i have heard yet can compare
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Post by: cft on March 07, 2016, 08:17:52 AM
Some super craftsmanship here!! Very, very nice :thumbs:
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Post by: JimGore on March 07, 2016, 03:45:28 PM
Thanks all for your kind words - much appreciated!

Who's design is this and what is it called?

I would also love to see the loudspeakers that you are listening to these days (that are based upon the final modified version of these).

The original design is called the "inConcert Miles" by a gentleman of the name Stig Erik Tangen.

My modification is a heavy one - it adds a dedicated midrange, rearranges the driver layout, physically modifies the tweeter and completely changes the crossovers.  In short - it has morphed into something utterly different and believe it or not - even bigger...

Awesome ...
So when can you do me a simple OB  :dance:

Any time - just let me know when you are ready  :thumbs:



Kind Regards,
Ian.
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Post by: Michon on March 07, 2016, 04:29:09 PM
The original design is called the "inConcert Miles" by a gentleman of the name Stig Erik Tangen.

My modification is a heavy one - it adds a dedicated midrange, rearranges the driver layout, physically modifies the tweeter and completely changes the crossovers.  In short - it has morphed into something utterly different and believe it or not - even bigger...


Those are extensive modifications from the original design. I would love to see your modified version. Is there a build thread?
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Post by: naughty on March 07, 2016, 04:46:43 PM
Those are extensive modifications from the original design. I would love to see your modified version. Is there a build thread?

there was, but when i found it recently i noticed that he had moved the pics so those do not show up in the thread which makes it difficult to follow when you read it
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Post by: JimGore on March 07, 2016, 06:33:51 PM
Those are extensive modifications from the original design. I would love to see your modified version. Is there a build thread?

There is a build thread somewhere but as naughty said - it's nearly impossible to follow because the pictures no longer show. Tell you what tho: after I get my room sorted out and the hifi hooked up again you can come over for a listen and I will tell you everything you want to know. How's that sound?

Kind regards,
Ian.
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Post by: vleisman on March 07, 2016, 08:18:27 PM
This is a set of curved Walnut speakers I built for myself in 2007 and later ended up selling.  Unfortunately I was shafted in the deal by the buyer, but I guess that's school fees.  As a result of what happened with this deal my entire way of doing business has changed for the better.

Construction is also coopered:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4RqyvQsUGEk/VttITXr0XJI/AAAAAAAACXY/7qwG-sIZ9do/s764-Ic42/DSC00548.JPG)



Hi Ian
What kind of walnut planks are those? Looks like a solid plank with a laminated section on each? Also, how did you join them?
Regards, Steve
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Post by: Michon on March 07, 2016, 09:02:51 PM
there was, but when i found it recently i noticed that he had moved the pics so those do not show up in the thread which makes it difficult to follow when you read it

Thanks Naughty. I'd like to give it a go anyway. Could you (or JimGore) post a link please.

There is a build thread somewhere but as naughty said - it's nearly impossible to follow because the pictures no longer show. Tell you what tho: after I get my room sorted out and the hifi hooked up again you can come over for a listen and I will tell you everything you want to know. How's that sound?

You make an offer that I cannot resist.
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Post by: RobertChicken on March 07, 2016, 10:03:44 PM
One of the first results for inConcert Miles,

http://www.avforums.co.za/index.php?topic=16389.0

Another one with pics by Bef (who was on this forum) over at AVS Forum,

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/155-diy-speakers-subs/1747562-building-tangen-avdesign-inconcert-miles-2x15a-tweeter-sensitivity-103db.html
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Post by: Atjan on March 07, 2016, 10:46:41 PM
Great seeing your pics again Ian. Fantastic finishing you do, I'm always in awe, knowing what it takes.

@Michon
Do a search for inConcert Miles and you will see a towering stack of HE drivers in unfinished mdf that an overseas admirer of JG posted somewhere.
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Post by: MorneDJ on March 08, 2016, 08:21:41 AM
Absolutely brilliant work Ian ...
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Post by: 2wice on March 08, 2016, 08:36:29 AM
When I was a kid I thought myself an author, until I read Steven Erickson's works. Knew I'd never be able to top that so I gave up.

Guess I won't work wood anymore. :P
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Post by: Kemosabe on March 08, 2016, 01:47:03 PM
When I was a kid I thought myself an author, until I read Steven Erickson's works. Knew I'd never be able to top that so I gave up.

Guess I won't work wood anymore. :P

Good sentiment - bad attitude!  :ticked:
It is by standing on the shoulders of giants like Ian that we too can hopefully reach the stars. Be inspired to exceed your current personal limitations.

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Post by: Tashir on March 09, 2016, 03:03:35 PM
Extremely talented.....amazing work  :thumbs:
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Post by: kalith on March 09, 2016, 08:23:38 PM
mmmm i now see where they were hiding the speaker whisperer  ;D

As someone who recently made his own TV stand and pumped 40 man hours into it to create a "decentish" stand i am gobsmacked at the attention to detail in the builds. That detail is literally a a clock running away from you that is tough to catch.

I am also very jealous of that workshop space  :notworthy:
Very impressive creations. Must be a amazing sense of achievement when the build turns out just right !!!
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Post by: JimGore on March 09, 2016, 09:28:42 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind words!

I am also very jealous of that workshop space  :notworthy:

I have a double garage for my woodwork shop, and a small little room at the back where I do the machining things. That's only for the past 2.5 years - before that I only had a tiny single garage at my townhouse. Most of the builds you see here were done in that little workshop. When I say little, I mean that it was so small that 2 people crowded the place.

Space is awesome, but not a requirement!

Kind regards,
Ian.
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Post by: 1am7h30n3 on March 11, 2016, 09:33:27 AM
Absolutely fantastic work, makes me ashamed to think of some of the unfinished subwoofer boxes I've built in my time!!
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Post by: royj on March 17, 2016, 06:07:30 PM
Gees ,

Looking at these works of art , thanks to zuptagate , there should be BIGGG local demand.
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Post by: dragonmts on December 26, 2016, 02:37:34 PM
Damn, don't know how I missed these beauties! You are truly an artist sir and I tip my hat to you (and drool all over my tiled floor!)
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Post by: kubusi on December 27, 2016, 10:43:11 AM
What awesome workmanship.
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Post by: Phase on December 28, 2016, 07:15:11 AM
Ian you are a MASTER CRAFTSMAN!
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Post by: sneaky on January 03, 2017, 10:10:28 AM
I had the pleasure of seeing some of Ian's craftsmanship first hand when he was still at his townhouse. He says it was a small garage, that may be but it was one of the most well set out and organised wood shops I've seen.Also had a listen to his giant HE speakers with a sub woofer built into his roof trusses. I was awesome.Keep up the good work Ian.How is Paladin doing?
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Post by: TerehceH on January 10, 2017, 10:48:46 AM
Fantastic stuff Ian! When I grow up, I want a whole house full of Paladin sound!