Originally Posted by iamlowsound
Have you checked out Bill Fitzmaurice designs yet? His are the best in the business and his HT subs are monsters!
Yes, I have.
In fact, Bill is an active participant on one of the forums where these designs were developed.
I have a great deal of respect for his perspective on speaker cabinet design and bracing.
However, these represent a DIY segment that is growing exponentially right now.
There has been a lot of interest in controlled directivity, horn-loaded designs that use high-quality polyimide compression drivers that offer PA-level sensitivity combined with dome-tweeter smoothness.
The designs being produced are pretty spectacular from a performance perspective, and are begging for an equally compelling cabinet.
The Fusion-8 Alchemy was designed by Jeff Bagby, the creator of Passive Crossover Designer and other speaker design software
, and a highly respected designer in his own right.
Originally Posted by fdeck
The curves for that design look great, and the parts aren't too expensive. I've been thinking of going DIY for some speakers to install in my preamp factory (aka basement laundry and furnace room). For that use, a high quality monaural system would probably sound better than lower quality stereo for the same overall cost.
With those sweet dovetails, it'd be a shame to put anything but a clear finish on it.
I agree, and it's possible I may offer a "raw" cabinet for the builder to do an oil, nitro, or shellac finish on.
Still, hide glue and tolex with string and piping is the go-to for this style box, so it will be the baseline.
I work with a local painter who does guitars and custom cycles, so bursts, flakes and flames are all within the realm of possibilities.