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Homebrew Shuttle

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by tommy.genes, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. tommy.genes


    Feb 16, 2006
    Yo! Philly
    Well this is the conclusion of my quest to fit a new speaker to a blown Eden CX110 that was given to me by a friend for helping him move, which was started in THIS THREAD.


    I ended up going with an Eminence Deltalite II 2510, largely based on the recommendation of liam_g. I debated whether or not a tweeter was necessary, but since I was doing this partly for the fun, I decided to go for it. I went with a Pyle Pro PDBT35 mostly because it came from the same place where I bought the Deltalite (Parts Express), and because it fit in the space available. Interesting lessons learned: 1) the tweeter did not work at all when I fully tightened the mounting screws but worked fine when I loosened them by just a few turns, and 2) while the tweeter was not working, I realized that I probably could have done without it if I wanted to save that bit of extra money.

    Having recently sold a bass on consignment, I was planning on pairing this thing with a Genz-Benz Shuttle 3.0 from the same store, but happened to find a used 6.0 on Craigslist for the same price. Wanting the convenience of the G-B Shuttle combos, I fabricated my own handle/bracket as can be seen in the detail below. I may still put some bike handlebar tape on the handle to add carrying comfort.


    Between the Craigslist head and the replacement speakers, I've got about $600 invested - so much for an inexpensive combo like I originally wanted. But it could be compared to a new Shuttle 3.0-10T that sells for about $800 street, plus I have the tube preamp and extra watts of the Shuttle 6.0. And I had a lot of fun doing the whole project. I've never heard a real Shuttle to compare, and I certainly didn't expect an 8x10's volume or low end, but I have to say I'm pretty impressed. I couldn't even really turn it up here in the house - since it's late at night - to see just how loud it would go.

    -- T. G. --
  2. wave rider

    wave rider

    Jan 5, 2005
    Nice work!

    I wonder if tennis racket leather handle wrapping would work too?

  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    looks like a fun deal. ya, quality always costs, but now you have a little rig that will actually put out some juice for smaller gigs.
  4. Fretlessboy


    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics

  5. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    I have a hunch the bracket weighs more than the amp eh?
  6. tommy.genes


    Feb 16, 2006
    Yo! Philly
    That's probably true, but only because the head is already so light. I kept the bracket design minimal to keep the weight down, and to match my beginner welding skills as well as the tools that I had access to. I was reasonably happy with how that all turned out. With the neo speaker, I'm guessing the plywood cabinet is the single heaviest component, although that tweeter - being machined out of solid aluminum - is surprisingly heavy for its size.

    [edit] And I just had to add, I like the way the brushed aluminum of the tweeter matches the brushed aluminum face of the head.

    -- T. G. --

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