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I just don't know what to do.... How to finish DIY Speakers..

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Brett DiMichele, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    As many may know I was interested in John Janowitz's Line
    Arrays from the start and they will be shipping to me soon.

    So I have been racking my brain on how I want to finish a
    speaker that deserves something spectacular. My problem is
    that I am not much of a "Wood" guy.. All of the types of
    wood that I appreciate are far too costly and hard to work
    with. An example of the types of wood I like: Corinthian
    Burled Elm....

    I have never worked with veneer before and to try and lay
    down an exotic wood veneer is a recipe for disaster!

    From day one I wanted to incorperate something "high tech"
    into the finishing process. I decided on using real Carbon
    Fiber somewhere in the finish of the enclosures.

    So I was sitting here thinking.. The midrange drivers look
    like "kevlar" (they are woven fiberglass) and I am using
    twill Carbon Fiber on the speaker's baffles which will be
    finished in a super high gloss resin.. Since the drivers
    are yellow woven fiber and the baffles will be real carbon
    fiber why not paint the top and bottom, sides and back in
    Ferrari Red? Red,yellow,Carbon and Black Granite for the
    bases oozes of Ferrari's color scheme.. But is it "too much"??

    I can finish the cabinets in any auto finish (base coat /
    clear coat and buffed to perfection). Advant Garde has
    numerous colors which look gorgeous on thier horns..

    So I could go with the scheme above or I could do a very
    pure white or metallic silver or maybe even a bright
    metallic green?

    I would like to hear what everyone has to say... I realize
    it may be "too much" no matter what color I go with.. I
    know some guys here are die hard wood fanatics but wood
    just doesn't cut it for me.. Also bear in mind I have no
    W... so I have no WAF! It only has to please me.. And only
    ME...
     
  2. Hank Frankenberg

    Hank Frankenberg Screenwriter

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    I'm thinking that a carbon fibre baffle would look SO COOL contrasted with sides and top painted in gloss Ferari red!!
    If you do that, Brett, there will definitely be a cool award for you. Also, if you do it, either your're not married, or you have a very unique/understanding wife.[​IMG]
     
  3. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Hank,

    I am SOnot married! And never will be (fingers crossed)....


    Happily Single! [​IMG]

    See my logic was that the Ferrari scheme is in most cases
    Ferrari Red, Yellow Kevlar, Black Carbon Fiber and adding
    the black Granite Bases would fit in with the scheme.

    And we are talking a show paint job.. If I go that route
    I am going to have them professionaly sprayed and will have
    numerous thick coats of chemical hardening 2 stage auto
    primer shot over the base coat. I figure I can have both
    the cabinets prepped and shot for $200/$300 which is on par
    with what an exotic veneer would run me.

    I just want to make sure I choose the right color.. I could
    go with white or silver or green or heck anything.. These
    are not going to match anything. Rather they are going to
    be a huge focal point! (As they should be!) And with my
    Tube Amps sitting beside each Array it can be like...
    "High Tech meets Old Tech" [​IMG]
     
  4. Brian Bunge

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    I think it sounds like a cool ass idea! I say go for it! It may clash with your pink carpet, but what the hell! [​IMG]

    You should also at least consider Hank's snow leopard fabric. [​IMG]
     
  5. dave alan

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    Carbon fiber, gloss red and black granite...sounds like an excellent choice.

    I think it'll look like a million bucks.
     
  6. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Damn you Brian... I am going to rip my damn carpet out just
    to quit getting beaten up by the likes of you! [​IMG]


    So the consensus is that Gloss Red/CF and Black Granite
    is a good combo.... okie dokie [​IMG]

    There is no guarentee I won't change my mind another million
    times but that combo is at the top of my list!
     
  7. Alex-F-V

    Alex-F-V Stunt Coordinator

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    I am just imagining the red and yellow of the ferarri and the auto finish and begin to drool. I think it would be a fantastic look... you should get goin on that now because I want to see it! [​IMG]
     
  8. Chris Keen

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    Hey, if you're gonna make it look like a Ferrari, then do it all up!

    Slap a couple of these on there and you can call'em your Modena!

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Chris,

    I thought about it... But what model should they be...

    Modena, Barachetta, Enzo, Maranello ???? [​IMG]
     
  10. Mike SJ

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    I say line them with matching carpet. I cant imagine anything cooler than pink fuzzy speakers [​IMG]

    PS Brett, how much do you know about tube amps? I just received 2 Bogen Model# MO100 mono tube amps. one just hums, and the other dont do a thing. Im waiting on the manuals but Im not an electrical engineer so the manual probably wont help at all. If you know a quick fix, drop me a line
     
  11. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Mike,

    I am no electronics expert either.. The hum could be caused
    by a loose or non existant chasis ground or possibly a
    dying capacitor. How old are these? Most vintage tube amps
    need all the capacitors replaced since capacitors by nature
    self destruct (electrolytic corrosion).

    How about the tubes themselves? Maybe a tube could be toast
    in the amp that's non functional.
     
  12. Hank Frankenberg

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    Funny about the Ferari thing. We just had Pininfarina, the company that's designed Ferari for 40+ years, to do our new line of digital projectors:
    http://www.3m.com/meetings/product_c...dp/index.jhtml
    Maybe I should get some red and yellow spray paint and do a couple of the S10's[​IMG]
     
  13. ChristopherD

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    Go old school Rosso Corsa and call them 166 Barchettas.
     
  14. Alex-F-V

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    No go 550 Maranello's..... they just sound intimidating!!
     
  15. Chris Keen

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    Maranello or Modena, how can you lose?

    You might have to use nickel or titanium five-way binding posts to emulate exhaust pipes on the exotics! [​IMG]
    See Parts Express part 091-1246
    [​IMG]
     
  16. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Chris,

    Good idea [​IMG]

    And if I decide to build the ported version I could use a
    pair of Monza chrome slash cut exhaust tips as the Ports [​IMG]


    Would it be cheesy to put a Pininfarina badge on the bases?
    I found sweet Pininfarina badges on ebay cheap [​IMG]

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  17. ChristopherD

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    Definitely go with the Pininfarina tags, unless you can hook up some vintage Vignale logos.
     
  18. ChristopherD

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    By the by, you have excellent taste, Mr. DiMichele.
     
  19. Owen Bartley

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    Brett, I have to say... I'm a little disappointed you didn't model and render these already! Lets see em!

    Also, I think if you're going to go that route, I might spray em yellow and keep the black/yellow scheme. I think that would look fantastic. Or if you wanted something a little less ostentatious, do them in black (sort of piano gloss black) or gun metal/graphite, with some silver in it to make them shimmer in the right light. Wait... Yep, thats the one. Thats what I'd do. [​IMG]
     
  20. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Chris,

    I wouldn't say I have that great of taste.. I am honestly
    not a real big Tifosi.. Raging Bulls are my cup of tea but
    Lamborghini doesn't have a particular "color scheme" like
    Ferrari does [​IMG]

    Owen,

    I have been working on a 3D model but I just can't seem to
    get the "glossy red" material right.. I maxed out the specularity
    and it's still not shiny enough to look real..

    I'm workin on it! [​IMG]
     

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