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  1. Ronnie Ferrell

    Weekly RoundUp 7/26/2005

    YES!!!!!!! Errol Morris DVD Collection FINALLY!!!! I've been waiting OH SOOOOO long for Vernon FL to be released again. It has been OOP WAY toooooo long. I've only seen this via a copy of a copy of a copy of a bad VHS dub. Can't wait! Ronnie
  2. Ronnie Ferrell

    Costco: LOTR: EE DVDs $17.99 each (FoTR, TTT, RoTK)

    Thanks! Good deal if you don't have them yet or need one to finish up your set! I missed all the sales around x-mas so this was a great deal for me, $54 for the set! You do need a coupon, but they had stacks of them at the front door. Ronnie
  3. Ronnie Ferrell

    Speaker Stand Filling

    If you use 3/4" MDF the internal volume will be down to 4.5 x 4.5 x 44. Might not take as much sand as you think. 44" is pretty tall though. Mine are around 6x6x30. I filled them about 3/4 with sand and then stuffed the rest with polyfil. I have a fill hole on the top under the speaker. The...
  4. Ronnie Ferrell

    Solid wood vs MDF

    You might already know this but if not, the Baltic Birch they are talking about is void free 13-ply not a single ply of wood. The 13 ply makes it very ridged. Ronnie
  5. Ronnie Ferrell

    cutting sonotube caps

    I'm happy with Whiteside as well. There are a lot of good router bits out there but Whiteside has given me the best bang for my buck. They are not the cheapest but are usually the cheapest of the high quality bits. Woodcraft has them but they charge too much for them. I get them from...
  6. Ronnie Ferrell

    I Hate T-Nuts. Alternatives?

    :bThanks for the compliment!:b All the "finesse" work I did on the inside does not make it sound any better, but I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to building stuff... Ronnie
  7. Ronnie Ferrell

    DVD Storage

    I whipped this out one weekend from scrap MDF. I still have not painted it yet... The top 4 rows are sized for CDs. The next 4 rows are sized for DVDs and VHS tapes. And the bottom row is sized for Disney VHS tape cases. I still need about 2 more of these to hold all of my CDs... rf
  8. Ronnie Ferrell

    Whats better for me?

    Before doing anything, please see the following site: rf
  9. Ronnie Ferrell

    seal between driver and MDF?

    Need the name? How about a picture? From your local Home Depot. Don't know if this is the exact width and height I used, but it is very close. rf
  10. Ronnie Ferrell

    spl meters

    I'd go for the analog meter. For one, it's cheaper. And two, It will give you more visual feedback than the digital meter will. I can exactly remember but I think the digital meter rounds off to the nearest 1/2db, i.e. 75, 75.5, 76, 76.5, etc. Whereas the needle can show you everything between...
  11. Ronnie Ferrell

    GR Research A/V-3

    I have not heard the A/V-3S but here is my take on it: It's not that one is better than the other, it's that they are different for different applications, needs, and personal likes? A/V-2: Ported, will play deeper. Has the sound characteristics of a ported speaker. 4-Ohm load. Needs some...
  12. Ronnie Ferrell

    GR Research A/V-3

    Direct cut-&-paste quote from Danny's link above: "This sealed box design allows it to be used as a center channel speaker or as left and right mains when placement dictates that they be up against a wall or mounted in an entertainment system." rf
  13. Ronnie Ferrell

    mounting an AV15: T Nuts?

    Denis, Sounds like you have never had a t-nut back out of MDF when trying to unscrew a driver mounting bolt. Just the slightest bit of pressure can push the t-nut out of MDF. (i.e- the pressure you have to exert to get the screw loosened in the first place.) When this happens, unless you have...
  14. Ronnie Ferrell

    mounting an AV15: T Nuts?

    yes and no. Yes they have threaded inserts but they do not have "knife" like threads which hold well in MDF. They would not be any better than using wood screws IMHO. The ones in the link I posted above work really well and are pretty cheap. McFeely's is a good company. Here are some build...
  15. Ronnie Ferrell

    mounting an AV15: T Nuts?

    I do not recommend using t-nuts with MDF because the teeth/prongs of the t-nuts will not hold in MDF. T-nuts work well in real wood and plywood, but not MDF. If you are set on using t-nuts, be sure to glue small pieces of 3/4" plywood to the back of the MDF baffle where the t-nuts will go...
  16. Ronnie Ferrell

    mounting an AV15: T Nuts?

    T-nuts would be my LAST choice. Choices in order: 1. Threaded inserts 2. Screws T-Nuts As for weather stripping I think this is what I used from Home Depot: rf
  17. Ronnie Ferrell

    Tempest in a sealed box

    Check with HTF user "KyleGS". He built the 67L sealed high-Q and did not like it at all. I think he finally settled on a 100L sealed HEAVILY stuffed enclosure. IMHO, If it HAS to be that small I'd use a different driver than the Tempest. Ronnie
  18. Ronnie Ferrell

    Considering GR AV3s, here come the questions.

    Hank, those look awesome! How much of a secret is your secret oil recipe? Also, do you get your rosewood veneer locally or from Tape-Ease? If from Tape-Ease, is that the rosewood with "Mostly Dark" or with "Color Variation" like the website denotes? ...I'm not even going to acknowledge the...
  19. Ronnie Ferrell

    Quickest, easiest finish solutions for enclosures?

    I LOVE IT! That reminds me of my brother-in-law. He astro-turfed his entire apartment while in college. Talk about easy cleanup after a party!
  20. Ronnie Ferrell

    Considering GR AV3s, here come the questions.

    Justin, I agree! I also think the A/V-3s I've seen before Hanks look kinda awkward. But man Hank, those look really nice. Usually I am a "no grill" kinda of speaker guy. But the A/V-3s do look better with grills. It is amazing how much the grills help to break up the long vertical awkwardness...
  21. Ronnie Ferrell

    end table subwoofers?

    Perry, I don't have the slightest idea what software I used to do that model. I did it over 1.5 years ago. It was some GNU software I downloaded from or and tossed on my FreeBSD box just to play around with. The sub is the only thing I modeled with it...
  22. Ronnie Ferrell

    end table subwoofers?

    I only went 1.5" on the top and 1.5" on the bottom baffle. The side walls are .75" MDF. Besides that, the box is "straight by the book" Mid-Q sealed Tempest. Here are the build photos of the cabinet if you are interested. The first one is...
  23. Ronnie Ferrell

    end table subwoofers?

    My sub is a 122L Tempest "end table" with a 250 plate amp. It will shake the pictures on the wall in the next room but the top of the sub does not vibrate. We have a lamp and some pictures on it now and they do not move at all when playing LOTR. One thing though... the top of my sub is 2.25"...
  24. Ronnie Ferrell

    Consensus on Polyurethane Glues?

    I used the stuff to build my A/V-1s. I've never used it again. That's because I had 1/2 a bottle left over and when I went to use it again a month or two later, the bottle was dried up. The stuff is WAY over priced to begin with and the very short shelf life doubled the cost for me. As long...
  25. Ronnie Ferrell

    Connecting plate amp to tempest

    Yep! It's just cheap Home Depot 14-ga. speaker wire and "crimp style" spade connectors. rf
  26. Ronnie Ferrell

    Connecting plate amp to tempest

    Marc, I had the same question as you when I built my Tempest so I took pictures to show others. Homemade jumper cables Jumper cables installed. Later I tucked a little polyfil under the wires the keep them from rattling against the back of the driver. The extra set of spades...
  27. Ronnie Ferrell

    Will a GR AV-3S play fine if horizontal?

    James, I use a A/V-2 as my center channel. I ported it on the front and it is in the horizontal position as well. I LOVE it. I was in the same boat as you. It had to go on top of my TV in my Entertainment Armoire. I even had to change the dimensions a little to get it to fit. I made sure to keep...
  28. Ronnie Ferrell

    Dave Poehlman inspired me! DIY Media Storage

    It's not at all wobbly. I thought it might be because of the height. I was planning on anchoring it to the wall with a small L-bracket at the top but I am not going to now. It leans nicely against the wall. I would not put it out in the middle of a room though. Ronnie
  29. Ronnie Ferrell

    Dave Poehlman inspired me! DIY Media Storage

    reference thread Dave Poehlman asked a few questions last week about DIY DVD storage shelves. He inspired me to use up some scrap MDF I have had around for a while. This cost me all of $4. The only thing I had to purchase was the backer-board. Not bad for $4 and a Saturday in the shop...
  30. Ronnie Ferrell

    must have tools for building speakers?

    I'd go with the normal flush trim bit. I use 1/2" flush trim bit that has a sheer. I don't see one exactly like it from whiteside. This is the one I have. I only use this bit for trimming veneer. Ronnie