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    • #11059
      123toid
      Keymaster

      What are you guys doing during the shutdown? Hopefully you guys are getting some projects done. I’m trying to myself. I’ve also been doing some fishing on the pond since the weather’s gotten nicer. I hadn’t really got a chance to fish it yet. but the shutdown is let me try it out a little. We’ve caught mainly crappie, but I’m pretty sure they’re just breeding near the shore which is making it easy. But my wife accidentally caught a pretty big catfish.  It was pretty funny. she was trying to fix her line and let her lure drop all the way to the bottom. Once she fixed her line, she started reeling it in and said I think I got a fish. then a little bit later she goes I got a big fish. Then she got it up on shore and she said, I got a really big fish! It was pretty funny. 






      Both my son’s caught their very first fish as well.


    • #11060
      123toid
      Keymaster

      Today we are able to clear out some of the brush/trees, so we could have some more area to fish. 





    • #11061
      lionelc
      Member

      That’s awesome! Is that on your property?

      We have went through closets, taking out all the clothes we done use to donate them. Cleaned out our shed in the back yard, and also the garage. 

      A lot of cleaning and organizing around the house.

       

      LionelC

    • #11062
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @lionelc

      That’s a really good idea! We should definitely do that as well. Especially in a time of need where people might need that. I was getting ready to contact our mayor when this first started to talk about how can we get the needy meals. But thankfully he was already on top of it. I just don’t want to see anyone go hungry during this time.

      Yes this is on our property. This is the very front of our property. We were blessed enough to be able to get a a little pond. It’s been really nice to be able to fish it during the quarantine. Tomorrow I’m actually going to stock some more fish. Just some copper knows bluegills and a bunch of minnows for everything to feed off of. 

      We have a second really small pond that was used just to water horses. I’m thinking about putting some minnows in there to reproduce, so we can have some live bait and I can release some in the pond every once in awhile for the fish.


    • #11064
      tvor-ceasar
      Moderator

      Working from home. VPNs are a great thing.

      The wife’s side job is considered essential, so 1 weekend day is spent working as well.

      This past Saturday is something I haven’t done in years – absolutely nothing. We binge watched the last 2 seasons of Hap and Leonard. Good show, but it only lasted 3 seasons and 18 episodes total on Sundance.

      I do have an old project I want to get to. We’ll see if I can get some time in the evening…


    • #11065
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @tvor-ceasar

      That’s awesome that you guys are still able to work from home. A lot of people aren’t able to do that. Luckily my wife and I are both still working, but I know that for a lot of people that’s not the case. 

      I’ve never heard of Happ and Leonard. I’ll have to look into it. My wife has been stuck on that new tiger King show on Netflix. Some weird stuff going on in that show.


    • #11066
      tvor-ceasar
      Moderator
      Posted by: @123toid

      @tvor-ceasar

      That’s awesome that you guys are still able to work from home. A lot of people aren’t able to do that. Luckily my wife and I are both still working, but I know that for a lot of people that’s not the case. 

      I’ve never heard of Happ and Leonard. I’ll have to look into it. My wife has been stuck on that new tiger King show on Netflix. Some weird stuff going on in that show.

      Yeah, that was the last thing I had to do before we shut the doors to the public – make sure everyone was up and running on the VPN 2 weeks ago. There’s work to do for my regular part of my job (land surveying), plans, calculations, etc., but I hope this moves through quickly so the world can get back to some normalcy. That, and my knees don’t like the smaller desk area at home.

      My wife caught Hap and Leonard one night late and it was…. interesting. We had to DVR it whenever it was on since the only way we’ve seen to on demand it is to buy each episode individually. Still need to see the full season 1. Let me know if you find it otherwise.

      That pond looks great. I miss being able to go do stuff like that. I hope you get to make lots.of great memories there.

      Do you still have thoughts on doing an outside theater?


    • #11067
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @tvor-ceasar

      It appears that Hap and Leonard is free on Netflix. Found seasons 1-3.  If you don’t have Netflix, you could do a free trial to watch season 

      I do want to do an outdoor theater, but it might be a while. At least until after we’ve opened the pool. We’re considering doing a downstairs renovation during the quarintine. We bought the house Knowing we’d do it. So if that is the case, the theater will be on hold.

      We got quotes on everything and is doable. We just don’t want to start it and then not be able to get something due to the Coronavirus. So we’re still weighing it options 


    • #11091
      pwarren3030
      Participant

      Hello everyone,

      Just did a zoom with my siblings and some of our grown children here in Australia. Its a good way to catch up with everyone and make sure they’re all managing.

      I jagged a $5 for 4 months trial on Tidal and having great fun making some playlists and listening to a few favourite old albums. How easy it is to stream. My gear isn’t quite high end enough to really hear the difference to free Spotify but its great not having the ads. I don’t have a turntable, just mp3’s on my phone and a NAS (3 Tbyte Seagate which is temperamental).

      I’ve been restoring some 1994 Accusound (Australian Brand now out of business) AS3320’s which are a three way with two 12 inch woofers per cabinet. The cabinets were badly water damaged so have needed a lot of work. Today I sanded the 2nd coat of purple paint still trying to get a smooth finish. The woofers also had some tears in the cones and surrounds which I repaired with black silicone from the hardware store. These units sound awesome, but I’m not that experienced an audiophile to be able to compare them with anything. What I have learnt is that a dedicated mid-range really is an improvement over most 2 way speakers that I have experienced. I’m a 3way convert.

      One problem which I haven’t figured out yet is 1 of the four woofers is only working on a limited frequency compared with the other three which sound normal. I don’t think its the driver. I think its the crossover or maybe one of the pots on the front panel which adjust high and mid output.

      Got some other speakers under restoration and for sale as well. Keeps me off the streets. Love to read about other projects on the go.


       

    • #11120
      imcokeman
      Participant

      Not too much with speakers lately, although I looked up REW compatible spl meters (omnimic), fortunately they were out of stock.

      I did a little sound test comparing the JBL control 25s and Klipsch R-41M speakers.  They are a little different with a larger woofer in the jbl, but the Klipsch is ported.  I basically determined, either are good enough above ~80hz so I’ll just use the JBL wherever weather resistance is important.

      Side note, thanks again @123Toid for the amp, that’s what I used for the test.

      As for getting along day to day, doing well spending family time, also started using a steam game called tabletop simulator to allow board game “parties” online during the pandemic.  Also, Pandemic did not turn out so well….

       

    • #11125
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @pwarren3030

      That was a great deal on Tidal!  I should have signed up for that.  Killer deal!  That resotation looks nice.  I have always wanted to find a pair of vintage speakers what the boxes were ruined but component good, to redo.  I think that has a lot of potential.  All that to say, I am envious of your project. 


    • #11126
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @imcokeman

      Are you going to use the JBL for your outdoor theater?  Could be an option.  Maybe add them as height speakers?


    • #11130
      imcokeman
      Participant

      My outdoor theater is 100% hand me downs.  If you can find me a hand me down receiver with a height channel…… =)

    • #11131
      123toid
      Keymaster
    • #11136
      imcokeman
      Participant

      Lol, I should have known =)

       

      Edit: Actually, I could probably use channel B on this one, only issue with this is rear R and Surround R channels are not outputting sound

    • #11160
      pwarren3030
      Participant

      Just sold a 8″ powered sub for $50 I picked up for free.

      New project Small 2 ways but into a 190x190x190 cinder blocks From hardware for $3.10 each. Speakers and crossover from some Samsung surround front speakers I picked up free on hard rubbish. Nice 19mm dome tweeter and 75mm mid. oh and 75mm passive radiators in the rear.



      Plan as satelites with a sub and put on stands made from concrete paver and stel post from the hardware.

    • #11220
      oneway
      Member

      @pwarren3030

      nice! Won’t have to worry about flexing with that enclosure or bracing for that matter. 

    • #11221
      oneway
      Member

      So far I’ve built 2 sub enclosures with 2 jbl’s 10s and a eminence labc12. Working on a set of bookshelves with 2 parts express 6.5s and the Dayton 4” coaxial.



       

    • #11253
      oneway
      Member

      Well got one of them done toady the other one isn’t too far behind (only so many clamps) not completely happy with them looks wise.They’re only the second stereo speakers I’ve built. Coming from the car audio I have built plenty of sub enclosures though. Definitely a new challenge. 
      They sound great considering the drivers I used. Had them hooked up to my parts express 2.1 amp board. We’ll see how they sound in a man cave on more power  

      They’re going in my brothers house. He wants to mount them just above his tv (really only place they’ll go in his room with everything else that’s in there and tv taking up all of the entertainment center) they’re upside down in the pic from how they’ll be mounted.
      I made the boarders myself that was a bit of a pain. I’m thinking about using lumber sometime. I’m not really interested in learning how to veneer and I hate working with mdf. I don’t have a planner but considering using my router. Wouldn’t want to try it on a large project at least not on the first try.

      i have some left over plywood though that I need to use up so I will be building a set of smaller bookshelf’s 2 way(for a buddy)with the 6.5 buy outs and a t25 buy out tweeter with a sd270 10 dvc Dayton. They’ll be hooked up to a Dayton 2.1 amp. Planning on kurffing the bookshelf speakers making the front sides and back out of one piece. 

        

    • #11254
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @pwarren3030

      That is going to be killer.  Don’t you love when you pick stuff up for free and then resell it?  Sure does feel good.


    • #11255
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @oneway

      Dude you are killing it!  I really love that Oak box on top.  Very pretty. 


    • #11257
      oneway
      Member
      Posted by: @123toid

      @oneway

      Dude you are killing it!  I really love that Oak box on top.  Very pretty. 

      Thanks! Nice to hear I’m my biggest critic lol. 

    • #11258
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @oneway

      I hear you.  I am the same way.  Every one of my builds I critique, yet when I give them to the final person, they never see the issues I do.  


    • #11259
      oneway
      Member

      @123toid the difference for me coming from doing exclusively subwoofer enclosures to building pairs of speakers (besides the difference in designing them) is the second one in the pair is slightly better then the first one. 
      too bad wood isn’t free but even by the tenth one I’m sure we could find something wrong with it. 
      idk I’m starting to get excited about the next pair I probably wouldn’t make to ten on the same design anyway. 
      On a side note so far I’ve only heard the Dayton 4” coaxial (single one at that) in the garage but so far I’m liking it and for the price the 6.5 isn’t bad at all sealed. 

    • #11292
      oneway
      Member

      Onto the next. Hopefully I don’t run out of speakers or wood before work picks back up.

       

    • #11294
      123toid
      Keymaster

      My wife and I started a renovation on the house we just bought.  We really like making the house our own (within reason). We get new flooring in tomorrow, so I started ripping up the old flooring only to find this.



       

      Appears whoever installed this door did not caulk around the door, so water just kept leaking there.  This is what a 20year old leak will do.  So today, I had to take up the bad osb and shore up any damages.  Then we installed this new door.  Not planned for, but it really didn’t end up being too bad.  

       


    • #11295
      elliottdesigns
      Participant

      @123toid

      Sounds like that was a lot of work! At least you found it instead of it just spreading further during your time there!

    • #11296
      oneway
      Member

      @123toid unsuspecting surprises like that are the worst. I’m sure you’d rather be doing what I’m working on today. Was going to try going completely around but decided they weren’t deep enough causing too many scores for me to be comfortable enough with the strength of the enclosure. So just 2 bends.

       

    • #11323
      oneway
      Member

      Almost done with this build. Going to a buddy soon. I’m usually pretty careful installing drivers but since these are so cheap I guess I wasn’t thinking about being careful. Did the classic screw driver slip with my cordless driver through one of the tweeter cones. Oh well lost 3$. Another one on the way plus a 6.5 tb sub for the next build. 

      sub box is going with my buddies build along with the little Dayton 2.1 amp. Dayton sd270 10 box 4.0 should be around 26 hz. Not much left to do on it.



       

    • #11332
      oneway
      Member

       




       

       

      All done just got back from installing in my buddies house. He has it in a fairly small room which helps but I’m surprised by the output and sound quality of the sub on the little amp. It actually has bass that can be felt in his room. Not on the same level as some of the set ups I’ve had but I was only expecting it to just fill in the lows. Turned out really well and he is extremely happy. Not sure exactly what he had for a stereo but it was pretty old cheap set up with some small 4” torn up looking speakers and a cheap an/fm cassette deck receive 

    • #11353
      oneway
      Member

      Not too sure how much more time I’ll have before work picks back up. I’ve already working 3 more days this week then the last 2 weeks. 3 days is all I’m working this week. 
      Yesterday I got a


      start on the enclosure for the 6.5 sub. Should come out to .5 @ 36ish hz. 

    • #11371
      phil-g
      Participant


      I built the Paul Carmody Speedsters in hickory and walnut.  I upgraded the capacitors to Clarity CSA.  They produce incredible sound.  I’m listening to them almost constantly to complete the break in period as quickly as possible.  Highly recommend this build.  I’ll post a build thread if anyone is interested.

    • #11372
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @phil-g

      Please do.  I know I would love to see a build log.  That would be awesome.  You did a great job.


    • #11373
      123toid
      Keymaster

      In my down time from building speakers, we have been renovating.  The floor started going down.

      You can see the previous layout of the kitchen.  The fridge was to the right, but that wall will be coming down.

      We then created the island and added the new stove.  Had to run a new gas line.  BUt the stove is back up and running.

       



      The fridge sits forward more than we’d like, so I think we will cut out the wall a little and set it back further. 

      We also laid the floor for the downstairs guest bathroom.


    • #11378
      oneway
      Member

      @phil-g I’m interested too

    • #11379
      imcokeman
      Participant

      @123toid I love that you can see the uglies in the other room, they sort of catch your eye, and ear i’m sure.

    • #11380
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @imcokeman

      : When that wall comes down come we’ll really be able to see them


    • #11382
      123toid
      Keymaster

      Finishing up the guest bath. 

       


    • #11385
      henstanz13
      Participant




       

       

       

      My latest Quarantine build is 2 Speaker inside hard case first one is inside Banyan Startkit  case for Emergency kits holding my N95 mask and the second one is inside Saxophone hard case.

       

    • #11387
      123toid
      Keymaster
    • #11390
      tvor-ceasar
      Moderator

      Even though it’s not a speaker, I did get some time to build a pair of the last things I bought from a Brick and Mortar Radio Shack. And yes, they both work..

       


    • #11391
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @tvor-ceasar

      That is actually really cool.  It is too bad the shack has all but died out.


    • #11393
      tvor-ceasar
      Moderator
      Posted by: @123toid

      @tvor-ceasar

      That is actually really cool.  It is too bad the shack has all but died out.

      Thanks.

      Radio Shack is still online, but nothing like what they used to be, except maybe the prices. 

      These kits were BOGO and still cost over $10 a piece. Most other places you can order are around $3 on a regular day. That’s really why they went belly up.


    • #11444
      123toid
      Keymaster

      My father needs a cane for a little while. I thought I’d try my hand at making him one. I made this out of solid cedar. Not too bad for my first try. Any way I can help a little.





       


    • #11449
      tvor-ceasar
      Moderator

      Nice! I had one like that, but the handle was a separate piece glued on top of the cane. Snapped one day and had to get another one. Yours looks like it’ll stand the test of time. Hope he recovers fully and can put that in a corner somewhere as a fond reminder of you.


    • #11450
      123toid
      Keymaster

      @tvor-ceasar

      Thanks.  I hope so to all accounts.  I hope it is easy for him to use as well.  He used it today and it it really seemed to work well.  I did tell him, if it doesn’t work out for him, no hurt feelings.  I just want him to be safe and get well.  


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