Long term goals in Speaker Building
I've gotten to the point where I think I've got a few speakers that really are very competitive with the commercial market. The advantage of the commercial market is their ability to really make nice cabinets. My woodworking is pretty good and improving all the time, but I just don't have the equipment some of these "pros" have so it makes it pretty difficult. That said, I've been using Heat Lock iron on glue from Joewoodworker.com and it has really given me a lot of confidence in my finishing abilities. It simply gives you professional results with no bubbles or the need for a vacuum press.
If I'm going to keep building DIY speakers, there has to be a purpose. One priority of mine is helping others achieve a system that gets you close to those $10k plus HIFI systems. You know, the ones that are supposed to knock your socks off with audio nirvana-esque sound.
Lately I've been looking for a woofer similar to the Hivi D5.8 but at about half the cost. Something like the GR research M130X, only not something that needs that large of a volume, and I prefer a cast frame as well. A custom made option might be a solution but that requires more cash than I'm willing to spend right now. All in time, which brings up the long term goals:
Continue to research all aspects of speaker building.
Offer a variety of free designs for the community.
Maybe make enough money in this hobby somehow to recoup some of the costs...