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My second pair, Lou's Piccolata

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  • Silver1omo
    started a topic My second pair, Lou's Piccolata

    My second pair, Lou's Piccolata

    I finally built my second pair of speakers. I decided to build Lou's Piccolata.
    I decided that I wanted to build something different to the statement monitors I have, so two way, paper cone and dome tweeter sounded about right.
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    I made a huge amount of mistakes on this build and they still sound great. They produce a lot of bass, a lot more than I expected from a 4 incher and the tweeter is very sweet.

  • ernperkins
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    I bet Lou is smiling from above. Great work!

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  • Silver1omo
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    Thanks! the veneer "strip" was very flat so I just cut the appropriate lengths and prepped the cab (a lot of sanding).
    Cut pieces of 1/2" MDF (what I had on hand, would preferred 3/4") with just a bit of overhang (~5mm per side).
    Apply glue to the cab with a foam roller (one side at a time), align the veneer, here an extra pair of hands help a lot, then carefully put the MDF layer and a couple cauls (here I just used strips of 1/2" MDF) to spread the pressure and clamp the hell of it.
    Trim the veneer with an exacto knife and then sand flat, rinse and repeat.

    I did the sides first and the top at the end, the bottom is painted.

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  • dustinbagby
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    These are beautiful. I am a sucker for the dark cabs/light baffle combo.

    Your veneer job is amazing. I use paperbacked and can never quite get my edges as clean as id like them. I am too scared to use raw wood (I dont know a think about flattening it, and dont have the necessary tools). What process did you use?

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  • Silver1omo
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    Thanks!

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  • Kevin K.
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    Super Nice! The matching amp makes the whole system look refined and sophisticated.

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  • isaeagle4031
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    Wowza! Nice work man!

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  • Silver1omo
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    Just realized that I did not update this thread...
    So, quick phone pics:

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  • Silver1omo
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    Re: My second pair, Lou's Piccolata

    Getting close.
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  • Silver1omo
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    Re: My second pair, Lou's Piccolata

    Good question... The horizontal lines should be enough, and that is what I'm doing in the second baffle, but I guess that the entire circles give an idea of completeness, or something...

    Originally posted by dcibel View Post
    These look to be coming along very nicely. I'm just nitpicking here, but I've always wondered why some people draw circular outlines for their speaker holes. Is it just to visualize the layout? I've always drawn straight lines horizontally on the top and bottom of the driver, then draw an X accross it to mark the centre point, which seems easier to me. Again, I'm just speaking out loud here, not saying you're doing anything wrong, just curious.

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  • dcibel
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    Re: My second pair, Lou's Piccolata

    Originally posted by Silver1omo View Post
    Laying out the baffle.
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    These look to be coming along very nicely. I'm just nitpicking here, but I've always wondered why some people draw circular outlines for their speaker holes. Is it just to visualize the layout? I've always drawn straight lines horizontally on the top and bottom of the driver, then draw an X accross it to mark the centre point, which seems easier to me. Again, I'm just speaking out loud here, not saying you're doing anything wrong, just curious.

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  • Silver1omo
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    Re: My second pair, Lou's Piccolata

    Originally posted by Mike b View Post
    These look very nice.
    Thanks!

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  • Mike b
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    These look very nice.

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  • Silver1omo
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    Got the idea of matching the face of the amp...

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  • JasonP
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    Wait another baffle? What happened to the other one? It was looking pretty nice

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