Awesome job.. They look amazing! The only thing that could make them even better looking (just my taste) is a Cherry/Black combo.
Did you remove the front woofer gasket? I'm not a fan of the way the stock gasket looks either. If you did indeed removed it, how hard was it to take it off? A flat-head screwdriver and Goo Gone?
Now that you had the speakers up and running for a month, could you give a more detailed impression of the Tempests? I'm about to pull the trigger on a DIY Tempest set, but need a little pushing.
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