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The Reed TubaHT Build

post #1 of 97
Thread Starter 
Started my TubaHT by Bill Fitzmaurice today. Much appreciation to MYN for all his help and expertise. Finished cutting all panels, braces, reflectors today. Assembly, Glueing, PL to come tomorrow

picture of dayton 15" dvc alongside Tang Band 6.5" (another Horn I'm Building)



Panels with Dado



Access Panel Cut


Template for woofer cut


All panels cut


Dayton DVC 15" Wired Up


T-Nuts Installed





More Completed pics to come tomorrow.
post #2 of 97
awesome. thanks for sharing. looks like a high quality tht in the making. how do you plan to finish it?
post #3 of 97
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Dados? Show off!

Did you dado the other side or any of the "butted" joints as well?

Looking sweet! You'll be done in no time.


dbl
post #4 of 97
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Originally Posted by dbldare View Post

Dados? Show off!

Did you dado the other side or any of the "butted" joints as well?

Looking sweet! You'll be done in no time.

Dados look sweet but consider them well before using them. If you dado the second side you'll need an absolutely precise build for it to fit in place. That's why I don't specify them.
post #5 of 97
Thread Starter 
yes both side have dados. all panels have dados. I dont know how Iplan to finish it actually. Maybe just paint it a satin black. the sub will be behind an acoustically transparent screen so it wont be seen anyways.

Heading to assemble now should be back in a few with a completed box.
post #6 of 97
Looking real good!

I can't see from the pics but did you put some 2 part 5 min epoxy on the Tnuts?

The reason I ask is because I'm overly paranoid now since one of my hurricane nuts secured with Gorilla glue spun out.
post #7 of 97
Thread Starter 
all is done! WOW!








2 Stacked Definitive Technology SuperCube 1's







This thing is huge! Big Sound! Big Bass!!! Im only powering with a 200w amp right now. Transformers 2 was wicked. As you see by the pictures the sub sits by a window. I believe this thing would shatter that window if I unstrapped its balls, it vibrates bad.

This sub will not be permanent in this room (living room) it will be going down in the basement in my dedicated theater that is under construction right now.
post #8 of 97
So, you haven't turned it all the way up yet?

nice looking kitty..
post #9 of 97
And damn, you completely built this in two days?
post #10 of 97
awesome build man.

btw, where are your mains? ;-)
post #11 of 97
Thread Starter 
Yes took a day and half to complete. First day just cutting and doing dados and routing, and assembly. Second day sand, apply bedliner texture, and install subwoofer.

My mains are actually Definitive Technology InCeiling 5.1. I was going for the stealth look since its in the living room, minus the subs in the corner, but now I got a mammoth in the corner All Components and Wiring run to a central Middle Atlantic rack in the basement.

I shall have more reviews with more time to play, but i really need a different amp and a samson cleanbox in the line. One thing I noticed when playing around was big deep rap bass makes this thing chuckle. The big 15 didnt mind at all. I had to easy up though due to the window.
post #12 of 97
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Originally Posted by Air Supply View Post

And damn, you completely built this in two days?


Excellent build! Do you have any more pics of your build, or did it go too fast for your shutter to capture?

And to Air Supply, I can believe it took him only two days to finish. Look at all his wood working tools in the background! I think he feels "at ease" with this type of build.


Again, great work. It looks amazing!

dbl
post #13 of 97
Off topic, but if that is your workshop I like all the hand tools
post #14 of 97
dbl, I was thinking the same thing. Now THAT is a classic woodworking shop!
post #15 of 97
radman12,

You wouldn't happen to live near the Denver area?.?.? I could use some help with this kinda' stuff.

Please post some pics and details of your build.


dbl
post #16 of 97
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I live in washington actually. I dont have any pictures of the actual build, it went together too fast After all the Dados were in place it was a matter of gorilla glueing everything, applying PL premium, and clamping and waiting. Next day came through, sanded and applied duplicolor black truck liner texture from Schucks Auto Supply.

I did not apply the textured liner with the roller kit as it adds a very textured look. I simply used a standard paint roller and rolled it on. Its not as textured as a truck bed by any means, but its still tough and looks very good.

you only see one wall of tools
post #17 of 97
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Originally Posted by radman12 View Post

One thing I noticed when playing around was big deep rap bass makes this thing chuckle. The big 15 didnt mind at all. I had to easy up though due to the window.

I had the same problem when output/distortion testing at 20Hz...although it was a window that was 12 feet away...had to stop at 114-115dB (still less that 5% THD) at the listening position over 11 feet away from the horn mouth. Near the mouth, the output was in the 120s.

This thing does truly laugh at rap, dnb, dubstep, whatever music you can throw at it, with few exceptions. Most rap music has stuff above 35Hz, and that's in this thing's wheelhouse, seeing as when it's corner loaded it gets you over 105dB with only one watt in...over 125dB with only 100 watts.....

JSS
post #18 of 97
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Originally Posted by radman12 View Post

I live in washington actually. I dont have any pictures of the actual build, it went together too fast After all the Dados were in place it was a matter of gorilla glueing everything, applying PL premium, and clamping and waiting. Next day came through, sanded and applied duplicolor black truck liner texture from Schucks Auto Supply.

I did not apply the textured liner with the roller kit as it adds a very textured look. I simply used a standard paint roller and rolled it on. Its not as textured as a truck bed by any means, but its still tough and looks very good.

you only see one wall of tools

Thegamepimp sure could use your help. He is wanting to build a sub along the lines of what you built and he no longer has the tools to do so. He is a good guy. He posted a thread here: www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1200190 Why don't you PM him and see if you two are anywhere near each other. He lives some where in Washington.

Great job on your sub. Love all of he old wood working tools. Brings back memories.
post #19 of 97
Radman..any more pics of the box before you closed it up?
post #20 of 97
Very nice!!! You need to let her rip!
post #21 of 97
Thread Starter 
I dont have any other pictures of the actual build going together unfortunately. I quite frankly pieced it together as shown in the plans. i have attached a couple more photos below

On the mouth brace I had to perform a little tongue n groove action becuase i didnt have enough wood, so I pieced 2 together, you can see a little seam


box texture applied with a standard paint roller


Driver hole with latext caulk around the woofer in the seams
post #22 of 97
personally, i say crank it and blow-out the window. then, fix the window and have bragging rights that you are one of the elite to actually have blown out a window. i'm not talking cracked, i want to see at least partial blowout. what a signature that would make!
post #23 of 97
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personally, i say crank it and blow-out the window. then, fix the window and have bragging rights that you are one of the elite to actually have blown out a window. i'm not talking cracked, i want to see at least partial blowout. what a signature that would make!

One of my forum members built a herd of T36 pro-sound subs and managed to crack drywall with them.
post #24 of 97
this might not work, but let me give it a try...
set to the theme of "my favorite things"

big-black subwoofers, blowing out windows
changing my neighbors, from friends into foes
high level bass that makes my music sing
these are some of my favorite things

ok, verse one complete. i'll work on verse two. maybe all the holiday tunes on the radio are getting to me. i'd still like to see you blow that window out. ;-)
post #25 of 97
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Originally Posted by LTD02 View Post

this might not work, but let me give it a try...
set to the theme of "my favorite things"

big-black subwoofers, blowing out windows
changing my neighbors, from friends into foes
high level bass that makes my music sing
these are some of my favorite things

Sweet!
post #26 of 97
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Originally Posted by radman12 View Post




Great job on the build, and impressive on the speed you got it done.

But come on now, shouldn't you post more photos of that workshop to brag about???? And even if it's not yours, just tell us it is, we will believe you! Just get some more photos.

Love the "vintage" tools on the wall.
post #27 of 97
the thing is with the set of tools on his back wall (assuming he knows how to use them and i bet that is a good assumption), he could have built his tuba-ht with no electric power (or expansive adhesive) and just a felled tree in a weekend. this is just not a fair fight. nobody should feel bad if it takes them a little longer (hopefully, me included). ;-) even bfm warned about the exactness required of dadoing the L and R main panels. radman just blew right through that. this is just what happens when wood working talent meets horn design talent...success!
post #28 of 97
He even has molding on the opening in the background! A dressed-up work shop!

dbl
post #29 of 97
yeah crazy. i'm just old enough to have had many of those tools in my "first toolbox" handed down to me by my father handed down to him by his father, so i have a deep respect for what one can accomplish with them (and i cannot even come close). my uncle lives in a house built entirely by hand tools as featured on radman's wall. the construction quality of his home rivals the best we have today and it was built over a hundred years ago. his home is a tank of 10" old growth timbers and stone. no nails in the frame either. all major joints are mortised and pegged. when he refurb'd it, he left several of the joints exposed, as a museum piece for the way homes used to be constructed. not saying what we have isn't better, just that what was may not be so far behind (if behind at all).
post #30 of 97
A day and a half!

And if that were not bad enough, now I got that song stuck in my head.
But, at least it's the demented version, which I don't really mind at all.
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