I'll try to answer all those questions at the same time: Without designs, I don't know what to get cut or what's coming in the near future. That sums it up pretty good.
But I'll go into more details.
When someone says we need a 1, 2, 3, 4 cu ft boxes, that's good news......I already have the prototypes for short, fat, narrow, tall, deep, shallow, ported, sealed, single baffle, double baffle, etc. They're all sitting here. But it doesn't do any good if I don't know what woofers or ports. Those holes must all be cut at the same time the box is, which means we need exact box descriptions. To a CNC programmer, there's no such thing as a 2 cu ft box for 12" woofers. The first thing they will say is "What shape is the box, where are the ports, what diameters are the port and woofer cut outs?" There's literally 500 different ways to do that enclosure.
If I don't know what to get cut, it's just a guess and likely a waste of money and time. Having only 5 boxes cut for each "prototype" gets very expensive when I have no idea if that's the right "generic" box that people want. And those prototype boxes will likely get trashed later once the real design is figured out.
I'm not even remotely aggravated or anything like that, so don't take this post wrong. BUT, this is slowly going to turn into the same thing as the subwoofer thread. "It would be great to have a 1.25 cu ft box for a 12" woofer, when will those be ready?" Again, that means nothing for the CNC programmer without me knowing every single detail and what woofer. This is why I've been asking for 3 months.
I would like to get something for the JBL 15's, but if there is no design or exact box dimensions, it doesn't make sense for me to spend $500+ to get another 5 small prototype boxes made and then find out everyone wanted different shaped boxes.
I've done pretty good as the facilitator bringing it all together and funding it to crazy levels. But I'm not a speaker designer yet. So at this point, all I can do is work with what the group gives me to work with and hope the stuff moves. The waveguides are here, the compression drivers are here, I can get the flat packs cut for specific designs, and Bill will show me how to turn a crossover design into a pre-assembled board. The rest is up to speaker designers.
As for future things, I will do what designers want. If there is no design for a 15" or 18" A&E woofer, there will be no flat packs because 'a box for a woofer' leaves the options open way too much.
I'll work very fast when I have something specific to work on. Edited by Erich H - 8/2/12 at 2:43pm