I think some of you might be as crazy as I am. Well, maybe not quite. I should post some current photos of the small "warehouse" area where I store all of this stuff. I might even have some before and after photos from last year to this year. Now that would be interesting.
The reason I stopped most of the ordering last month wasn't just to get all these kits ready, I also finished up a small insulated room with a whole wall of shelving and a packaging area. Last winter was not so fun packing things up in the cold.
No problem now.
The issue I see with taking this to the next level is fairly obvious. The SEOS project is great, but outside of the AVS forum, not many people know about it. And regarding flat pack speaker kits for the other stuff, outside PE and AVS, not many people know about that either. But internet advertising is very expensive. As in 'Excuse me, how much was that again". It's not just a couple hundred dollars per month.
I wouldn't necessarily have a problem hiring someone and making a go at it, but an internet audio company is likely pretty tough to get rolling. I don't mind the challenge but right now, if no one orders anything, not a big deal. However if I actually had to make money on the stuff to pay for things? Well, that's a different story. Flat packs and DIY kits probably wouldn't be enough. That means completed speakers would need to be looked at. Then we're in competition with companies I might not want to be "competing" with.
I've already talked to PE to see if they wanted to sell the SEOS-12, and they probably will. They said they don't have to mark it up like some of their other stuff because it would likely be purchased with other things they sell. But they still need to mark them up a little for their free shipping. I highly doubt they'd like to sell them........for more than I do. That would be like Chevy selling trucks direct from the factory cheaper than the dealerships.
So maybe they could include that screw on to bolt on adapter I have in the same box for a bit more. If I made them $30, and PE sold them for $35 and included the adapter, it might work out. Then the SEOS design would be seen by many more audio guys. People start looking for kits, then find the incredible DIY Sound Group website and get hooked! Millions start buying kits, Polk and Klipsch go out of business, the DIY speaker designers are getting more money and livin' it up! A far stretch of course. But I have thought about some of that, and it's not out of the question.
The DIY Sound Group website wasn't really suppose to revolve around these waveguides, but they have taken center stage for the moment. The idea was always speaker kits. Now if I talked to the designers, and we agreed to put all these designs under one business name but clearly show who did the design work, then in theory, the DIY community could get much more recognition. That's what I've been thinking about more than anything. It's pretty much set up that way, I just haven't pushed it very hard. But I could be easily persuaded.