Originally Posted by brianjb
I have never done a Kick Starter project, but I am willing to help. As long as you can give me an idea of what you want to say, I can write something up for you.
I think the Kick Starter project would be interesting to try without a heck of a lot to lose. I can get a speaker made up pretty fast with a professional paint job. Then take it to a photographer and get that part taken care of. MTG-90 said he could help with a video. I could ship him the completed speaker to take some videos and maybe do a voice over to explain some of the concepts.
Hopefully we can get Mr. Bwaslo to help with some of the technical stuff, or maybe Coctostan or AudioJosh. Then we would have to turn that into something everyone can easily understand.
We would have to come up with different pledge levels and things like that. I've already sent the SEOS logo to a company to price out some metal emblems made of cooper but finished in an antique silver to keep the glare down. I thought about brushed aluminum or stainless steel, but that might be too shiny. If there are any thoughts on that, let me know because nothing is set in stone yet. I'll have to figure out shipping for international orders and how to go about filling those. I've already sent in drawings to get prices on each waveguide size. They're pretty reasonable.
As mentioned earlier, one of my employees needed a truck, and I had one that didn't get used very often. I sold that to him last month and it was used to fund the subwoofer flat packs. But that money will be back in and I can put it towards this project, along with the other money that went towards the SEOS-12 that has trickled back in over the past year.
The goal wouldn't need to be huge because I would put that extra money towards the project. Maybe a goal of $10k or so would do the SEOS-10 and the SEOS-15. If it goes over that.....we could attempt the SEOS-18. I don't have a price on the SEOS-18 yet, but I'm hoping for under $40.
Doing a project like this would pretty much guarantee that I'd have to hire full time help and really get things moving. It's only been about 9 months since we got the plastic SEOS-12 and it's pretty amazing to see how the DIY community came together to create at least 15-20 speaker designs in that time frame. Right now, I'd say I'm the weakest link trying to do too much by myself. With help packaging and organizing, a lot more could be done.
Having said all of that, anyone that wants to help should get something besides just the name recognition. We would just have to figure in the time and cost to the project goal. Or maybe a set of speakers, who knows. But for a project like this, no reason to donate your time for free.