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Wow, just stumbled upon this thread. Those look amazing! They remind me of the JBL everest styling.

One minor suggestion, if it is helpful. Early diffraction is the worst type of diffraction for imaging and spatial cues. The upper and lower fingernail where the curved front overhangs the front baffle could cause such diffraction. A very easy fix that would be very aesthetically congruent would be to obtain some high density wool felt*, maybe a 1/4" thick, dye it black if you can't source black already, apply it to this fingernail and trim to profile. It should be visually imperceptible but sonically helpful.

* let me know if you have a hard time understanding the kind I refer to. I sourced mine a long while back and can't recall the exact details, but it looks like a very dense matt not hairy in any way.
 

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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. ;)


Thanks

I will definitely give a subjective review soon along with some comparisons to other speakers I've built and some commercial offering that to are stand outs in performance and price.

Cherry red does sound like a great option, maybe if I get bored after having these I'll dye them ;)
 

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Wow, just stumbled upon this thread. Those look amazing! They remind me of the JBL everest styling.

One minor suggestion, if it is helpful. Early diffraction is the worst type of diffraction for imaging and spatial cues. The upper and lower fingernail where the curved front overhangs the front baffle could cause such diffraction. A very easy fix that would be very aesthetically congruent would be to obtain some high density wool felt*, maybe a 1/4" thick, dye it black if you can't source black already, apply it to this fingernail and trim to profile. It should be visually imperceptible but sonically helpful.

* let me know if you have a hard time understanding the kind I refer to. I sourced mine a long while back and can't recall the exact details, but it looks like a very dense matt not hairy in any way.

Thanks Josh do you have a link to help out?
 

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I am quoting ThomasW from HTguide

I use a local supplier I found in the yellow pages. Other's with no local supplier use www.mcmastercarr.com Scroll down to the Raw Material/Springs section and click on the Felt link.

It doesn't need to be very thick 1/4" -3/8" is fine
It is often used to make gaskets. I bought two rolls of various thicknesses (I think 1/4 and 3/8) some while back to use for projects. You need pieces to be moderately long but not very wide.
 

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I am quoting ThomasW from HTguide

It is often used to make gaskets. I bought two rolls of various thicknesses (I think 1/4 and 3/8) some while back to use for projects. You need pieces to be moderately long but not very wide.
Perfect, thanks again Josh. I'll be ordering some of this soon and adding it when I can. I never would have thought of this!
 

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Glad to help. It should, at least in theory, be quite beneficial and its not too expensive to try.
 

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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?
I hate the stock gaskets, makes them look cheap and making a new ring out of mdf was extremely easy and effective upgrade in my opinion ;)

All you have to do to get them off is gently pry them off from the outside edge. Most of the glue is on the inside edge and with a little muscle, it comes right off. I used a sharpy the clean up the edges from the gasket and very little amount of rubber cement to glue the new mdf rings on.
 
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