Love the floating panels in sand!
Hope you don’t mind if I copy that idea :)
Ive built sand filled boxes to put under some of my components, but they are sealed boxes. The floating panels in sand are intriguing.
Wonder if using silicone to “close” the gap would maintain the floating of the panel, while keeping the sand from spilling?
Thank you for sharing this!
@perkri My understand of the concept is to keep the top isolated from from the sides. I have left a 3/8" gap on all sides and then attached a 1/4" strip of self adhesive foam weather stripping. Keeps the sand in place but maintains the "float". Also allow the top to be removed at any time. Cheers.
You don't look over 20 - your system is bigger than my house. What an accomplishment. It is important to realise that at your age and time on the planet well we (I am 67) are on the downside of the bell shaped curve.
I watched my mother pass on to another world and her final words were, "enjoy your life, spend your money and be happy." My friend you have done so with grace.
What phono cartridge(s) did you settle on? Did you carry anything over, beside the 10 ga power cord? I've had my Kenwood KD 550 on the 1950's style "sand box" since I bought it new. The boxes have been made out of plywood, 2-by-6, and now scavenged walnut from a friend's project. I use it mostly for level, but the vibration damping is great on my suspended floor). I've tried various platforms over the sand, plywood, aluminum plate, butcher block cutting board,MDF and am now using a home made swirled polystyrene 'block' from my recycling experiment. If I make another Plexiglass and colored sand. Seeing your system makes me wonder... if I'd worked hard and played less....... btw I'm 68 ;)
Beautiful system! Love how you invested your time and skills in making parts of it. When you do something like this and or restore components you have an investment in your system that you can’t match otherwise. I’ve done this over the albeit not to your level, with my systems and it brings great satisfaction. I think all audiophiles should do this to some degree. Great work!
Your story is for the most part identical to mine and I am happy to see another out there that doesn't mind a little work for the best possible results. I did the braded speaker cables about 15 years ago when you had to do your own braiding and they didn't have OCC CAT5e wire handy and just recently upgraded those to Cardas 101 wire. Not much difference (Speck wise) but much less bulky and far more manageable. The Equitech 5RQ looks so much like my DIY unit it makes me wonder. But in reality mine doesn't have the internals that the Equitech 5RQ has. I constantly encourage people to get more hands on with their system build. The satisfaction really weighs in, in the end.
@bigtwin Dude, you win ... Lol.
I'm sure there's some rich mother with real deep pockets in our community that has a system that achieves a sound on par with what you have because he (or she) was able to shell out the dough ... but the creative energy you put into building, (and I mean building, in your case) your system has truly got to be almost as big of a payoff as the sound you're getting.
So cool that you gave props to the folks that were instrumental in helping you pull it off. It sounds like you're a real nice guy to work with, evidenced by the level of service they all gave you.
I can only imagine how cool it was to receive the pictures of your speakers in the various stages of being built. What stellar service that was.
Thanks for sharing such a cool post. I'm kind of a do it yourself guy too, and even call myself a wanna be woodworker (Lol) but I would never bite off a project that big.
Way to go, man!
You are master at your craft, or should I say "crafts".
You are a visionary, designer, a builder, a great writer, and a great person who treats those that have worked hard for you with great compliments and sensitivity.
Audiogon is lucky to have people like you on their posts.
@bigtwin For your platforms you should look into Constrained Layer Damping as a construction method using a Polyurethane as the Damping layer. I use the technique to build speaker cabinets and the result is a quite inert structure. I also make footers using the same method. Message me and I will send you an example.
Awesome! I like the amount of DIY. At first glance over the photos I thought you built your own electrostatic panels! That’s too much DIY for me. Glad to see you left that to the specialists, although I bow in reverence to those who build their own panels from scratch.
I’ve built my own speakers, but not the drivers! That speaker pretty much is one big driver.
@bigtwin , I'll just bet you really enjoyed making your speaker cables. I made mine years ago from Kimber Kable 12TC which has teflon insulation and 12 conductors woven to prevent induction. Teflon insulation is wonderful in some respects. You can't burn it so you can get slap happy with your soldering iron and not get into trouble but stripping the stuff? I broke my wire stripper and most of my fingernails. Great wire though. It adds up to 8 gauge each leg. I shudder at the thought of having to do it again. I use 4 passive subwoofers and the SLs so I had to make 6 cables.
I also use SLs. I have 645-8s which are 8 foot tall 645s. They are 4" narrower and a foot taller than your 745s. There are a few things I would not mind discussing with you. If you are game message me.