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post #2386 of 2423

That's what I'm hoping for! I ordered my drivers and cups from turbulent about 4 weeks ago. Just got my cups, hoping my drivers are coming in this week!

post #2387 of 2423

Keep us posted!

post #2388 of 2423

Magnum drivers here, with distancers on Marty wooden cups and G-Cush. Magnum 1000? Love them btw :)

post #2389 of 2423
Pics! Pics!
post #2390 of 2423

How does one build such a beast? Mostly interested in how you install the drivers exactly :ph34r: 


Edited by apatN - 12/31/13 at 4:02am
post #2391 of 2423
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Originally Posted by xaval View Post
 

Magnum drivers here, with distancers on Marty wooden cups and G-Cush. Magnum 1000? Love them btw :)

Are you using the 14mm distance? 

 

I made one set of limba cups with the 14mm spacer built in.  I haven't used them yet for a couple of reasons:  I love just listening to the MS1s (with distancers and G-cush) that I've only had a couple of weeks, and the turbulent X drivers I ordered haven't arrived yet. Should be here in a weeks.

 

I'm not sure how the limba cups will sound because I put a load of oil and wax on them before I realized I probably shouldn't do that.

post #2392 of 2423

It went like this...

 

I own the #001 Marty full woody jacket as can be seen on his site "where it all started". It's a lovely Cebil and Paduak combo. The pics were taken during the construction and assembly process, but they should give a good idea of it all: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69278404@N07/sets/72157629288985715/

 

Nickchen supplied a nice 11mm pair distancers which I attached with blutac kind of thingy so it would be reversible. Yes I keep the velvety stuff on them as it tames the highs - no need to mod what has been thoroughly researched and tested.

 

The G-Cushs are Grado standard foamies that I got to play around with all Grado stuff that I have around me. I've played with cheaper materials by other vendors... waste of time and money - go with Grado!

 

The Magnums are v3.5

 

Installing the drivers is a process that can be achieved under several approaches. The way the cups are built by the craftsman will dictate the correct method of instalation. On this specific cups case, it's required some sort of rubber ring that will secure the driver against the cup. This was Marty's first effort and as lovely as the set is, it would be bettered on instances of his production process (I have more Marty stuff with me), namely the gimbals and the fixation of the drivers against the cups.

post #2393 of 2423
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Originally Posted by xaval View Post
 

It went like this...

 

I own the #001 Marty full woody jacket as can be seen on his site "where it all started". It's a lovely Cebil and Paduak combo. The pics were taken during the construction and assembly process, but they should give a good idea of it all: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69278404@N07/sets/72157629288985715/

 

Nickchen supplied a nice 11mm pair distancers which I attached with blutac kind of thingy so it would be reversible. Yes I keep the velvety stuff on them as it tames the highs - no need to mod what has been thoroughly researched and tested.

 

The G-Cushs are Grado standard foamies that I got to play around with all Grado stuff that I have around me. I've played with cheaper materials by other vendors... waste of time and money - go with Grado!

 

The Magnums are v3.5

 

Installing the drivers is a process that can be achieved under several approaches. The way the cups are built by the craftsman will dictate the correct method of instalation. On this specific cups case, it's required some sort of rubber ring that will secure the driver against the cup. This was Marty's first effort and as lovely as the set is, it would be bettered on instances of his production process (I have more Marty stuff with me), namely the gimbals and the fixation of the drivers against the cups.

 

Thank you for the information.  I'm not familiar any of Marty's product or his website but they do look really nice.

 

So far I have been turning my cups on a lathe and have been building in the spacers.  I like the idea of a removable spacer (like I have on my MS1s) and I will probably make a couple out of wood.  One of the great things about using the G-cush pads is that with 14mm spacers you can barely see the spacers and I expect with the 11mm spacers the spacer is completely hidden by the pads. 

 

I can custom make my cups for a tight fit with a set of drivers but they will be harder to install and remove.  I like the idea of using foam tape on the driver to facilitate a snug fit, but I'm not convinced that the tape doesn't reduce the effect of the wood's resonances. 

 

If I get mine sounding really, really great, I may invest in some better headbands and gimbals.  Right now I plan to use headbands and "gimbals" from the $10 Auvio HP I got from Radio Shack on Black Friday. 

post #2394 of 2423
Thread Starter 

Don't want to be the party crusher, but I've yet to hear a Magnum 1000 that did sound as good as a MS1K or a Ulti. The 2 models I built for others were okay-ish, but...

post #2395 of 2423
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Originally Posted by nickchen View Post
 

Don't want to be the party crusher, but I've yet to hear a Magnum 1000 that did sound as good as a MS1K or a Ulti. The 2 models I built for others were okay-ish, but...

I expect to find out in the near future.  nickchen, a couple of questions:  Is the Ultimate clearly better than the MS1K?  Anywhere near worth 5 times the price?  What the best driver you have heard in your "Grado" type cups?

post #2396 of 2423
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Originally Posted by chinook9 View Post
 

 

I can custom make my cups for a tight fit with a set of drivers but they will be harder to install and remove.  I like the idea of using foam tape on the driver to facilitate a snug fit, but I'm not convinced that the tape doesn't reduce the effect of the wood's resonances. 

 

 

Check here for a great look at how these cups were turned http://www.head-fi.org/t/576717/grado-modders-go-magnum/2850#post_9792480

 

The drivers just snap in with a thumb press.

 

Foam tape also works very well. Grado uses plastic on non-wood drivers...

post #2397 of 2423
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Originally Posted by xaval View Post
 

Check here for a great look at how these cups were turned http://www.head-fi.org/t/576717/grado-modders-go-magnum/2850#post_9792480

 

The drivers just snap in with a thumb press.

 

Foam tape also works very well. Grado uses plastic on non-wood drivers...


Thank you for the Link.  I have read that thread quite a bit but I still want to check it some more. 

 

I am looking for some foam tape but haven't been able to find any so far.  I like the idea of a press fit into the wood much better, but I expect I will experiment a bit and I know all my cups won't be the exact same size and I will try a few different drivers which I'm sure won't be the same size.

 

If anyone know a source of foam tape I would appreciate the information.

post #2398 of 2423
I use this stuff...

The product is "Weather-and-Fire-Retardant Foam, Adhesive-Back, 1/16" Thick, 3/8" W, 50' L", and the part number is 8694K112:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#8694k112/=pg39yy

The website is a touch counter-intuitive, but if you go to the "build order" link in the top right, and enter the part number you should be all set (if my memory serves me well).
post #2399 of 2423
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post

I use this stuff...

The product is "Weather-and-Fire-Retardant Foam, Adhesive-Back, 1/16" Thick, 3/8" W, 50' L", and the part number is 8694K112:

http://www.mcmaster.com/#8694k112/=pg39yy

The website is a touch counter-intuitive, but if you go to the "build order" link in the top right, and enter the part number you should be all set (if my memory serves me well).

Thank you!  I will go ahead and order a roll of that if shipping is not too bad.

post #2400 of 2423
I don't recall it being nightmarish, buts been about a year since I ordered. One roll lasts a long time...
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