only on the outside though
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only on the outside though
Depending on the angle and amount of light it changes colour quite dramatically, but then so do my RS1s...
And up against the unfinished wood for comparison...
don't do the insides!
Well, the nice postman put 2 large jiffy bags through my letterbox today, one containing 3 metres of mogami 2893 and a neutrik plug (ordered a month ago but out of stock) and the other some assorted heatshrink (ordered yesterday lunch time from http://www.heatshrink-online.co.uk/ - highly recommended if you're in the uk and need any).
After a little cutting, soldering, fiddling and heating, a cable is made...
I was planning on trying to use a heat shrink end cap to make the Y split by punching a couple of holes in it, but i couldn't get them big enough or neat enough for my liking to thread the individual sides through, so i resorted to regular adhesive lined heatshrink, 8mm 4:1 if anyone is that interested. The cable north of the split has clear 2.4mm 2:1 heatshrink, which was only just large enough to comfortably thread the two wires through. I also got some black of the same size and shrink ratio, but the clear stuff felt more flexible before shrinking so i went with that.
Close up of the split...
For now i've hard wired it in, since i'll need to make the cable entry hole bigger to accommodate the SMC connector, and i want to do that on a pillar drill, which will have to wait till i go into the workshop next.
I'm quite impressed by the neutrik plug, nice and solid. What you can't see here is the innards, which has a bit that grips the cable as you screw the end in, so the solder joints are isolated from movement of the cable.
These look great and inspired me to buy a wood lathe. I started a thread to try and get a few pointers from the experts.
rav, fyi, that first wood is indeed purple heart and the 2nd doesn't look like any mahogany i've used. I'd guess khaya if pressed, it's a diff family from mahog I velieve and is harder as well. Could be a good choice however regardless. As you found, the purpleheart is super dense and tough to work, burns easy unless your tools are razor sharp. Any sound differences you notice? I'd predict the purple is a bit more strident? Try making a set of the 2nd wood at 1 1/8" head to toe, you may find the sound more natural. Have fun and keep on truckin'
It's been a while since i listened to the purple set, but my first impression when i put the drivers in the browns was that they (the brown) were brighter (like the difference between flats and bowls brighter, but without doing an a/b i can't back that up). I think i prefer the sound of the purple from memory, and i do plan on making another set, and also putting the drivers back in while i do the finish on the bown so i can have another listen with fresh ears. Trouble is that it's got really cold just recently so working in an open ended workshop with no heating has lost its appeal slightly...
I asked an acquaintance of mine who restores antique furnature and he wondered if it might be a type of cherry wood. It really sands well, like super smooth at 600 grit, where the brown still feels a little rough, although the direction of the grain might be a factor there as well. The brown wood has a very similar grain pattern (the little cross grain pores to be exact) to one of my sets of RS1s, so i'm quite confident that it is mahogany of some sort, the shop i got it from said it was (although i didn't ask for any providence or anything). It's dense, but nowhere near as dense as the purple.