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    Thumbs up Custom AI-1 SDA Dreadnought Project underway

    Well I got started on my AI-1 Dreadnought project today.

    I got the case programed,lasered,formed,and hardwared today. I also got my binding post's from sonicraft today as well. My transformer should be here tomorrow.

    I have to do some layout tonight for the feet then tomorrow I will have it powdercoated black..

    I am going to use my MIT AVT speaker cables to start with and go from there.

    Pics Baby!!!!



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    Can you make one of those pretty cases for me? I can make a granite face for it to match my amps.
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    Very Nice Larry!, Don't make it too nice or everyone will want to order them from you!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasareath View Post
    Very Nice Larry!, Don't make it too nice or everyone will want to order them from you!!!
    Looks a bit to late for that...

    The trouble with Larry is that he is so damn good at this stuff that everything he touches is a must-have upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nooshinjohn View Post
    Looks a bit to late for that...

    The trouble with Larry is that he is so damn good at this stuff that everything he touches is a must-have upgrade.

    I know!!! arrrgghhhhh!!!!!
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    I want one!
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    I WANT ONE!!! Well, just the enclosure. The transformer should arrive tomorrow.

    I wonder if Larry has ever thought of redoing the enclosures of his stereo equipment.
    Statistics show that 98% of us will die at some point in our lifetime.

    The other 2% will work for WalMart.

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    DK -

    Is your Dreadnought enclosure EMI and RFI shielded?
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    Looking very good Larry!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasareath View Post
    Very Nice Larry!, Don't make it too nice or everyone will want to order them from you!!!
    Thanks!!! That seems to happen with every project I do.

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    I want one!
    Ray you have a PM..

    Quote Originally Posted by schwarcw View Post
    Looking very good Larry!!
    Thanks!! I will post some pics tomorrow after powdercoating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOLFORLIFEFAN View Post
    I am going to use my MIT AVT speaker cables to start with and go from there.
    Isn't that the EXp 3 cable? The AVt series has network boxes on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F1nut View Post
    Isn't that the EXp 3 cable? The AVt series has network boxes on them.
    Yes it is Jesse I was thinking of my IC's hanging in the closet. These are the EXp 3's
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    Larry, I envy your skills and talents great stuff. I've sent you a couple of few emails. Have you received them?

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    Wow nice work on the box,it even has PEM's.That would be perfect for a small amplifier project.

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    I got my case back from paint this afternoon and I have to say I'm not excited about it.I guess I had them pushing to hard today before christmas. It's not bad but I can be very anal, and it's not like this box is costing me anything so I will deal with it..lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOLFORLIFEFAN View Post
    I got my case back from paint this afternoon and I have to say I'm not excited about it.I guess I had them pushing to hard today before christmas. It's not bad but I can be very anal, and it's not like this box is costing me anything so I will deal with it..lol

    If it's not up to snuff, I can use it. I would make a granite face and paint it to match my tubes anyway.
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    Granite is for kitchen counter tops, not audio gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    Granite is for kitchen counter tops, not audio gear.
    LOL:tongue:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    Granite is for kitchen counter tops, not audio gear.
    It might look good in combo with a Baltic Birch baffle no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTGV View Post
    It might look good in combo with a Baltic Bitch baffle no?

    Fixed it fer ya....:tongue:



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    Well I'm done but for the Transformer,I am pretty happy with it but I'm thinking of making the faceplate to match the crossover plate on my 1.2tl's with handles and all..

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    The size of the case is 10" X 10" X 4" the transformer is 6.3 X 2.2 if I remember right..
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    It must be SOOO nice to have a shop where you can do this kind of stuff at your disposal

    I'm jealous.

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    Very Nice ! What transformer did you order ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thsmith View Post
    Very Nice ! What transformer did you order ?
    Thanks!!!

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    My Transformer,and my Weller Soldering station was on my front porch!!!

    Goodtimes!!!!

    All thanks go to DK for this project...
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    I was going to make this case out of aluminum I'm very glad I went with steel after receiving this transformer,it has a little weight to it (13+lbs) I did make the face plate out of aluminum.

    I think the steel will be better for mounting this little beast..
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOLFORLIFEFAN View Post
    I was going to make this case out of aluminum I'm very glad I went with steel after receiving this transformer,it has a little weight to it (13+lbs) I did make the face plate out of aluminum.

    I think the steel will be better for mounting this little beast..
    The steel might be a problem. It will raise the inductance of the toroidal transformer windings and may magnetically couple more environmental noise into the inductor. The original AI-1 came in a plastic case.
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    Good point.. What I will do is make 3 more out of aluminum and see if there is a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOOLFORLIFEFAN View Post
    Good point.. What I will do is make 3 more out of aluminum and see if there is a difference.
    You should start making these and selling for profit. Nothing like a part time job to pay for your home audio adventures. I don't need one but I'd bet many on here would buy one for now or the future.
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