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Offline ParkerPlayer

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The Fly Supreme of Speaker Cabs
« on: January 02, 2017, 06:55:31 PM »
Hi All,
This is the second in a series of 3 lightweight speaker cabs I've built.
I thought some of you may enjoy seeing pictures since it reminds me of a Parker Fly Supreme in many ways:
1. Highly figured Maple
2. Carbon Fiber wrapped structure
3. Lightweight (about 10 lbs without the speaker).

https://imageshack.com/a/C4HM/1
'95 Fly Deluxe, Majik Blue, Hard Tail
'96 Fly Classic, Transparent Red 
'98 Fly Classic, Transparent Red
'99 Fly Supreme, Honey
'09 Fly Artist, Custom Hard Tail

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Offline billy

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2017, 07:32:28 PM »
Pretty cool, the maple is beautiful. I see something about carbon fiber, but not sure what you did with it?

A little confused with what I see in the joinery too, but on my phone, and pictures are a little small.

I'm working on a cab too, so very interested in your experience.

Billy

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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2017, 09:54:10 PM »
thanks billy,
I added a couple more pictures.  The inside of each wall is wrapped in carbon cloth as you see in one picture.  Exterior of the walls have thin plywood (not shown) and veneer layers.
There are no joints at the panel edges, they're just glued together.  I'm relying on the speaker wall and the partial back walls to stabilize the  box. 
The clear coat is a 2-part automotive brand epoxy.

https://imageshack.com/a/C4HM/1
'95 Fly Deluxe, Majik Blue, Hard Tail
'96 Fly Classic, Transparent Red 
'98 Fly Classic, Transparent Red
'99 Fly Supreme, Honey
'09 Fly Artist, Custom Hard Tail

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2017, 11:16:13 AM »
I think you're going to run into a lot of negative opinions of that cab build design if you don't use traditional wood working joining methods for the joints (some kind of finger joint design would be best).  I doubt you would find many "working" guitarists believing that those cabinets would survive for long.

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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2017, 07:48:13 PM »
Oh, I see what you did now, thanks for the extra pix.  I agree that way of gluing the walls is not as strong as it could be but I think it's fine for light use or jamming at home. You could add some metal right angle brackets on the inside to make it stronger if you wanted.

I'm doing finger joints on my cabinet, using scrap 3/4" plywood. I think I'm also going to do an open back. Haven't cut anything yet.

I'd be interested to know what the carbon fiber does sound wise, though with the open back I think it might not make much difference.
Billy

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2017, 08:17:41 PM »
Yes, I agree the finger joints would have been much better for strength, but my thought was to treat it more like a nice piece of furniture or a musical instrument, so I don't bang it around much.
As for the sound, it looses some bass response due to it's low mass.  It has a very crisp and clear sound.
'95 Fly Deluxe, Majik Blue, Hard Tail
'96 Fly Classic, Transparent Red 
'98 Fly Classic, Transparent Red
'99 Fly Supreme, Honey
'09 Fly Artist, Custom Hard Tail

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2017, 08:23:33 PM »
It's very pretty!  The carbon fiber work brings it to another level, I only wish I could see more of it.

Thanks for the info on the sound. I might make two backs so I can better decide which way to go.

Great job on the nameplate too.
Billy

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2017, 11:57:22 PM »
thanks billy !

I added some new pictures showing most of the steps involved.
'95 Fly Deluxe, Majik Blue, Hard Tail
'96 Fly Classic, Transparent Red 
'98 Fly Classic, Transparent Red
'99 Fly Supreme, Honey
'09 Fly Artist, Custom Hard Tail

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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2017, 12:04:52 PM »
nice. 
Billy

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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2017, 05:59:48 PM »
Looks nice

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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2017, 06:45:49 PM »
wow wow wow :D

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« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2018, 06:46:45 PM »
pp-far out, love your creativity.  see theis fuchs cab:  fuchsaudiotechnology.com/amplification/speaker-cabinets/

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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2018, 02:52:27 PM »
pp-far out, love your creativity.  see theis fuchs cab:  fuchsaudiotechnology.com/amplification/speaker-cabinets/

Thank you for your comment!  It's become the only cab I use in the living room practice area, mostly because my wife doesn't mind looking at it. 

Looking at the Fuchs cabinets, I see one that appears to be constructed of solid flamed maple.  It's very pretty, but if it is solid maple, it's got to be a heavy beast.  Thanks for the link.
'95 Fly Deluxe, Majik Blue, Hard Tail
'96 Fly Classic, Transparent Red 
'98 Fly Classic, Transparent Red
'99 Fly Supreme, Honey
'09 Fly Artist, Custom Hard Tail