I've done a lot of thinking over the past few months.
Sometimes that can be positive.
The concept of offering very unique and thoroughly engineered woofers midranges and tweeters has always appealed to me. Hence when we put together this website I made sure there were spaces and pictures as well as specifications for all these driver ideas.
As people have been asking for these drivers I have had to say more times than I would like to that they are coming. I have no stock.
I don't like to do that. If it's going to be on this website I want to be able to offer it.
Short and to the point I can't afford to tie up money in driver inventory. Just keeping 100 pieces of each driver that I had spaces for on this website would cost me more than twice what I take home each year. Dead inventory is not income. And that had to change.
Um.... this is a business. As in my source of income to keep paying the bills. Simplest answer that I can give is that selling drivers is not a quick and or easy way to develop an income. Especially when you are self financing.
So what's the plan man!
I have had the privilege of designing quite a few fully functioning loudspeakers over the years. They have gotten reviews as being very neutral clear and accurate reproducers of sound. And that makes me happy. Because that is what I was working towards in the first place!
So over this winter I will be putting together a suite of very high quality finished loudspeakers.
Some are totally new designs. Some are the fulfillment of previous designs that I can now do a little differently and a little better.
So you designed loudspeakers for?
Myself. Starting in 1989. Small monitor design using a Dynaudio 15W75 and a D28AF
CSS 2010 High efficiency design that never went public. These used Faital Pro woofers and planars from Akip.
Funk Audio in 2011 I started helping Nathan redesign his subwoofer driver. The elements that made the greatest changes were the setup pf the magnet wedges in a spaced and indexed configuration and the angled radial cooling holes through the pole piece.
I designed the 2 way, MTM and the large floor standing system that was displayed at the RMAF in 2013. The large format loudspeaker was never turned over to Nathan. He continues to use the front panel design that I did.
Two designs that were described and discussed were a surround speaker that Nathan proceeded to try out and a wide band horn system with horn subwoofer. Those were design concepts. The details were never forwarded to Nathan.
In 2010 and 2011 I worked with Greg Roberts of Volti Audio. He was looking for a design for a loudspeaker that he wanted to offer. He had a whole bunch of ideas. That was good. Ideas are the seed of getting things done. Over about 8 months I was able to work with Greg training him on how to measure drivers, measure rudimentary acoustic response of loudspeakers and walk him through quite a few design possibilities in a program called Hornresp. I ended up designing the bass section of the Vittora and the accompanied subwoofer. I also designed some cabinets for a very high priced Feastrex wideband driver that he was offering.
In 2010 I get a call from Don Morrison who introduces himself and he asks if I can design him a driver like the old Audire Audio Extremis. I can says I. He asks how much? A price is given and we agree to meet over beer and Pizza in Peterborough Ontario. Near half way between us for the two of us. He talks to me for about an hour and slides an envelop of cash. With a handshake we have been doing business ever since. I helped him modify and tweak the bass section of his Omni-directional point source as well as design his woofers and tweeters ever since.
Unlike the other parties mentioned above (CSS, Funk Audio, and Volti Audio) Don actually pays his bills. If I had proper royalty payments from all parties profiting from my design work I would be in decent a financial position. So if you want to blame someone for the changes....
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