Tuesday, April 21, 2015


It's been a very long road to get the MVW cabs to where they are now.  So many people have been incredibly patient waiting for us to make it happen.  Bringing a new product to market is one of the hardest jobs imaginable.  It also carries huge risks.

This has certainly been a collaborative effort.  Between the designers, me, dealers, and beta tester end users.  We are almost there.  The standard line is firm.
The PA tops are as follows:

GC25's in two models, the standard and the ACH for installations. 2x5" with compression driver. Perfect for coffee house style gigs, and installations for background and moderate volume levels.  I have a couple of bluegrass bands using them in pairs on either side.  More than enough.

GC28's for bigger gigs. The model we recommend for bands, djs and such.  It takes about 3 GC25's to equal the output of the GC28.  2x8 coaxial drivers.  The power of a 15" cab in a much smaller footprint with all the MVW magic.  I can't find my GC28 pics. doh. 

GC210.  The big player.  Loud, low, flat response, and oh, did I say loud?  2 10" neodymium drivers and 2 Faital Wg101 waveguides with compression drivers, center fired.  Only for the big stuff.  Outdoor festivals and such. Finished pics in the next week or so.  We have 4 cabs built to this point.  I can't wait to run them.

WT8 Line Array Series:
These have taken a very long time to get them where we wanted them.  Lots of ergonomic factors in a line array.  When you're going to fly cabs you better get it right.  They are done, the flying hardware will be done in about 6-8 weeks.  A permanent installation model with fly points is available now.  These are what we installed in Texas at the Marine Creek Church.  They are the best cab in the lineup.  Self powered option will be available at the same time as the flying hardware.  Pics to come. 


There's lot going on here in subs.  Many styles
RachE line:
RachE 12.  Probably the best sounding subwoofer I've ever heard when loaded with a lab12.  Available with a several different drivers for different needs.  Lower or louder determined by the driver
RachE15.  Amazing punch and power for the size.  Easily transportable, more output than the 12.  Once again several drivers are available.

Red Label Series
SLVX212.  Now we're getting serious.  Full on dual original MVW waveguides.  Big wavefronts, deep response. This is my recommended sub for dj's and have more transport room.  It does edm without breathing hard. 
SLVX215.  More of the same.  Still an easily transportable size. 
SLVX218.  Not for the faint of heart.  325lbs, 5 ft tall.  A true pro touring sub.  Output that must be heard to be believed. 

Here's a pic of the Silver Wheels Skating Rink in Parsons with a temporary setup of 2 GC28's and a SLVX218.  When the final install gets done, it will be 2 GC28's, 4 GC25's and a single SLVX218.  It sounds amazing now, will be insane when I get it done. 160ft long rink, barely a 3db dropoff to the very back of the building.  They're just tickling the lights on the amplifiers running 100-105db.  We've never opened it up all the way, but I have no doubt it will reach 125db in this place.

Tested and true is important in pro sound.  I have had a system in place in the Parsons Theater now for almost 3 years.  Mains, surrounds and subwoofers. It runs every day, 7 days a week, 6-10 hours a day.  The mains are a now discontinued model, the subs are RachE18's, and the surrounds are a GC25 variant.  Not a peep of problems.

So there you have it.  The GCSoundworks website is next.  If I survive the rest of the coding for Speakerhardware.  It's about done, on the downhill side of that project. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Efficiency, maybe

I know I've talked about us redoing the shop, thought I'd post some pics.  It has improved workflows dramatically.  I know on a mfg scale it looks like a moderate sized hobbyist shop, but you'd be surprised at how quickly stuff can get cut up and assembled. Really we're only using half the space for work area.  At one point the other side was nice and tidy, but you can guess how long that lasted.  It will become work area also when we need it.  Another SawStop cabinet saw is waiting in the wings to be setup. 

But, we may not need to expand it much more than this.  I now have 2 cnc shops working with me cutting out the more complex parts, in quantities.  That will eliminate a crapload of router work on the flat pack kits, which is the most time consuming part.  Still working out a few details, but my first order of parts is on the way.  

New tool time.

 M-Power recently sent me some samples of their router basepoint to point marker, and trammel set for evaluation. I alread had one of their excellent scribers.   We'll give them all a go in the shop and report back.  I think the router base will probably end up on every router I own, just from watching their video.  I really like my Jasper Jig, but I hate the fact that it takes a dedicated router.  I think the CRB7 will be just as fast, and keep my router versatile. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

One offs, but I like it.

We don't do many one offs or special orders in the cabinet shop that are outside the standard fare of fEARful, Bill Fitzmaurice, or BigE MVW cabs.  It can get really complicated very quickly, and most of the one offs that get requested they basically want me to design them a cab.  I can, but that's a completely separate deal from cutting out a box from a drawing.

When I do take them on, I make very clear that you have to be patient.  One offs get done in between other stuff.  It's also hard coming up with pricing for something you've never done.

Having said all that, recently I had a customer ask about a 1x12 guitar cab in a flat pack.  He supplied excellent engineering drawings, agreed to all my bitchy conditions, and we were off.

I like it a lot.  I'm going to put it up on the new site.  It's clean, simple, and looks really nice.  He ordered 2 flat packs, and we started assembling one on accident.  I'm glad we did. 

It features several ports sizes for tuning.  Nice profile, a step above the standard guitar cab, some actual thought went into designing it.

Here's a couple of pics.

Wow, the quality of these are terrible.  I have a new camera to take pics with, a Nikon D40.  It creates a raw file in the nikon format.  When I converted these to jpegs with Gimp it made a mess.  Going to have to figure that one out.

Thanks for the advice on the pics Charles.  Fixed with a nice little image converter I found.  

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Not much new

I just keep churning away on the new website. It's a massive project. But I will get there. In the meantime, while breathlessly anticipating new and interesting blogs from me, you should be looking at these forums. http://forum.bigeloudspeakers.com/ http://billfitzmaurice.info/forum/ http://greenboy.us/forum/ They'll help with that audio jones. If you've got places you hang out on regularly post them up. I'm always looking for forums I can contribute something to. It's hard to post sometimes on forums, because of the commercial interest, but I try to be helpful. And be sure to subscribe to my facebook page. www.facebook.com/speakerhardware. I post woodworking tips and videos all the time along with a few shameless plugs for stuff.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

I need to cut some plywood.

I find working in the shop very Zen. It's focused, can be intense, but is incredibly calming to my psyche. There's just something about work, and working with my hands that just takes me to another place.
 Having said that, spending days doing stuff like this:
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Creating paths to images, descriptions, page setups. and such is not quite the same. Okay it's not the same at all. I do get in the zone doing this, but it's a weird zone. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Writing, writing writing

Man the new website is killing me. I am adding the complete line of FaitalPro and 18sound speakers. And updating the Eminence and Beyma lines. According the web gurus, you should have unique descriptions for your products, not the ones from the manufacturers. Okay, so I'm going to sit down and listen to around 300 different drivers and create an opinion. Riiiight. I will have more descriptions on the ones I have direct knowledge of, which actually is quite a few. There's lots of changes coming to SpeakerHardware. Even bigger ones to the sister site GCSoundworks. Stay tuned batfans/.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Glazed eyeballs.

Shows how glazed I am. This is almost a repost of the previous blog.  I'd forgotten I put it up. 

I've been rebuilding SpeakerHardware and GC Soundworks from the ground up.  It all started with getting the bookkeeping where it should be.  That took 2 months.

Then we totally rebuilt the shop.  Changed all the workflows, added a couple of new toys.  It now functions much better than my original design. That took a month.  More pics to come. 

Now the real fun has begun.  Rebuilding the websites.  Been a long time since I did any of this webmaster type stuff.  Sitting in front of a computer 8-10 hrs a day sucks, a lot.  Just grinding out path links and checking EVERYTHING 3 times.  At some point I'll turn it over to real web gurus to make it all pretty.  No point in having them do the grunt work.  DIY, don't cha know. 

I'm pretty excited about it actually.  It should be easier to navigate, far more informative, with an up to date look.  The old site is getting pretty stale, it's been up almost 4 years.   An eternity is web years.