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    Hi Guys,

    Here are a few pictures of the finished articles; sorry I didn't take pictures of the process.

    http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...speakers1s.jpg

    http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...speakers2s.jpg

    http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/...speakers3s.jpg


    The speakers were stripped down and rebuilt with a 2" hardwood base 1" hardwood top, new xovers and kimber cable. Oh and the front baffle was increased to flush mount the drivers and the drivers are now bolted in place.

    All finished off with Cocobolo veneer and baffles to match our room.

    The stands are Attacama 20" with hardwood front and matching Cocobolo veneer sides and veneered wood top plates. (The difference between wood and metal top plates was quite amazing. So much more musical. )

    The sound Ahh! The sound well they are one of the most musical speakers I have owned. That's no mean feat as the previous three speakers in my room were Audiostatic DC1's, Yamaha 1000's and Tanoy Lancasters 15" gold’s.
    Don't get me wrong, all of the other speakers do some things better than the 149's but these are domestic bliss. Small and work as my fronts for AV as well. What I wasn't prepared for was them producing a soundstage that is as big as the Audiostatics, although the Audiostatics resolution of fine detail was amazing.

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    Holy smokes, they are gorgeous

    Nice one . . . I had some 149's in the 70's, but they never looked like that!
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    They are indeed gorgeous! What a lovely wood.

    To save people clicking the links, here are the photos:





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    They look fantastic !! Can't beat a bit of real tree !

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    Lovely finish. A tip for the grills; if you colour the frames dark, they will look an even colour all over. I have had to redo some in the past 'cos it eventually annoyed me seeing the dark and light areas. Unless you like the look, which is entirely possible.

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    Thanks for doing the pic's Alex.
    I bet that pair of speakers in your avatar go really loud on occasions

    The grills were painted white before covering in the hope of reducing show-through

    The wood is one of the Rosewood family.

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    Stunning

    Well done my friend
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    NICE! I've been after a pair for a while, but thats another thing!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by friendly View Post
    Thanks for doing the pic's Alex.
    I bet that pair of speakers in your avatar go really loud on occasions

    The grills were painted white before covering in the hope of reducing show-through

    The wood is one of the Rosewood family.
    The wood is certainly gorgeous, and the grills are a relatively easy fix, if you want to. You could even have several, kind of change the mood? Red for parties, etc.

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    I actually like the grills a lot - they fit the decor and its refreshing to see something different to black or grey.
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