ed schilling wrote:
Ray, you'd be shocked at the number of "statement" speakers my favorite speaker has replaced. Fancy drivers do not a statement make.
Look at it this way....I've been designing and building speakers for more than 40 years......I am not restricted to any brand or type driver. I can build any enclosure design you can dream up. So axe your self, why do I not use Lowthers? The reason is simple. I'm not swayed by all the BS claims and anecdotal comments about them and their cabinet designs. Overhyped, overpriced and mediocre performance. no thanks! A pair of Medallions (DX4? I can't remember the exact model but they were correct for the cabs) once tried to stand in The Horns shadow. It was ugly and brutal for them. They sounded ok until we swapped them. They never got cut on again. Of 10 or 12 guys, no one cared to hear them a second time. For the whole weekend. They did look good standing next to the wall. The owner was not happy.
If I were building a speaker for the 300B it would be a backloaded corner horn 2 way with a series xover and a Heil driver. The Heil makes a Lowther sound broken BTW...............oh wait.............that system is already being made and I've heard it!
I also must point out there are few iof any "BLH's" that actually are that. Not a single "BLH" that has a front exit is a proper horn...and I could care less who designed it (fostex, Lowther, etc)....period. The proper mouth on a 50Hz horn is almost as big as a door unless corner loaded and then it must be a rear exit. So it is not a proper horn with a front exit smaller than 1/2 a door in size. The term "BLH" is used fast and loose and seldom accurate.
For a Lowther in any cabinet to reach 30Hz it either must be making extreme excursion ( high distortion) at high outputs or it can not make high output. Those pesky laws and all..........
There is no way a Lowther that can play flat to 30hz can possibly play R&R at live volumes. A system
that can not play all types of music at live levels is simply severely compromised. Joni at a whisper or Metallica at 103db peaks should be easy for any system.
If people based their opinion of the quality of Bruce's amps based on cost or them being a kit he'd not sell a single one. They do not cost enough to possibly be any good and then you have to build it. See what I mean?
ps....I wish I had your CNC ability! I need a monocore made for my next form 1 silencer when I get the stamp