Old hifi speaker cab conversion

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  1. Doctorx33

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    Last year I bought an old two cabinet tube record player from the late fifties at a thrift store for $40. I haven't looked at the amp in detail, it's some kind of weird early stereo amp, hence it had two cabinets.

    The cabs are real nice furniture. For speaker design, not so much. As enormous as they are, all they contained were a tweeter and an 8" woofer. The cabs didn't even have bottoms to them.

    I decided to make it an open back. I needed some extra wood which came from a pallet I pilfered from work. I cut a bottom and a back and some necessary mounting pieces too.

    The faceplate was rather complicated in the way it was made and attached, so I decided to re-use it. I cut a plug to fill the tweeter hole and had to dream up a way to cut a larger hole in the same place as the eight inch speaker without a place to put the compass to draw the hole. I figured it out though.

    When I finished the faceplate I put a quick coat of paint on it and mounted one of the Wharfedales that used to be in my AC30CC in it, and hooked up my Traynor YBA1A. I'll be darned if it didn't sound good.

    Now that I'm satisfied I'm going to take it apart and refinish the cab to make it look nice. It was a cool project.

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    But is it roadworthy?
    Cool and looks like a fun project, I made a guitar cab out of an old Klipsch speaker that was probably for PA, and eventually stopped using it but it was handy for a while.
    Lots of vintage woodwork goes to the landfill and could be repurposed like this, nice recycling job!
     
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    But is it roadworthy?

    LOL, actually it's a pretty solid cabinet, as good or better than any real wood guitar cabinet. not all that heavy either even with the speaker in it. I really have no intention of taking out of the house anyway.

    here it is with the traynor on top, it fits quite nicely.
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    Yeah tons of home players who are forced to hide roadworthy gear in some back room.
    Also tons of antique radio cabs get crushed, cabs that might pass muster as home decor in situations where space is delegated in some sort of marital agreement.
    I used to buy and sell some antique radios and many were as big as a half stack and quite ornate.
     
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    I love it... very cool, I wish my band had a pair of these either side of our drummer.

    Personally, I think it needs a cool vintage looking grill cloth though.
     
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    I bought a nice piece of beige burlap for grillcloth for it, similar to the original but I'm thinking now maybe I'll go over th Antique Radio and see what they've got.
     
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