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By drunk monkey (drunkmonkey) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 11:16 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I saw on the DIY Towers web site someone had made some basic 6" speaker housings out of some 6" PVC pipe. The pic they showed looked pretty good and clean. Most importantly it is cheap.

Has anyone here made cans like these, or any one have any opinions?

 
By Eric G. (cinder1995) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 1:28 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I did. They turned out really good and sounded identical to $600 polished aluminum bling-bling cans.
 
By drunk monkey (drunkmonkey) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 2:34 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
cool, the white would look better on my boat anyway.

any pics or suggestions?

 
By Brad Duffy (the_madness) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 2:47 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I could hook you up with a pair of white powdercoated aluminum cans (without speakers and clamps) for $200. Basically copies of the Mako cans.
 
By drunk monkey (drunkmonkey) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 3:35 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
thanks, but I'm thinking if the PVC route sounds just as good, or close...I can probably do it myself for much cheaper. thanks though.

being on a budget sucks...lottery draws again Saturday though.

 
By Mark Anderson (puckinshat) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 3:41 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Hey monkey, I was looking at doing the same thing, but after looking at nvs1.net, i am convinced 8's with horns are the way to go over skimpy 6's that you can't even hear while riding. I just need a tower to put them on!
 
By Daniel Galloway (mississippireb) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 3:44 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I've just finished mine, they look and sound pretty good, but I put a good bit of work into them. The paint job could have been a little smoother, but I was just ready to get through with them. I'll try and post some photos.
 
By Daniel Galloway (mississippireb) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 3:48 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
http://www.malibuboatowners.com/forums/index.php?&act=Garage&CODE=14&type=garage_gallery&id=586

http://www.malibuboatowners.com/forums/index.php?&act=Garage&CODE=14&type=garage_mod&id=236

 
By Brad Duffy (the_madness) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 3:49 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Mark, I be Duane could figure out a to mount a Entity 808 to a pylon if you have one. I haven't seen many sweet pylon setups, but it think that would look pretty sic.

Drunk Monkey,

I also played around with some PVC options as well. A 6" PVC endcap with a 6" piece of pvc pibe slid/glued into it and cut off flush fits a MB quart 6.5" perfectly and resembles a titan bullet enclosure.

 
By Mark Anderson (puckinshat) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 4:29 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
But for the $1000 I would spend on an Entity, I would buy a tower instead. Gotta make the scratch before you can spend it is what I always say.
 
By Ral (mc_driver) on Thursday, March 18, 2004 - 10:32 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
The speakers in those PVC pipes on the DIY website are RF HPC1206(6 1/2") I did assemble them with just the endcap, but there was too much distortion at high volumes. They sound so much better with the coupler. The total cost (incl speakers) to build those enclosures was less than $150.

The original post was on the other site(wb) back in April of last year..

Ral

 
By Eric G. (cinder1995) on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 8:42 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Instead of using an end cap, I used a sheet of 1/2" plastic. Cut out two circles and epoxied them. After I sanded and painted them, you can't see any seems and they don't leak any sound at all.
 
By Mark Anderson (puckinshat) on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 12:13 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Anyone know if they make 8" PVC?
 
By Brad Duffy (the_madness) on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 12:21 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I've never seen 8" PVC, but for fun once I got some 8" dia concrete forms (thick round cardboard tubes), cut them about 10" in length and made a plywood endcap that fit in the inner diameter on one end and a ring that fit in the inner diameter of the other end. I then wrapped the whole thing in fiberglass and then smoothed it out with bondo. I came out prety cool, but it took quite a few hours and made quite a mess just to make one can. Sorry I don't have any pics of this one.

Also, I noticed that from tube to tube the 8" forme vary up to 3/4" in diameter, so if you try something like this bring a tape measure and pick the diameter you want, then make sure the tube is longe enough that you can cut all of your enclosures out of it so they will all be the same size.

 
By John Strain (jmanjohn) on Friday, March 19, 2004 - 10:20 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I think I will share, Not the best looking but they sound pretty darn good, And pretty inexpensive.
Cans were built at the local sheet metal shop powder coating done by the shop next door mounts are from rhino gear used from a wake world member. Amp is a PPI 4800 and electronic crossover added to eliminate some of the base to help with distortion. No question can be heard behind the boat. Trial and error By Myself and Scottay, Who has made a similar pair. Speakers are Crystals Less then $400 invested (+ amp)
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By John Strain (jmanjohn) on Saturday, March 20, 2004 - 6:48 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
That May not have sounded the way I had meant, I meant they are not polished or the best looking, their a lot of "home made speakers" posted lately that are really nice looking. Mine do not compete in that category.
 
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