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Some 10+ years ago I built my first "serious" DIY speaker. Back then I didn't have any measurement gear, definitely didn't know how to woodwork, but you have to start somewhere. I started with a 8" 2-way tower, using the Peerless HDS Exclusive 8" and the Peerless HDS tweeter. Back then the HDS tweeter was a new product, and when I saw the results of Zaph's testing I knew it was the right choice. Still one of my favourite domes today, as is the HDS woofer. I meticulously designed a 2-way crossover using only the traced data from Zaph Audio, which turned out rather well, and was my reference that I compared all my future speakers to since I listened to this speaker so much. Later on when I did purchase measurement equipment, I was happy to find the measurement was very good, as Zaph's data was accurate and my design process was correct.
The cabinet construction wasn't terribly bad either considering my severe lack of skills, but I was never happy with the finish. It was intended to hide the flaws and seams, and was a "crackle" finish with just regular acrylic wall paint. The colours and finish didn't really turn out like what I had in my mind.
Recently I found a pair of rare matching Peerless HDS Exclusive 5.25" midrange drivers, and decided to rebuild this speaker as an all HDS 3-way. I wanted to rebuild in the same cabinet rather than send it to the landfill and start over, and that's what I did. I replaced a lot of it with some new wood though, an acacia counter top, finished with Tung Oil. Keeping some of the old design elements, I rebuilt the pillar style footing from acacia, as well I finished the rest of the cabinet in regular acrylic wall paint, but solid colour in matte finish to hide the many imperfections.
This weekend one was assembled and measured. The crossover is designed but I will have to wait for a parts order to build it completely and make some noise. Until then, a photo comparison of how far this speaker has come over 10+ years.