A tale of two designers

When I started SpeakerHardware many years ago I had a vision. I wanted a place where talented amateur designers could bring their speaker designs to the rest of us. To be honest, I kind of lost that focus over time. The success of the Bill Fitzmaurice and greenboy diy speaker cabinets just kind of overwhelmed the original goal.

I have come back to that original goal with this new website. I have been pursuing new designs and designers for a while now, and will continue to do so. A bit of background and introduction to my 2 original designers is warranted.

Bill Fitzmaurice designs specializes in horns. Bill’s original site consisted of just 2 cabs, the DR250 and the Tuba 24 subwoofer. Which I built about 6 months after he first went on line. His designs were the motivation for SpeakerHardware. For which I owe Bill a debt of gratitude. Over the years it’s evolved into a complete line of PA, Bass Guitar, Subwoofers, Monitors and Home Audio. For practically every DIY cab of Bill’s designs we provide parts, flatpacks and support. Many years of audio engineering experience give Bill real world insights into what’s needed and what’s not. The hallmarks of his DIY cabs are affordability, efficiency, yankee ingenuity and tremendous support from his forum billfitzmaurice.info.

Dave greenboy Green was the second designer to come on board. Dave designed a series of bass guitar plans called the fEARfuls and just released them to the world for free. After a couple of builders of fEARful greenboy bass cabs approached me about supplying them parts, I asked Dave for permission to sell kits based on his plans. Extensively tested, tweaked and used by Dave himself before releasing, they represent a true boutique DIY bass guitar cabinet. The user base is quite large, motivated and helpful. His forum also provides a great deal of support greenboy.us.forum. There is also an extended line of cabs called Fearless which are Authorized builder models only, of which we can build those also.

Next time, the 3 new designers that have come on board.

Now the start of a recurring part of my blog. The SpeakerHardware shop sits next to the railroad tracks. Once upon a time our town was the headquarters of the MKT Railroad. Where my shop is located there were at one time 12 tracks running through town. The railroad is still important here, although now there are only 2 main tracks, and a half dozen or so switching tracks. Which is all a long way round to saying I take pictures of the best graffiti that comes by the shop on the rail cars. Some of it’s pretty astounding. I’m going to start posting a few with every blog. Just for fun.
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Welcome to the new SpeakerHardware

This has been a long road to make this website happen. I started planning and working on it over 2 years ago. The original site grew organically as the business grew. As a result, it was a mess. The average DIY speaker cabinet builder would drop in and have no idea what was going on. The clients coming from the Bill Fitzmaurice Forum, the greenboy fEARful/fearless forum,  and the BigE forum generally got around okay, but it was still confusing.

This is intended to fix all that. Expanded product offerings, better layouts and more information than ever before. It’s also mobile friendly.

I’m restarting my blog here and will be posting regular updates. There will be tips, tricks, videos from my youtube channel, and more. Show off your work. Post it to instagram, Facebook, twitter or any social media with #speakerhardware. I’ll find it and repost links to it here. Maybe your masterwork will get posted to the rotating banner.

Thanks for coming by. This is an amazing business with really excellent customers who are fun. We build fun stuff, and have a good time doing it. Please leave some comments on how you like the site and changes you’d like to see.  Just click the read more button below.

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Leland

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