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Originally posted by citizensc citizensc wrote:


Interesting that the drawing from page 1 has parts that are made of 15mm. Look at the PDF for model 5.


Yes, but that's not a perfectly accurate drawing, although it's quite close.

One thing to be aware of is that all the internal woodwork should be rebated into the two large side panels, and the baffle also rebated into the rear panel.

I'd recommend rounding off that sharp corner in the first section of the folded horn, otherwise there's a risk of chuffing noises. The original box used a shaped piece of wood there - see my note further up the thread.
If you search the forum there is quite a lot of information on these boxes that might be helpful, although it will take a bit of finding.

I used to work for Martin Audio and built some of the original boxes.

By the way -  did you know that the late lamented Dave Martin grew up as a farmer's boy, somewhere near Bunbury?


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Originally posted by APC321 APC321 wrote:


Does seem too close to me if you want to avoid all unwanted effects.

I would have thought that you would get some sort of "back pressure" effect that could affect the response of the driver in the box, as well as it's cooling.


The original driver is rear vented and only had 8mm clearance - see pic below

I didn't give it 15mm clearance to match your test, I just felt it was a good amount, almost double that of the original F2B which had no issues. I suspect it will be fine but id love to hear some more opinions, will it cause issues? is it fine? 

Originally posted by madboffin madboffin wrote:

One thing to be aware of is that all the internal woodwork should be rebated into the two large side panels, and the baffle also rebated into the rear panel.

I was just expecting people to do this, I've done it on all my builds. I would imagine if you didn't the cab would rattle and eventually fall apart. 

Originally posted by madboffin madboffin wrote:

I'd recommend rounding off that sharp corner in the first section of the folded horn, otherwise there's a risk of chuffing noises. The original box used a shaped piece of wood there - see my note further up the thread.

Thanks for the idea, I have updated the drawing with a 1cm radius bevel, see the image below. 

As far as potential rattling, based on my past experience I don't think it will. I have 6 double punishers and 4 xtros that have ~100 gigs under their belt with 0 rattles, cabs are still solid, despite being made of 15mm ply. The F2B being made of 18mm has to count for something, also, I have drawn joins so the panels can easily be screwed and glued together. The cab should be rock solid, especially around those cavities.  

Originally posted by madboffin madboffin wrote:

If you search the forum there is quite a lot of information on these boxes that might be helpful, although it will take a bit of finding.
I used to work for Martin Audio and built some of the original boxes.

By the way -  did you know that the late lamented Dave Martin grew up as a farmer's boy, somewhere near Bunbury?

I have done a bit of reading, a lot of interesting posts, interesting how accurate peoples descriptions are despite there being no publicly available plan, even in posts from a decade ago. 

In my mind, I saw Martin Audio as the most English thing since Wallace and Gromit, had no idea the man him self was from Western Australia! although I can imagine most of the people there were English. 

Thanks very much for your help guys, its very much appreciated! 

Up to date drawing: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pjupfqyumvzac77/expanded%20rear%20chamber.skp?dl=0





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it looks to me like the RCF spec sheet for the MB15N405 has a mistake on it - the Mmd of 79.4 looks unlikely because it doesn't work with the other physical paramters to give the correct t/s parameters. maybe the correct Mmd is the figure they have given for Mms - 98g. Still seems like the best driver for this box by a good stretch though.
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Originally posted by snowflake snowflake wrote:

it looks to me like the RCF spec sheet for the MB15N405 has a mistake on it - the Mmd of 79.4 looks unlikely because it doesn't work with the other physical paramters to give the correct t/s parameters. maybe the correct Mmd is the figure they have given for Mms - 98g. Still seems like the best driver for this box by a good stretch though.


I used the dialogue box below to enter the driver paramaters, It calculates Mmd from that. The Mmd I used in the sim was 96.38. 



A member messaged me about the PD.1550, it is only 156mm deep, it should fit fine with my modification to the rear chamber. You may need to increase the radius of the clearance behind the driver to accommodate the larger magnet. 

In sims, its a tiny bit less sensitive than MB15N405 but it looks fine to me. PD.1550 is quite heavy. 

If I were buying new drivers, id go for the MB15N405 but if you have some pd.1550 laying around, they should work fine. 
Grey=MB15N405, Black = PD.1550, 2 F2B @ 8 ohm, 2.83v. 


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Due to sketchup not being everyone's favourite software, I have made a 2d drawing of the cab. I'm not an engineer and am still open to learning, any feedback on the cab or the documentation is welcome. I have attached a PDF as well as the .png image, I strongly recommend to anyone building this, use the PDF, its much clearer. Let me know if I have missed any important measurements. 

PDF: https://www.dropbox.com/s/o8lpfykep02a7qo/v0.1b.pdf?dl=0
Sketchup: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bzn9hki99oc8si8/v0.1b.skp?dl=0



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this look like quite a difficult angle to cut.. what is the angle?

(CBA working it out)

your CAD work looks great though. good stuff.
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this look like quite a difficult angle to cut.. what is the angle?

(CBA working it out)

your CAD work looks great though. good stuff.


changing to 45 degrees will make little difference acoustically. and you could make that part out of a piece of 2"*3" rather than three seperate pieces.
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Originally posted by snowflake snowflake wrote:

Originally posted by cravings cravings wrote:



this look like quite a difficult angle to cut.. what is the angle?

(CBA working it out)

your CAD work looks great though. good stuff.


changing to 45 degrees will make little difference acoustically. and you could make that part out of a piece of 2"*3" rather than three seperate pieces.


the offcut might be just big enought to make the triangle for the corner opposite too!
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when I design something of this scale I usually round all the parts to the nearest 5mm and work from the mouth backwards adjusting all the parts to meet up. just makes it easier when you are cutting as most rulers and tools have their scales clearly marked in 5mm increments - will save a lot of squinting. round angles to 5degrees if possible. and most router depth guages have 3mm increments so make all your rebates either 3mm or 6mm.


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Originally posted by snowflake snowflake wrote:

when I design something of this scale I usually round all the parts to the nearest 5mm and work from the mouth backwards adjusting all the parts to meet up. just makes it easier when you are cutting as most rulers and tools have their scales clearly marked in 5mm increments - will save a lot of squinting. round angles to 5degrees if possible. and most router depth guages have 3mm increments so make all your rebates either 3mm or 6mm.


This does sound like a good idea, I think i'm just so paranoid about killing the 'magic' of the F2B that is described by people that have experienced it.

Thanks for the comments so far, i'm taking it all onboard, I will focus on improving the quality of life for the builder in the next version. 
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Originally posted by snowflake snowflake wrote:

the offcut might be just big enought to make the triangle for the corner opposite too!


oh good call!
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