There was yesterday somebody at the Audio Asylum sewers, asked about possibility of building a multi-way horn installation but he did not want to cut own horns. I posted a reply that the AA dirt of course was vandalized. I intended it to and replay pretty much with objective to post it at my site as I feel the subject is very worthy. I know that it is would not be possible to collaborate this subject for anyone at AA and the most of the cretins in there are just too stupid to understand the subject (and too angry about it) and they use moronic attacks/accusations in order… to learn something. I unfortunately much know these people’ ways…
Anyhow, here is response that wrote. I think it has some, from my point of view, very interesting points.
“Well, you need to make architectural decision what you would like to pursue how much you would like to invest DIY efforts. With the second part is simple – I am in a same boat and prefer to recruit labor instead of doing the things myself. With the first part is complex. I would propose to start thinking the entire architecture of your future horn system from the throat size of your upperbass horn. Knowing the upperbass throat size and the driver you will know the size of the upperbass horn and will know where it will roll off. Knowing it you will know what know what MF driver/horn you will be using. You will also know where your upperbass will roll off at bottom and will be able to consider your lower bass options.
About the horn-makers. I personally like all horns to have the same feel and so they do not look as that they were picked from different junk yards. So, it is a good to have one person to do everything, otherwise you need to demand from the different hornmakers to follow exactly your specification and you will see that it is very-very difficult. It is good idea to brew own local wood turner. Sit with a phone for a few hours and call to woodshops 1-2 hours from your big city (wherever you are). Some of them have a slow business and they will be willing to undertake some new crazy projects. The prices in this way would be much- much cheaper, even if you need to do 3-4 times the same horn and to pay for each attempt.
Ironically to make horns if the simplest parts in the game – the right design ideas and right sound-inflicting choices are the keys. About the choices- here is where the majority of the AA Morons are completely without any sensibility. The design ideas are not the “horn plans” but an overview of your future installation as a part of integral system. It is a big subject that has a lot of to do with many others divert topics and I obviously not willing to go into it at this forum of audio drain. However, if you do not do your homework of binding your architectural decisions with the different proposed elements of your installation then you will not make many mistakes that would screw up sound. Horns are VERY simple to make to sound good – you just do not need to make mistakes and the properly used horns will do all the rest.”Rgs, Romy the caT
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche