OMG. That is the best DIY speaker build I have ever seen!
You have inspired me. There is an excellent veneer place about a mile from here ( Homecraft Veneer) and I am heading over there Monday to see what i can do with my Encores which are bare MDF. I am thinking the same veneer with red dye and gloss black baffle.
Thanks so much! They've still got a long ways to go, but i've finally made some good progress with the veneer and have the first side, being glued onto the 2nd speaker! Hopefully i can have both sides finished today, & work on the remaining sides here soon.
Nice! Quality sheets of Quilted Maple certainly arent cheap, but if my dye/tone samples are anything to say about it, 100% going to be worth it onces its done.
Getting the right "Red" was tough but, I'm excited to get these finished soon!
And I'm glad I could inspire you to do something similar with your own pair of XLS! I love my pair of XLS, but they were always meant to be a stepping stone for my Studio build, even if my original plans for the veneer was a stained walnut, with a gloss black front.
I really recommend watching Peter's video on applying veneer to his XLS kit and using heatlock glue & paper-backed veneer instead, will be a lot easier to work with, since it wont require any clamps..