The new speakers you're planning....would the cabinets be similar to Green Mountain Audio cabinets ? I have Europa's here. I'm curious.... [/list:u]http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=9364
Lonewolf, the cab design can be seen as a drawing here:
. There are minor changes (ie, the elimination of the "bump-out" in the rear and heavier chamfers on the lower corners) but as you can see it is a parallelogram with a slanted, lean-back profile.
The trip from when the release date was announced (as end-of-June) to this point has been unpredictable at best, and painful at the least. Along the way I've had to help my 81-yr old father move from his house to an apartment in another town and now his health his deteriorating rapidly. The family is coping with his dementia and catching bills that are falling through the cracks (no pun). My family is taking it hard seeing him go from our rock and teacher to the shell he is today.
After sorting out who is to do the granite work (the delays elucidated so well by Robert - see this thread) and working out a backup supplier for the granite fabrication (since it is too risky for me to begin all this without a secondary supplier), I stand back to look at all that we have done to this point and deem the final design to be better than what was originally announced. As an example of the design process: one lesson learned is that if I were to go with the fabricator that made the perfect cuts and crisp edges, I end up with a "box" that looks less attractive and is more difficult to assemble! In this case, hand work becomes more valuable and produces something more "of a piece" when assembled. I'm also finding interest from nontraditional (non-hi-fi) customers that see these as art and a beautiful focal piece in the home. That says a lot for the aesthetics to draw in people that otherwise would never spend so much for a pair of loudspeakers. The bonus is that they would never be exposed to truly highend audio and now will hear what first rate sound can do for them.
As far as the final release date - let me just say that the Sasons are nearing completion and should be ready within two months. I will not sacrifice the quality in order to meet an artificial release date. We are still setting up the assembly shop (at Ridge Street Audio) since Robert's remodeling of the building and contents. This is my only source of income and my full time job, so I am sensitive to any delays that come up between now and their release.
For those individuals patiently waiting (non-AC'ers included of course) and eager to get their hands on the Sasons - I apologize. You will not be disappointed. You will not find another loudspeaker with the same combination of assets as the Sason Ltd.