Ok, I've been dragged in!
A lot of people really like the sound of the Vittora speakers, but cannot afford them, and/or they are too big for their rooms. I've been asked over and over again if I could produce a speaker that has the same characteristic Volti sound as the Vittora, but at a lower price point and in a smaller cabinet. This is very difficult to do. It would be much easier to build a bigger and more expensive horn speaker.
So I've been working on this project for the last two years. In the back of my shop their are several failed attempts (cabinets) to attest to how difficult this task has been.
A couple of weeks ago I became inspired again and began working on a new idea. Use all the same components that are in the Vittora, but make a much smaller and very simple cabinet. Smaller and simple will keep costs down. Same components at Vittora should result in a similar voicing.
I just hit on something with this design and it just all came together very quickly. I worked day and night on it. My wife and I are at our old shop in Maine right now, living right here in the shop.
Gary and Pete allowed me to 'crash the party' as Pete says, which was very nice of them, sharing time with the Living Voice speakers. Selling the Rivals at the show was unexpected and a nice bonus. Now I can buy more plywood and components and do it again! But the real value in bringing the Rivals to CAF was the feedback I got from Pete and Gary, for me to gain a better understanding of the design and how to move forward on it. There are some changes coming for the final version.