How come this pair look so brown and dark compared to the picture of the Pal dao rosewood pair on the website. The ones on the website are a lot redder which is what I like. Let me know cause I might be interested in purchasing these.
It is difficult to get a perfect color balance when photographing without lighting equipment etc. In comparing these photos with the actual speakers (sitting next to me at this time), they are slightly more red in person, but no a lot. The pictures look a little washed out compared to the speakers themselves as well.
Looking at the SongTower picture on our web site, that veneer was from a different batch. Trees are funny that way - they are never exactly the same. Color and grain patterns can vary widely. This particular batch of veneer was not quite as red, but had a much more striking grain pattern with greater contrast between the light and dark sections.
We could easily do another pair with this same veneer and simply shoot a light coat of rose/red dye on them before the topcoat. The result would be this more striking grain pattern in a color that is more red. That would be no problem.
If you like red/orange, we just got in a spectacular batch of cocobolo. This has the same type of grain pattern as rosewood, but the reddish parts of the wood are a fiery red/orange that makes it appear as if the speaker is on fire.
To give you an idea, here is a picture of a pair of speakers we did with cocobolo front baffles a few years ago.
This is going to make some very nice speakers indeed!