Save money, build your own speakers
At least, that's what I thought. I'm pretty good with my hands, having knocked the odd book case together, can saw a straight line, so why not? You've got to give it a go, after all. The aim was for bookshelf speakers for the study/bedroom.
Read up a bit, decided on something the small Harbeth size, found it was based on the BBC LS/3a, read up about that, found a suitable (I hope) tweeter and woofer, bought some three ply and off I went. Well, not quite, had to design the crossover, but there's lots of programs for that on the net, so went 2nd order Linkwitz-Riley because they're a flat frequency response.
The saving money bit is already out the window. The speakers cost £200, the wood £25, the crossover £150, then there's screws, glue, routers, jigsaw, varnish - I'm already up for £500 and have no idea what they'll sound like. The aim is a Harbeth like sound, by the way.
Chose sealed box because it seemed easier than ported. That means precision box building, don't have the proper tools over here so, though the boxes are pretty good, airtight they weren't which meant sealing. It also means that until the last screw is in place I'm not going to know whether I did good or bad. Apparently you can tweak crossovers, but with a sealed and glued box, that's not going to be so easy.
To-night's the night, anyway. Just waiting for the sealant to dry, then I'll do the final bit of soldering and put the baffle in. It's either going to be a "told you so" or champagne.