June 18, 2023 at 3:51 pm #1499
Apparently my other pictures did not come through on my last post. I was attempting to attach a couple photos to show John the custom bent “z” metal where the panel will reside in the frames.
The one picture that came through shows how we welded the “Z” metal to the vertical post. It’s a little difficult to make out but, we punched 1/2” holes in the Z metal and then welded through the holes to attach the Z metal to the vertical steel supports.
Then, as shown in one of my previous posts with my hillbilly hand drawn diagram (attachment), I will have a plate that bolts to the Z metal to grip and hold the panel in place. I do not have a good picture of the yet.
There is also a flange welded to the bottom of the Z metal that will support the panel.
June 18, 2023 at 8:30 am #1495
Hey John sorry for the slow response. I didn’t get a notification that I had a received a response on the forum. Yes, I am attaching (welding) the steel clamping mechanism to the steel posts. Hopefully the panel will fit in the opening!
June 3, 2023 at 5:23 am #1490
How are you planning to attach the steel plate to the tubing?
The frames on my U1’s are circa 1994 and at that time the frames had a metal flange welded to each tubing. The panel was then attached to each flange via screws along the entire length of the flange. The flanges also have a 90-degree bend at the bottom end for the panel to sit on, same as your doing. From what Roger has told me they did away with the welded flange do to difficulties the welder had in positioning the flange to match the shape of the panel. Soundlab now uses a plastic flange which makes it easier to properly mount the panel.
Also, my frames originally had no upper cross member which allowed the frame to flex. Soundlab added a welded crossmember in later production which greatly stiffened the entire affair. Attached are a few pix. of the frame.
Good luck with your build, you too ernestov!
June 2, 2023 at 9:30 am #1487
Nice job JW, nice looking frames. I designed steel C-channels which hug the sides of the panels and clamp on the panels using pressure bolts which press against a metal pressure bar against the panels.
June 2, 2023 at 9:17 am #1485
JW – nice set up. I like how you put the panels lower to the floor with your DIY frames. That way you can get those monster 945’s in your room. Yeah, I was thinking that too much dampening with sand/shot may not be a good thing. I think that I’m just going to pour some viscoelastic vibration damping compound (paint) into the vertical tubes to coat the inside walls of the steel tubing and then shove a “noodle” in each tube.
Ernestov – I’ve attached a hand drawn diagram of my clamping idea for clamping my panels to my metal frames.
May 26, 2023 at 2:25 pm #1479
Yep, I try and control my audiophile buffoonery, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Honestly, that’s part of the fun of the hobby for me and others. I don’t know how long you have been following SL and the old SL forums, but there were some crazy cats, back in the day, that were doing some crazy stuff and that craziness has been implemented into the latest and greatest SL speakers. The steel frames, the transformers and other changes were the outcome of audio buffoonery.
May 26, 2023 at 3:22 pm #1480jwParticipant
I diyed a steel frame years ago and am still using it. In my experience, I filled the vertical steel square tube with sand about 1/3 of its height. Initially, I filled 1/2, but the sound wasn’t to my liking. I recommend filling 1/3.
I have modified my 945 with everything I could think about. I think I am done now.
May 26, 2023 at 12:59 pm #1478
A little bit of self-criticism and humor never hurts! 🙂
May 26, 2023 at 12:32 pm #1477
Massi – Oh… the subtlety of your sarcasm eluded me. My bad. I get where you’re coming from though.
May 26, 2023 at 10:49 am #1476PinotnoirParticipant
I’m in the U-545 league cause the room
Have anyone tried to remove the caps on top of the frame and listen to violin and clavecin or cello and organ
Do you think that need to fill anything?
May 25, 2023 at 10:36 pm #1472
the analogy with ‘Brilliance Control’ was ironic, BC has nothing to do with frames. The two things are connected as soon as we put an audiophile in the middle 🙂
May 26, 2023 at 6:08 am #1475
I was reminded of a time in the ’80s when Julius Futterman told me increase the fuses in the KLH Model Nine’s I have to 5A rating from original .5A “It’s more linear” he said. I’ve also done that with the A-3’s. Has anyone else done that with their Sound Labs’s?
May 25, 2023 at 5:18 pm #1471
Sorry for the slow follow up. I appreciate everyone’s input. Ernestov, I have designed a way to clamp the panels into the frames now, as well. I will post a picture or diagram some time soon. I’m still very interested in seeing what you have done.
Where, why, how did the topic of the brilliance control have anything to do with dampening of the steel tubes? That’s a topic worth discussing but maybe start another tread for that.
Yeah, I knew Roger would not think that any dampening would be needed.
Tailspn, you are a wild man!
John v – yes, I just ordered the 845 panels. I am making my own frames. Very similar to the stock frames – only better – IMO.
The steel framed Ultimate’s have not been around for 30 years. Huh?
May 25, 2023 at 4:51 pm #14701983221cdParticipant
I have had U1s for 30 years and the frames are dead as a door nail, no need to modify them.
May 25, 2023 at 6:22 am #1469
Ive entered a reply from Rodger at an earlier position in the thread in case your interested.
May 21, 2023 at 6:39 pm #1464
I only bought the 745 cores
May 21, 2023 at 5:58 pm #1463
So, to clarify, you ordered just a set of cores/panels, no frames, and are “rolling” your own frames with an attached base to accept the backplates, if I understand this correctly?
Interesting DIY project! Will be fun to follow along with both your build and ernestov’s!
May 21, 2023 at 3:37 pm #1460
Dr West believes that his electrostatic panels on their own are rigid enough without the need of a frame or damping of any kind. Which, to a certain extent, the construction quality of his panels is very good, they are definitely well build. Because he feels confident that the structure of his panels is good enough for them to stand on their own he sells them with frames predominantly as a cosmetic feature.
May 21, 2023 at 4:36 pm #1461tailspnParticipant
I agree. I have five 86″ 845’s free standing in a ITU alignment arc for 5.0 channel surround listening. Each panel has a two inch wide woven nylon strap fastened to the panel center top, and attached to the ceiling one inch above to prevent tipping. The panel bases are sitting on two inch blacks under the panel vertical side members. There is no perceivable or measureable structural resonance. The membrane resonances are spectrally well distributed and dampened, and far exceed any structural resonance.
I highly recommend this approach if one is fortunate enough to have a room ceiling height just a few inches higher than the panel’s length. According to Dr West, this has the acoustical effect of extending the panel’s dispersion length to much greater effective length.
May 21, 2023 at 12:43 pm #1459
Ernestov, I’m very anxious to see what you have done. I am actively building my frames right now. My panels will be shipped anytime now. So, the sooner that you get the pictures posted, the better for me! Thank you. You’ve got me really thinking now about how to clamp the panels in place now.
As far as rdiirio’s comment on whether, or not, Roger took into account resonance of the panels/frames…. I do not think that Roger necessarily cares about such trivial “audiophile” ideas.
May 25, 2023 at 6:17 am #1468
I’s been a while since we’ve made contact. Things are going well. The
Ultimate series uses a 3″ diameter steel tube except for the smaller
U-545 which uses a 2″ diameter tube. In both cases, the thickness of
the tube is about 1/8″. The tubes, as you would expect, are quite
massive and have a mass resonance far below human perception. The tube
is normally empty and is capped on both ends such that an acoustic wave
cannot enter and resonate. We have some owners that have filled the
tube with sand or other material to eliminate cavity resonance, but this is not necessary. Even at the highest audio levels the acoustic energy isn’t sufficient to penetrate the tubes and filling them makes no difference. I hope that this adequately answers your question.
Hope all is well with you.
Sound Lab, Inc.
May 21, 2023 at 6:58 am #1455
Probably the same logic that led some others to bypass the brilliance control
May 21, 2023 at 7:39 am #1456
I have my own thoughts about removing a potentiometer from circuit but what were the reasons for bypassing the brilliance control from other users, do you know??
May 21, 2023 at 9:18 am #1457
Even among SL users there are some who like to take an active role in modifying and “upgrading” their system.
I suppose they are more audiophiles than music lovers, as they usually listen to a limited number of discs and prefer to give up the flexibility offered by controls such as ‘Brilliance’ to achieve greater transparency.
I think that’s the reason.
May 21, 2023 at 6:33 am #1454
What led you to the conclusion Rodger didn’t take resonance into account when designing the Ultimate series?
May 20, 2023 at 11:13 pm #1453
I sure will be sharing more information about my design in the days ahead. It is a very sturdy frame which keeps the electrostatic panel very rigid. I will first post some pictures after the frames come back from getting a black powder coat finish.
May 20, 2023 at 5:56 pm #1452
Ernestov that is a great idea! and something that I have been considering. I am actually making the steel frames myself. I am going off of Roger’s design, but you are right – there has got to be a better way to secure the panel to the steel tubes. I do not have the panels yet so I do not have a clear idea of what I might be able to do with them. Would you mind sharing your idea/experience on what you did. Maybe we could discuss this over the phone. You input would be greatly appreciated.
May 20, 2023 at 5:19 pm #1451
Instead of dealing with damping the tubes of a standard U845 frame, I designed a new steel frame which actually clamps on the sides of the electrostatic panel to secure it tight in place and eliminate all undesirable vibration.
May 20, 2023 at 9:29 am #1450
Hey John, thank you for taking the time to respond. These are brand new panels with steel frames.They are the full height and they will fit in my room. Yes, I considered the “noodles” and may run those. I’m also considering applying a viscoelastic coating on the inside of the steel tubes – then the noodles. Thanks again for taking your time to respond. I appreciate your input.
May 20, 2023 at 7:49 am #1444
Congrats on your soon to be received 845s!
Is this a new pair of U845s or are you updating the cores from an earlier/smaller Ultimate version?
Also, how tall will the speakers be as some 845 versions are slightly taller than 8Ft. which can be problematic installing them in an average height room?
As to damping the tubing, rapping the tubing with my knuckles on my U890s barely elicits any noise which quickly dies out so I didn’t feel it was worth the effort. The thought just occurred to me that instead of using sandbags on a string, as some have done, you could try using a few pool noodles inserted into the tubes. The noodles are available with a diameter of 2.75″ which should match the ID of the 3″ steel tubing. Although the pool noodles would not have the mass the sand would have, they would still help to improve the damping of the tube with little effort or expense, worth a try.
May 15, 2023 at 10:57 am #1443
Hello, I’m very excited to say that I will be receiving my new 845 panels real soon – I’m pumped. I’m wondering what others have done for dampening in the vertical steel tubing of the Ultimate’s? I’ve heard of people putting sand bags with stings attached to them to help dampen unwanted resonance in the steel tubing. I’ve used Dynamat, to good effect, on other audio projects to absorb energy, but I don’t want to put that on the outside of the tubes – obviously. What have some of you done to help with dampening unwanted resonance in the steel tubing of the Ultimates? Thank you
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