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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #120 on: April 28, 2021, 05:15:04 PM »
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #121 on: April 28, 2021, 08:30:40 PM »
sand is good, and it's easy, re: the funnel method or a cut jug, as described above.

re: m6 spikes, just do a google search on "m6 spikes", and you will come up w/a plethora of sources, likely much faster and less expensive than having to buy from the uk...  or maybe you've already done that?

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I have also filled stands with sand...several times.  So I agree it's a bit tedious if you feed it in slowly like on the video.  But use a big funnel with a big bottom hole and it's a breeze actually.   Just pour the sand in, takes a few minutes.

Even if SQ does not improve (it will) your columns become much more stable.      :thumb:


OK, Iím convinced. I realize your advice is for my own good  :lol:   
Iíll do it once those M6 spikes arrive.
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #122 on: April 28, 2021, 08:51:07 PM »
Doug,
Surprisingly, the choices werenít good. I looked at a number of US sites. Either spikes and protective pads together or 3/8Ē or 1/2Ē long, then 2Ē long. The UK ones were just right and cheap too including shipping. Theyíve already shipped as well. Iíll do sand. Thereís a Loweís and Home Depot close by. Iíll make sure that sand is completely dry as well. Have a good sized funnel. I never had the stands completely level before, so Iím going to be diligent doing that. I know the slab isnít level.

sand is good, and it's easy, re: the funnel method or a cut jug, as described above.

re: m6 spikes, just do a google search on "m6 spikes", and you will come up w/a plethora of sources, likely much faster and less expensive than having to buy from the uk...  or maybe you've already done that?

doug s.
I have also filled stands with sand...several times.  So I agree it's a bit tedious if you feed it in slowly like on the video.  But use a big funnel with a big bottom hole and it's a breeze actually.   Just pour the sand in, takes a few minutes.

Even if SQ does not improve (it will) your columns become much more stable.      :thumb:


OK, Iím convinced. I realize your advice is for my own good  :lol:   
Iíll do it once those M6 spikes arrive.
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #123 on: April 28, 2021, 08:52:34 PM »
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Thank you. Seems anythingís possible nowadays. Old dog = new tricks  :)
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #124 on: May 11, 2021, 10:28:34 AM »
Those M6 speaker stand spikes I ordered recently are somewhere between the UK and hereÖdo expect them any day, really.

To deviate from this thread just a bit and I didnít want to start a new one just for this comment, but I moved my Fritzie speakers away from the wall last night and it was
a nice improvement. Seemed to be a fuller presentation, lovely detail and I love a nice midrangeÖand there was a bit more depth to the soundstage. I really donít have any record tracks to evaluate soundstage depth, I just played music last night for a few hours and those were my conclusions.

When Iíve installed the speaker spikes, and the sand in the speaker stands and installed the Herbies cone/spike puckies, then Iíll mess with speaker placement a bit more.
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #125 on: May 11, 2021, 11:11:04 AM »
Those M6 speaker stand spikes I ordered recently are somewhere between the UK and hereÖdo expect them any day, really.

To deviate from this thread just a bit and I didnít want to start a new one just for this comment, but I moved my Fritzie speakers away from the wall last night and it was
a nice improvement. Seemed to be a fuller presentation, lovely detail and I love a nice midrangeÖand there was a bit more depth to the soundstage. I really donít have any record tracks to evaluate sound stage depth, I just played music last night for a few hours and those were my conclusions.

When Iíve installed the speaker spikes, and the sand in the speaker stands and installed the Herbies cone/spike puckies, then Iíll mess with speaker placement a bit more.

  If I were focus on placement before sand fill and spiking them. Much easier to move around. Been there done that numerous times.


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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #126 on: May 11, 2021, 11:13:16 AM »
Those M6 speaker stand spikes I ordered recently are somewhere between the UK and hereÖdo expect them any day, really.

To deviate from this thread just a bit and I didnít want to start a new one just for this comment, but I moved my Fritzie speakers away from the wall last night and it was
a nice improvement. Seemed to be a fuller presentation, lovely detail and I love a nice midrangeÖand there was a bit more depth to the soundstage. I really donít have any record tracks to evaluate sound stage depth, I just played music last night for a few hours and those were my conclusions.

When Iíve installed the speaker spikes, and the sand in the speaker stands and installed the Herbies cone/spike puckies, then Iíll mess with speaker placement a bit more.

  If I were focus on placement before sand fill and spiking them. Much easier to move around. Been there done that numerous times.


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+1 on getting the placement right before filling the stands!  They can be a real PITA to move when full.
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #127 on: May 11, 2021, 11:41:40 AM »
Those M6 speaker stand spikes I ordered recently are somewhere between the UK and hereÖdo expect them any day, really.

To deviate from this thread just a bit and I didnít want to start a new one just for this comment, but I moved my Fritzie speakers away from the wall last night and it was
a nice improvement. Seemed to be a fuller presentation, lovely detail and I love a nice midrangeÖand there was a bit more depth to the soundstage. I really donít have any record tracks to evaluate sound stage depth, I just played music last night for a few hours and those were my conclusions.

When Iíve installed the speaker spikes, and the sand in the speaker stands and installed the Herbies cone/spike puckies, then Iíll mess with speaker placement a bit more.

  If I were focus on placement before sand fill and spiking them. Much easier to move around. Been there done that numerous times.


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+1 on getting the placement right before filling the stands!  They can be a real PITA to move when full.

Well, if you and Charles both emphasize this, thatís what Iíll do tonight and the next night before I head off on my trip to California.
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #128 on: May 11, 2021, 12:00:07 PM »
Those M6 speaker stand spikes I ordered recently are somewhere between the UK and hereÖdo expect them any day, really.

To deviate from this thread just a bit and I didnít want to start a new one just for this comment, but I moved my Fritzie speakers away from the wall last night and it was
a nice improvement. Seemed to be a fuller presentation, lovely detail and I love a nice midrangeÖand there was a bit more depth to the soundstage. I really donít have any record tracks to evaluate sound stage depth, I just played music last night for a few hours and those were my conclusions.

When Iíve installed the speaker spikes, and the sand in the speaker stands and installed the Herbies cone/spike puckies, then Iíll mess with speaker placement a bit more.

  If I were focus on placement before sand fill and spiking them. Much easier to move around. Been there done that numerous times.


charles
+1 on getting the placement right before filling the stands!  They can be a real PITA to move when full.

Well, if you and Charles both emphasize this, thatís what Iíll do tonight and the next night before I head off on my trip to California.


  Have fun. Enjoy your trip.

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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #129 on: May 18, 2021, 01:14:00 PM »
Those M6 speaker stand spikes I ordered recently are somewhere between the UK and hereÖdo expect them any day, really.

To deviate from this thread just a bit and I didnít want to start a new one just for this comment, but I moved my Fritzie speakers away from the wall last night and it was
a nice improvement. Seemed to be a fuller presentation, lovely detail and I love a nice midrangeÖand there was a bit more depth to the soundstage. I really donít have any record tracks to evaluate sound stage depth, I just played music last night for a few hours and those were my conclusions.

When Iíve installed the speaker spikes, and the sand in the speaker stands and installed the Herbies cone/spike puckies, then Iíll mess with speaker placement a bit more.

  If I were focus on placement before sand fill and spiking them. Much easier to move around. Been there done that numerous times.


charles
+1 on getting the placement right before filling the stands!  They can be a real PITA to move when full.

Well, if you and Charles both emphasize this, thatís what Iíll do tonight and the next night before I head off on my trip to California.

Yep, don't be afraid to try things Nick. The other night I was at Dan's in Mt. Pulaski and we lowered his speakers just a little and the lower ranges boosted very nicely. (His 2nd system was a little thin.)

Farther from the front wall, more depth. Separation between speakers affects the mids, width. Be careful of a middle "hole" though.

Cheers and good things Nick.

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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #130 on: May 18, 2021, 02:08:07 PM »
Those M6 speaker stand spikes I ordered recently are somewhere between the UK and hereÖdo expect them any day, really.

To deviate from this thread just a bit and I didnít want to start a new one just for this comment, but I moved my Fritzie speakers away from the wall last night and it was
a nice improvement. Seemed to be a fuller presentation, lovely detail and I love a nice midrangeÖand there was a bit more depth to the soundstage. I really donít have any record tracks to evaluate sound stage depth, I just played music last night for a few hours and those were my conclusions.

When Iíve installed the speaker spikes, and the sand in the speaker stands and installed the Herbies cone/spike puckies, then Iíll mess with speaker placement a bit more.

  If I were focus on placement before sand fill and spiking them. Much easier to move around. Been there done that numerous times.


charles
+1 on getting the placement right before filling the stands!  They can be a real PITA to move when full.

Well, if you and Charles both emphasize this, thatís what Iíll do tonight and the next night before I head off on my trip to California.

Yep, don't be afraid to try things Nick. The other night I was at Dan's in Mt. Pulaski and we lowered his speakers just a little and the lower ranges boosted very nicely. (His 2nd system was a little thin.)

Farther from the front wall, more depth. Separation between speakers affects the mids, width. Be careful of a middle "hole" though.

Cheers and good things Nick.

steve


Hi Steve,
Iím still in California, but heading home tomorrow. Sure have missed my music! 🎶🎶 I need to still work on placement. I would think my m6 spikes have been delivered and once placement is dialed in, Iíll fill the stands with sand (thanks toobluvrÖ :)
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #131 on: June 02, 2021, 12:18:48 PM »
Well, am taking a brief break in between projects. Decided to install the m6 spikes from the UK (what a nice deal) and put them onto the Herbieís cone/spike puckies. Fired things up mid day, (system cold) which I rarely do. What a nice improvement. Improved resolution of instrument timbre, of individual voices within a chorus, cleaner bass. This is just playing a few songs Iím familiar with.

Iíll listen a little more, then back to projects. Oh, this is without sand. Just didnít want to get to it yet. The speaker stand top plate has 4 bolts, so it should be pretty simple to do.
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Re: DIY roller blocks??
« Reply #132 on: June 19, 2021, 09:45:07 PM »
Finally got around to buying playground sand. Nice and clean. Opened up the bag and have some in a bucket ready to go for tomorrow for the speaker stands.
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