Well -- it finally happened. Peer pressure broke through my reserve. Redboy - using Joseph Esmilla* as an example (Look, Marky -- all the kids are doin' it) - shamed me into de-clip-leading** the Frankenaltec crossovers today. I took advantage of midwinter cold (albeit with bright sunshine) to shelter in place with a soldering iron and a hodgepodge of other tools. It's never pretty when I use tools -- but it is often (tho' not always) successful. Successful today, fortunately. Listening to the fruits of my labors as I type this. DSC_9782 (3) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr (note that this was pre-smoke-test; thus are the MR pads turned all the way down. I was calibrating the knobs!) DSC_9779 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr (can you tell Mrs. H is out of town on a birding trip?) __________________ * Of "JE Labs" fame. Audiophile, Photographer, DIY Maven, Violinist. Whatta guy. http://jelabs.blogspot.com/2014/01/altec-2-way-xo-update.html see what he did with angle iron (or aluminum angle or whatever it is) there? It inspired me. Mine's kind of more -- gritty looking, but it was fit-for-purpose. I was able to leverage existing holes in the stuff I bought to avoid drilling any more. Besides, the filigreed aesthetics reduce weight; very important in high-performance hardware ** Well, OK -- technically, there are still a couple of atavistic clip leads in there -- and a couple of disembodied alligator clips. What's up with that? I hear you ask. Well... those very nice Goertz foil inductors (1.7 mH, 14 gauge) are not, technically speaking, mine. As in "no bailment was created". They're loaners -- and it seemed like it would be kinda rude to go solderin' wires to 'em. So, for now, clip leads it is! The inductors are also mounted, in a most metastable means, via some Blutack. In other words, I've gotta be cautious if I go slingin' 'em around. I'm sure I'll remember that!