Re: Wood Veneers
Jeff: we have taken a very pragmatic overview of the 'exotic' veneers recently. As a result we have decided to concentrate on cherry and eucalyptus as the 'standard' veneers that Harbeth offer and tiger ebony as the exotic alternative. Our cabinet maker simply will not play ball with small orders of exotic veneers at a sensible price. In fact, I have been shocked that by far the least profitable speakers we make are those in exotic veneers despite their high price: we simply are not able to recover the cost premium.
Originally Posted by Jeff Day
Looking at the group of eight cabinets in a column on the right of your link, our tiger ebony is closest to picture number 3 and yes, SHL5 is available in tiger ebony but at a premium price.
As for walnut, we could reintroduce it but only if there is enough demand worldwide. I wouldn't mind seeing walnut again.
You may be surprised to hear that the wastage of veneer is a typically heartbreaking 50% during the production of speaker cabinets due to blemishes in the leaves (leaf = strip of veneer), necessity of stitching together narrow strips to cover the width of the cabinet with some overage, splitting, feathered ragged edges, odd stains and natural features deemed unacceptable and of course this has to be paid for. One thing I recently discovered is that those trees on the edge of the forest are prone to flexing in the wind. This has a particular effect on cherry trees where the grain structure can vary markedly along the length.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK