My First Time 12
I ran across the First Time 6 in a forum, but there was one problem. I ordered the assembly kit from an online supplier, and despite the guaranteed availability, it never arrived. I only found out by email after I had finished the cabinets for the FT 6, with just the cutouts left to go, that the components for the FT 6 weren’t available after all. So I started to pelt the developers with questions about whether there were any other chassis elements I could use. And of course, the answer was “no.” The Lautsprecherbau.de team told me they were about to introduce the First Time 12 online on Wednesday evening, but buying it without reading any reviews was out of the question for me.
A demo listening session? No problem! I called my buddy Stefan, and we were standing in the listening studio even before the report was published. My first reaction, instead of reeling at all of the great loudspeakers, was reeling because I had to use the bathroom. But that was nothing that couldn’t be solved. Then I started to get a dry mouth because my jaw was constantly dropping. Listening to live pieces, guitar solos and drum riffs, Stefan and I were simply amazed. It was incredible that that sound was coming from those two boxes – we just stared at each other. I asked about the price and whether all the parts were in stock, and this time the answer was “yes.” Quick as a flash, the money and the assembly kit changed hands. And I was happy.
The next day I bought the wood. Since I liked the look of the other box in beechwood veneer so much, that’s what I decided to use. Unfortunately, the hardware-store employee was a little careless, so I had to make more than one trip. On the other hand, the cashier only scanned half of the boards, so I saved 30 euros on my wood. Sometimes you just get lucky.
The actual assembly was pretty easy. I had a little bit of trouble assembling the first crossover, but once it was finished and I looked at the circuit diagram again, it made sense. The second one was no trouble at all. In some ways I’m sorry that the project is already finished, except for a couple of minor details on the surface. It was a lot of fun.
What else can I say? I still sit there with my mouth open when I listen to music, except that now I’m at home instead of in the listening studio. I still don’t know how to describe the sound – or did I just do that? The boxes “chime”! They have highs, a mid-range and a bass! And what a bass! My buddy Stefan said that anything bigger than the FT 12 would be a waste of space. And I have to agree.
I put in Metallica’s S&M DVD and listened to the whole concert. Whether it’s drums, guitar, bass or string instruments in an orchestra, you can hear everything you want to hear. Even some things you don’t want to hear. I turned off a Falco record (Wiener Blut) because the disk had clearly suffered over the years. The FT 12s don’t make any exceptions – they transmit scratching and squeaking too, so you know right away what the record looks like without actually seeing it. What impresses me the most every day, though, is that I built 40-cm-tall speakers that have a truly rich bass. Where I used to play CDs and records in the background, now I really listen. You automatically sit down and listen to the music. What used to be just pleasant background noise is now a real pleasure.
So go to the studio, listen to these things and buy them! I didn’t regret it, and now I’m actually glad that the FT 6 wasn’t available.
PS: Leave yourself plenty of time – when you go into the studio for a consultation with Udo, you fall into a time warp. You go in, listen to 1 or 8 songs, enjoy a little chitchat, and the next thing you know three hours have vanished into the ether.