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AS far as sound systems go, St Catherine-based bakery operator Uriel Dunkley has the best of both worlds.
His 'hybrid sound system' known as the Dr Luscious Limo Bug is an impressive self-built combination of a traditional sound system and a car stereo sound system. The Bug was a hit at the Guinness Kings of Car Sound Clash held in St Andrew recently.
"I'm coming from the days of the big sound system, but I also know the convenience of having a more mobile sound. With this kind of hybrid you don't have to deal with spreading out or transporting a lot of boxes but you still get the joy of using the turntables," Dunkley told Auto.
Part 12-volt battery-operated system and part 120-volt system, what began as a regular 1990 VW Beetle has been carefully crafted into one of the most versatile mobile sounds on the local car stereo scene. Modified to fit a powerhouse of electro-valve speakers, Hifonics amplifiers and drivers, the combined cost of the work and equipment is estimated at just under $3 million.
"We essentially built the car from scratch. We took the VW Bug and stretched it; first, we cut it in half and then we added 2 1/2 feet to it. We also widened it by about six inches to accommodate the drivers that we have inside it. We are also the first to have designed a lift system whereby the top end boxes would be elevated through the roof of the car and are retractable into the car," said Dunkley.
According to Dunkley — who had been playing on regular sound systems since 1982 before moving on to a car stereo system in the early '90s — the process of building the one-of-a-kind sound system took about six months. The vehicle is road-ready, licensed and can be spotted all around the island at supermarkets, fun days and events doing promotions for Dunkley's Dr Luscious Bakery.
Dunkley revealed to Auto plans to have a new hybrid sound system finished in time to launch in December.
"The one we're working on right now is really going to be a massive system. We have actually cut a Bug, removed the chassis and replaced it with one from a VW van. We have stretched it by four feet and widened it by 10 inches. This system will be housing nine 18-inch speakers on the bass and we'll be playing 16 12-inch speakers on low/mid, 20 eight-inch speakers on high/mid along with 20 horns and boasting in excess of 30,000 watts in power," Dunkley said proudly.
Uriel Dunkley and his ‘hybrid sound system’ known as Dr Luscious Limo Bug. (Photo: Jarmila Jackson)
A side view of the auto sound system.
The amplifiers of the Dr Luscious Limo Bug.
The inverters of the mobile sound system.
Uriel Dunkley and his ‘hybrid sound system’ known as Dr Luscious Limo Bug. (Photos: Jarmila Jackson)
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