"I deliberated long and hard over purchasing a pair of 4" stands for my Gallo Reference 3.1 speakers (which I loved - or thought I did). The decision was made even tougher by the fact that I wanted the stands in Natural Cherry lacquer, which, being a custom finish, made them non-returnable should I not like them. I finally bit the bullet and placed my order; a few weeks later they arrived. I installed them following the well laid out instructions and sat down for a listen. I have to tell you, I was blown away!
The improvement in bass level and solidity as well as increased overall definition can only be described as mind-boggling. My beloved Gallos never sounded this good - not even close. Everything sounds better, and not just a little bit better - a LOT better. These upgrade stands are by far the biggest bang for the buck of any 'upgrade' I've made to my system. Knowing what I now know I wouldn't have hesitated for a second in making this purchase. Highly recommended!" - Len S.
The Ref 3s were Mapleshade's studio monitor for almost a decade because we're knocked out by their fast and transparent midrange, endless top end, and warm, powerfully extended lower registerswell beyond the best electrostatics. Good as the Gallo design is, its stock base is too narrow give optimal lateral stability and too light to rigidly anchor the Ref 3's elegant steel enclosures. This bottlenecks the full potential of the Ref 3's superb, ultra transparent sound.
Using our old-growth, air-dried maple, we double the width and quadruple the thickness of the stock base, replacing the small steel feet with massive brass Megafeet and Heavyfeetand doubling the tiltback angle for better transient time-alignment. Result? New solidity in the bass, lovely extra midrange warmth and detail, and newfound treble air and purity. Our upgrade eliminates any need for the add-on Gallo Ref 3 subwoofer amp.
Our Reference 3 Upgrade Stands consist of a pair 15" wide x 15" deep maple bases, available in 2" and 4" thicknesses. Each base is pre-assembled with four threaded brass footers; each pre-drilled to match the Gallo mountings. Includes brass mounting hardware.
Speaker Stands with toned and black lacquer finishes are made to order and take 6-8 weeks to ship. We require a 50% non-refundable deposit for these items.