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Old 3rd June 2009, 02:27 AM   #1
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I am on the East Coast and I am have been searching high and low to find a decent looking chassis for my first amp project and it is really disappointing that most of the US suppliers offer junk in comparison to what is available in Europe, Australia and China.

Even trying to source materials to scratch build a chassis seems to be a exercise in futility.

Besides Par-Metal chassis's, which seems to be the best of the lot, have I missed any other suppliers?

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Old 3rd June 2009, 03:07 AM   #2
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Well I did find a great chassis on ebay, for my 1st chipamp, but I don't think he is still offering. For my 2nd go around, I used a Satellite TV receiver from the thrift store. With a new face plate, it worked out great. Just the right size, well made. Just my 2c worth.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 03:59 AM   #3
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The only decently cheap ones I've found are at web-tronics:

http://www.web-tronics.com/emsermulstee.html
http://www.web-tronics.com/general-s...ent-cases.html
http://www.web-tronics.com/exalelen.html

I'm still on the lookout. I'm considering using a metal lunchbox or something.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 04:11 AM   #4
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You have not missed anything.

The option that I use is to get an old receiver from a thrift store and spend your money and effort designing a custom front panel using front panel express.

While we cannot get nice enclosures (other than par-metal) we can get very nice and custom front panels (and back panels) that make a ho hum enclosure look really nice. Price is about $45 per panel.

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Old 3rd June 2009, 05:30 AM   #5
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Don't Front Panel Express sell enclosures as well?
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Old 3rd June 2009, 05:39 AM   #6
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Would lining a wood (or plastic) enclosure with aluminum foil be effective at blocking EMI?
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Default enclosers

HAMMOND makes a variety of enclosers.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 06:12 PM   #8
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I decided to try Par-Metals series 20 case in black anodized for this first project.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 3rd June 2009, 07:38 PM   #9
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Par Metal is the only one that is worth using IMO ... I have been on the hunt for about 6 months as well for my BPA300 build. I am going with the 20 Series and have them alter it to fit Conrad Heatsinks on the side and an acryllic cover for the top.
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The acrylic top will be interesting look.
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