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Old 1st March 2004, 12:11 AM   #1
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Where can a fellow buy a nice thick, smooth, clean metal face plate for audio?
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Old 1st March 2004, 01:23 AM   #2
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How about legends applied using ink filled engraving and holes and dimensions cut to order?

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Old 1st March 2004, 01:57 AM   #3
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I just did a quick faceplate on the designer software they supply (ok software btw) and its very expensive if you just need 1 or 2.

For such numbers it can be done cheaper at a local machine shop.


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Old 1st March 2004, 02:36 AM   #5
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They certainly appear to be a bit expensive.

I would realy like something at least 6-8 mm thick. Minimal cut-outs. Nothing fancy.

So simply visit a local shop huh?

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Old 1st March 2004, 05:01 AM   #6
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Expensive? It seems very reasonable to me.

The local machine shop may do some holes and cut the panel to size but they don't do engraving, filling, anodizing.
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How much are we talking here per panel in single quantities?
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Old 1st March 2004, 05:56 AM   #8
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About $35 bucks for an anodized, engraved and filled lettering, 3.5" high rack panel with a half dozen or so holes. Additional holes are cheap as is extra lettering. A real bargan if you ask me.
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I recommend these guys often, they are great, if a tad expensive (but not for what you get.) However, when a problem comes up, their customer service is also great. There are only like 3 employees so they have their attention on your project. I had a scratched up panel and was able to work it out over a 2 emails. I would use them again, and again...

As for prices, the software does a price estimate based on size, thickness, number of holes, tool changes, and engraving. So download the software and check out the prices. You just click on file...price estimate or something to that effect.
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About $35 bucks for an anodized, engraved and filled lettering, 3.5" high rack panel with a half dozen or so holes. Additional holes are cheap as is extra lettering. A real bargan if you ask me.
I would say nothing to complain about. It is a bargain.
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