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Old 3rd November 2004, 03:11 AM   #1
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Where is the best place to find enclosures for an amplifier. I need to by my senior design in an enclosure.

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Old 3rd November 2004, 05:21 AM   #2
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Default Hey Deltat

This may not be for everyone but;

I often pick up second hand rack mounted equipment from metal recyclers and equipment recycle yards. For example I picked a 3 RU case including the electronics inside for about $5 US. In this case it was a junked Intel switch.

I ripped out the electronics (nice stuff in there, power supply etc.), changed the front panel and added a good spray paint. In this case I removed the rack mounts.

Result = a higher quality case that even a fair bit of money can buy from the normal outlets and a fair bit of personal satisfaction.

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I have a couple of brand new 2 RU rack boxes in the box. there are shipepd knocked downa nd you have to assemble them. very nice black boxes with rack handles.


I can dig one out and take a photo if you wish.


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If it's a valve amp - nothing beats exotic woods and brass or copper plate
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Thanks, that website is PERFECT. In your guy's opinions, do you like the rack mounted look more than the table top look? The amp is just gonna sit on the sub or a table top but i kinda like the handles.

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For tube amps i like the idea of adapting the round aluminum ones you find at Value Village :^)

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For domestic tube amp applications I think it is most desireable to display the tubes. This eliminates most rack mount case designs.
The use of oiled hardwoods, etc. can really accent such designs in a beautiful way.

I took a pair of 55 year old Eico HF-20's and as part of the restoration/upgrade I made solid oak knobs and side panels for them. The original ugly perforated metal cover is gonzo. They look very nice now. The tube shields got polished since this photo was taken.
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For tube amps i like the idea of adapting the round aluminum ones you find at Value Village :^)

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I like aluminum bread-pans and food-service steam table trays for chassis that I enclose in a case
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for chassis that I enclose in a case
Yea, i figure you always need to add a touch of wood before you are done... i've got some Arbutus & Garry Oak curing that are local (and some nice tight grain old growth Doug Fir)

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