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Old 21st February 2012, 05:53 AM   #1
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Default Bamboo chassis 6P3P SE

OK, it's my third DIY tube power amp, not finished yet. Nothing new to the first 6P3P SE except the silicony power supply...and the bamboo chassis.
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Old 21st February 2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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Nice work Ray!!!
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Old 21st February 2012, 08:07 AM   #3
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Very nice work there Ray. It is clean and has simple lines. Will the chassis/enclosure be a new item for sale?

What does the input side look like?
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Old 21st February 2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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This is just a DIY project now. The input side is not finished yet. it's a 1.2mm steel sheet metal pieces with IEC, RCA and output connectors. The bamboo work was a top piece of a acient Chinese style desk. It's very nice, rigid and light weight.

No reason for not selling them if somebody is really interested in it. But there's still a long way before selling. We must make it better for a tube amp chassis. Most important of all the price must be effortable to everyone. I'm sure none of you is willing to make a chassis by destroying a beatuiful Chinese style desk.
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Old 21st February 2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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This is just a DIY project now. The input side is not finished yet. it's a 1.2mm steel sheet metal pieces with IEC, RCA and output connectors. The bamboo work was a top piece of a acient Chinese style desk. It's very nice, rigid and light weight.

No reason for not selling them if somebody is really interested in it. But there's still a long way before selling. We must make it better for a tube amp chassis. Most important of all the price must be effortable to everyone. I'm sure none of you is willing to make a chassis by destroying a beatuiful Chinese style desk.
Well, I am sure that no one is going to break up a Huanghuali mu desk, but bamboo is relatively cheap in comparison (I know that there is a lot of it in Anji, it is environmentally sustainable, so maybe a "greener" alternative) to solid wood, stronger with less warping and cracking, and if it came plain as a box or as two sides, then you might have something that is marketable.

It also adds a modern touch to enclosures in general. But yes, that is a nice project you have going on there. Show more pictures later Ray.
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Old 21st February 2012, 01:57 PM   #6
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Hey overtheairboradcast, how do you know that much about China? Many Chinese don't know Anji.
If there's a chassis made of REAL huanghuali mu, it's easily to sell it at $5000 with any junk tubes. But it's almost impossible to see real huanghuali mu now.
The bamboo in my hometown is a little different from Anji. It's thiner and harder than Anji's Nanzhu (name of the bamboo) due to the high altitude. As you said it's green, cheap, strong, less wraping. You really make me thinking of market it seriously.
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Old 21st February 2012, 02:12 PM   #7
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Tea trays would also work.
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Hey overtheairboradcast, how do you know that much about China? Many Chinese don't know Anji.
If there's a chassis made of REAL huanghuali mu, it's easily to sell it at $5000 with any junk tubes. But it's almost impossible to see real huanghuali mu now.
The bamboo in my hometown is a little different from Anji. It's thiner and harder than Anji's Nanzhu (name of the bamboo) due to the high altitude. As you said it's green, cheap, strong, less wraping. You really make me thinking of market it seriously.
And why not? If you can get panels cheaply enough and have someone CNC machine it over and over again with the right fitting holes and right sized panels, flat pack it or assemble it as part of the shipping box (making the cardboard carton even more crush proof), you might find a market. There are people out there who might like the look, don't have the skills or the tools to make an enclosure, or have the time to do wood. Who knows... you might have something. Ask and see if there is interest or not. Or carry it as an optional premium stock item for the small percentage interested.

My apartment dwelling friend here took two perfectly good looking maple strip chopping boards and we carefully cut it for sides of an amp enclosure. Ran it through the router table to get that notch cleared out and it started to make sense to me (my tools, his idea). At the inch thickness, nice grain, easy sanding, minimal amount of gluing, it looked stunning. The top was a piece of aluminum plate which cost him more after he had it clear coated, polished, and holes drilled (square holes -- ugh) fit right in.

He took it back, stained it golden, put it all together, and used it for a short time (stolen).

My point is that there are a number of people who don't have the tools or gumption to do it themselves, want the least amount of waste or leftover wood, they might be candidates for all this.
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Any pics under it's skirt?
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Old 22nd February 2012, 12:21 AM   #10
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Hi GloBug, it's awesome. My works is exactly done by a tea tray. I don't know how you call it. I even didn't some of you will know what is tea tray. I had thought it should be called tea desk, or tea table lol
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