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    Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

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    plexus

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    Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by plexus on Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:47 pm

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a place that will make and sell custom cabinets for tube projects? i want a couple cases with wood sides like the hammond cases but have some customizations and punch-outs. i can't find anything googling. i did find one place but the quote was $300 a case. i would like to keep it under $100 a case if possible.

    WntrMute2

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    Re: Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by WntrMute2 on Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:11 am

    The real question is what kind of wood are you going to use? Something like ebony for that warm dark sound or birdseye maple for a lighter more interesting note? Stay away from balsa to insure a weighty presentation to the music.


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    plexus

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    Re: Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by plexus on Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:08 pm

    WntrMute2 wrote:The real question is what kind of wood are you going to use? Something like ebony for that warm dark sound or birdseye maple for a lighter more interesting note? Stay away from balsa to insure a weighty presentation to the music.

    I thought balsa was the preferred wood as it sounds light and airy.

    Of course you know your hifi system sounds best when you aren't in the room.

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    Re: Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by Tube Nube on Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:40 pm

    Though light and airy, it tends also to have a certain fragility.

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    Re: Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by Tube Nube on Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:44 pm

    Not sure where you want your wood, but I once thought about taking the case of my pre amp, removing the 1 piece part that covers the top and sides, then fashioning a replacement out of a nice wood on my table saw.

    Then I started to worry that the metal top might provide some shielding from rf, and other sources of electrical noise. Then I thought maybe wire bug screen, if still available, could be used to line the insides of the wooden part.

    Then I thought to heck with it all.

    plexus

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    Re: Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by plexus on Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:52 pm

    Tube Nube wrote:Not sure where you want your wood, but I once thought about taking the case of my pre amp, removing the 1 piece part that covers the top and sides, then fashioning a replacement out of a nice wood on my table saw.

    Then I started to worry that the metal top might provide some shielding from rf, and other sources of electrical noise. Then I thought maybe wire bug screen, if still available, could be used to line the insides of the wooden part.

    Then I thought to heck with it all.

    You want an all metal enclosure especially for a phono stage or preamp but even a power amp. its best I think to fix the wood to the side of the all metal case. the bug screen idea would work as a marginal Faraday cage but its best that it be sold metal.

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    Re: Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by WntrMute2 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:20 pm

    Tube Nube wrote:Though light and airy, it tends also to have a certain fragility.

    One word- TERMITES

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    Re: Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by tubes4hifi on Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:59 pm

    plexus,
    check out the two photos on the bottom of my page here,
    PH15 custom "woody"
    I have a guy in Oregon that does these for me,
    when I return from vacaton I'll be selling a new SP10 preamp with Zebrawood sides, this photo is Rosewood.

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    Re: Cabinets for projects (enclosures)

    Post by plexus on Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:52 pm

    I think I found your guy. on ebay. i emailed him a couple weeks ago about needed some chassis'. After getting the PH15 together I just emailed him last night with dimension but have heard nothing back yet. hope he is still around because so far he is the only person I can find that makes wood sided chassis for a decent price

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