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    sKiZo

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    Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:53 pm

    Rainy days in Michigan, eh. tongue



    Did white shrinkwrap on the Russian PIO upgrade and they looked kinda bland. A bit of fun with Photoshop and printed up the decals on standard label full page stock. Wotcher think?


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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by tubes4hifi on Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:55 pm

    VERY NICE !! Very Happy

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:20 pm

    Why, thankewverymuch! My original plan was to dress them up like Bumblebees, but I think this turned out pretty slick. The artwork is based on what was printed on these specific caps in case somewhere down the road somebody tries to deconstruct what's going on under the hood.

    My only concern is heat, but from what I can find, heat really isn't an issue inside the chassis. The labels themselves are just paper (Avery full sheet label material), and I debated gloss coating them, but I'll leave them as is and see what happens. I overlapped the label about a quarter inch, and they stick right tight to the heatshrink too.

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by tubes4hifi on Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:30 pm

    if someone had clear heatshrink (which I haven't found in that size yet) then the labels could go on the caps before the heatshrink!

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:39 pm

    If I could have found clear heatshrink, I wouldn't have needed the labels as that stuff's already printed on the cap. I'd also have been able to preserve Bob's chicken scratched matching numbers in all their glory for posteriorarity!

    PS ... couldn't help but notice you've got your large caps mounted on the wrong side of the board in your avatar ... tongue

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by hawaii.ken on Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:43 pm

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Feet-1-ID-CLEAR-HS-PVC-HEAT-SHRINK-TUBING-/260627024647?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cae94cb07

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:08 am

    I'd be ashamed to tell you what I paid for what I used. Not being much into this whole planning thing, I ended up getting lucky and finding some at the local hardware store. Hefty stuff though - it's what they use for waterproofing underground electrical joints.

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by Zimmer64 on Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:48 am

    Very neat work!!

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by tubes4hifi on Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:21 pm

    thanks Ken, I bought the 3/4" clear the same seller had for $8, enough for about 24 caps

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:59 pm

    I've got some florescent pink and green label stock here - that'd certainly brighten things up ... Shocked

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by hawaii.ken on Sun Apr 14, 2013 2:22 pm

    tubes4hifi wrote:thanks Ken, I bought the 3/4" clear the same seller had for $8, enough for about 24 caps
    You're welcome!

    Pics of the wrapped caps would be appreciated by all I'm sure.

    Also a question: do the green Russian PIO caps need to be wrapped?

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:29 pm

    FYI ... about a quarter inch of overlap on either end should be good to dress the ends nicely. Any more, and you get like a nipple effect ... not that I got anything against nipples ...

    Heat gun too ... I'd think the standard bickum flickus approach would stain a clear covering?

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by Maintarget on Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:57 pm

    The clear shrink tube works great!
    [img][/img]http://s1325.photobucket.com/user/RoscoeAJones/media/Bottomdriverboard_zps621e42e4.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by hawaii.ken on Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:46 pm

    Maintarget wrote:The clear shrink tube works great!

    Is that the same "shrink tube" from my Post #11?

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:29 pm

    Nipples!! tongue

    I see you put your caps on the wrong side too ... apparently a lot of that going around.

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by Maintarget on Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:54 pm

    If it is the same shrink tube Fry's electronics sells then yes it is the same Very Happy
    All caps on the bottom of the board to facilitate a smooth, flush mount in enclosure with no fasteners showing.
    First build and job demands so the plan is to take my time no rush, more to come soon.

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:13 pm

    My plan was to rush but I started thinking on a custom chassis when I stumbled across this one ...



    The perfect platform for purty PIO's ...

    http://wardsweb.org/audio/ST70/

    I REALLY like the shape of the wood. Only thing I'd change is cutting in a front panel for twin volume and bias meters. I photoshopped this mockup just for shitzengiggles ...



    The tube layout would really compliment the big KT120 tubes I plan to use too.



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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by corndog71 on Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:28 pm

    sKiZo wrote:My plan was to rush but I started thinking on a custom chassis when I stumbled across this one ...

    The perfect platform for purty PIO's ...

    http://wardsweb.org/audio/ST70/

    I REALLY like the shape of the wood ... only thing I'd change is cutting in a front panel for twin volume and bias meters. The tube layout would really compliment the big KT120 tubes I plan to use too.

    Wardsweb is well-known over at the Bottlehead forum and yes, he's very talented.

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by DarthBubba on Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:55 pm

    Okay, before we wander too far off the original topic - Pretty PIOs: Is there any compelling reason to favor PVC shrink tubing over polyolefin (the usual) shrink tubing? Question

    Besides "It sounds better, man!" lol!

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by Maintarget on Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:21 pm

    That custom enclosure with the curved look is bitchen.

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by poconoman on Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:47 am

    hawaii.ken wrote:
    tubes4hifi wrote:thanks Ken, I bought the 3/4" clear the same seller had for $8, enough for about 24 caps
    You're welcome!

    Pics of the wrapped caps would be appreciated by all I'm sure.

    Also a question: do the green Russian PIO caps need to be wrapped?

    I would do it, in fact, I am. I'd rather have some peace of mind than a possibility of a short.

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by sKiZo on Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:37 pm

    Cheap insurance for a relatively large investment ...

    Been thinking of shrink wrapping my tubes too ... any recommendations? geek

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by Captain Coconut on Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:00 pm

    I fired up my ST-35 the other day, let it warm up for 5-10 minutes, and smelled something weird when I went back to the room. It smelled like burnt plastic. A plastic sandwich baggie had accidently slipped off a pile of CD's and landed alongside a nice hot EL84! It created a nice half circle divot in the baggie. I was able to get most of the plastic off the tube, the melted plastic having the substance of a very soft ju-jube. geek

    Not exactly shrink wrap, but kinda'.

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    Re: Pretty PIOs

    Post by TorontoDave on Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:12 pm

    Captain Coconut wrote:I fired up my ST-35 the other day, let it warm up for 5-10 minutes, and smelled something weird when I went back to the room. It smelled like burnt plastic. A plastic sandwich baggie had accidently slipped off a pile of CD's and landed alongside a nice hot EL84! It created a nice half circle divot in the baggie. I was able to get most of the plastic off the tube, the melted plastic having the substance of a very soft ju-jube. geek

    Not exactly shrink wrap, but kinda'.

    Get it as clean as you can then use lighter fluid and a rag to remove the rest. The lighter fluid will dissolve the plastic gooey residue and leave you with a clean tube. Warning - let dry completely before re-installing.

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