Because I can!! AhahahhaHAHHAHAHAHAAaaaaa!!
Anyway, here's the concept. All one panel for the top, front, and back, with wooden sides.
- Panel dimensions are expanded to 13x13 for the top. Front and back are 3 inches. The TungSol KT120 drivers are pretty tight together on the stock chassis, and this should allow better cooling. I'll be doing a perf panel on the bottom so there should be decent enough "chimney effect" around the glass. Theoretically of course.
- Chromated aluminum, so it should shine with a bit of polishing. Should be right purty when the lights go out.
- The sides of the panel will be inset into the wood for a clean seam, and I'll add copper plated phenolic board to complete the "envelope" which should keep the chassis quiet. Theoretically of course. I'll run threaded rod stock with blind caps side to side to hold the wood to the case.
- I'll be moving the quad cap inside (plenty of room now - heck, I'll even be able to put the chokes in straight!
- The rectifier is moved to the center, and I left enough room for a BIG bottle if I go that route. I figure on using a Philips 5R4GYS. That should look right at home with the KT-120 drivers, and it SHOULD work with the amp. Theoretically of course.
- The front panel will include two bias gauges, mono and power sliders, and separate volume controls for each channel. Got a couple real nice Mallory 50K pots looking for a home. I'll also have the usual bias test points on the top of the panel, but may be able to get away with just the meters. They're a decent size scale and supposed to be pretty accurate.
- The rear panel will have the input jacks (two sets, bridged, so I can do an internal loop to my Sansui quad which will be used as a pre-amp.
The entire panel pictured would be CNC cut as one piece at a gawdawful ridiculous price, and they don't do bends. That's what the line of oblong cutouts at the front and back of the "top" are for. That should make it easy to bend the panel by hand to what I need - a square corner for the back, and an angle yet to be determined to slope the front. I'll play that by ear when I'm cutting the wood sides.
So ... waddaya all think? Suggestions, comments, belly laughs? Still thinking out loud here, and the design is easy enough to change. Did I forget anything?