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when u outgrew ur first euro rack case did u....

Post by kat » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:32 pm

1 buy a bigger case?

or

2 buy a second case?

and why?

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Post by luketeaford » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:36 pm

3) Quit while you were ahead.


Don't imagine that applies to anyone though :)

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Post by Trilo » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:38 pm

4) Buy a Bigger Case AND Keep the Current Case

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The cases keep getting better and better so its harder to sell the older, lesser powered cases.

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Post by kat » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:49 pm

i more want to know like what u actually did when it happened to u and like tell me if u would change ur decision what you would have done different.

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Post by luketeaford » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:00 pm

I have filled up my first case and have only expanded by adding an 0-Coast (separate). I am probably going to save up for one of those enormous Doepfer 12U 168hp cases.

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Post by Trilo » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:04 pm

I started way too small, with a Doepfer Beauty case. Upgraded to a DIY IKEA rast cabinet. Now saving for something travel friendly with a beefy power supply.

If I were to start over, I'd just save right away for a nicely powered travel case, like the Elite cases.

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Post by MultiCat » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:08 pm

I started with a HEK, nearly filled it. My mind raced...I was upset. Bought a Make Noise skiff...more for the enclosed design. My wife wanted a Pressure Points to get physical with the system. I panicked, obviously we will eventually need two, and Brains. Bought a Mantis case. I figured I would sell the HEK. But then I thought, what if I want to put that uZeus in my empty 60hp Mother 32 enclosure in case of adorable add on rack. We obviously need to keep the Make Noise skiff cuz cool letters on the side. I'm so lost.

Hope this was helpful...

362 days in to Eurorack.

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Post by whinger » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:10 pm

I originally had a HEK, and when I could afford it, I bought a Goike. Like those above me, I kept the HEK and am working on filling the Goike. There is a strong possibility that once the Goike is filled, I will cannibalize the HEK and build my own case using the parts.

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Post by MindMachine » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:52 pm

I have a 3x84HP wood low cost Doepfer. I wanted more. I then built one that turned out great at 3x84HP. Then I decided to add/build an even bigger one at 2x 168HP. It turned out pretty sketchy but is mounted to the wall so all is good (not exactly portable). Now I am back to buying another Doepfer 2x 84. Then I have room for one last 1x84 which will also be a Doepfer woody.

So get bigger - yes. Get more - yes. Make or buy - yes.

And a Doepfer beauty case appeared in there somewhere too.
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Post by mritenburg » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:41 pm

If you are going to upgrade, go big. The bigger you go, the lower the cost per HP. When I outgrew my 9U, I went dual monster.

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Post by TheRosskonian » Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:10 pm

mritenburg wrote:If you are going to upgrade, go big. The bigger you go, the lower the cost per HP.
My experience shopping around has proven the opposite. I keep wanting to get a 9U case (or bigger), but the price per HP doesn't make sense. Am I looking at the wrong cases or am I on the wrong side of the pond?

To answer the original question: 6U cases seem the most cost efficient solution, so my answer is keep buying more cases.

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Post by MindMachine » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:39 am

^ Not sure what you are looking at, but with Doepfer wood cases here in USA these are USD prices:

3U x 84 HP @ $280.00 = $280.00 per row
6U x 84 HP @ $390.00 = $195.00 per row
9U x 84 HP @ $460.00 = $153.33 per row
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Post by lambwolf » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:27 am

I bought a 9Ux104 Monorocket Case. When i filled it about 3/4, i build a 12U x 104. Used some old doug fir wood and bought trogotronic power supply and it came out nice.

The monorocket case is a travel case, but i never take it anywhere. The lid just sits off to the side. The case i build doesn't have a lid or any tolex, so it was pretty easy to build.

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Post by mackster » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:36 am

I started out with a hek, then a 6u skiff that I was lent.by a fellow wiggler, next up was a doepfer p9 and I'm now debating whether to get another p9, or a p6 in addition to a controller skiff. Then I'll stop (or expand my studio)...hmmm.

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Post by mazzyboy » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:45 am

I've nearly filled my Doepfer LC9. I'm not planning on expanding anytime soon, but if/when I do, I'll get a LC base case for another 2 rows. They're designed to sit together, and with a nice wood stain, they look lovely too!

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Post by pitri » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:29 am

buy a new one.
you will never know how much it will grow.
if you have a setup that suits you, and you like to maintain that, sell the cases and get something you like, that fits the current rack but is also kind of expandable.

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Post by mdoudoroff » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:10 am

I started with 6U, bought a second 6U, then bought an additional 3U (“skiff”), then decided that was a terrible mistake and replaced one 6U and the 3U with a 9U, and now I’m looking at replacing the remaining 6U with a Doepfer Monster. A lot of these decisions have been driven by ergonomics and the space I’m working with. And GAS.

So many personal factors: is portability important, are you working with physical space constraints, how do you want the modules positioned relative to each other, blah blah? Also, I’ve found case availability to be spotty: sometimes when I’ve gone looking for a case, but pickings have been slim and I’ve had to wait months. For example, at this particular moment, I think there are a lot of cases that are out of stock around the world and they probably won’t recover until 2017.

While I don’t travel with my racks, I did decide that being able to slap a lid on mine was important to me. That ruled out all the larger racks that don’t have lids.

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Post by bemushroomed » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:19 am

I always bought another case (low cost doepfer) eventually DIY:ed them into one case.

I have 672HP now, sticking with that. There's always modules that i outgrow or find that i just don't use enough to justify their cost and space.

It went pretty quick to get to 672HP though, took perhaps 2 years, if even that. To outgrow this case (=be 100% satisfied with all modules, not wanting anything to go) - i think and hope that would take quite some time..
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Post by cpcompany » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:24 am

I went and bought two larger Doepfer cases. Couldn't stop myself, but had to lie about their price to my lass as we were saving to renovate the kitchen and our first bairn was in the way.

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Post by ghg » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:31 am

Bought a move 108 and returned it without opening it because I realized I'd gone way to small. Now I've just, technically, filled a 480HP case. [I have a System-1M that I'm probably not going to put in it, so I have 84HP to spare.]

I have plenty to work with for a while, but want a portable case (Trogotronic Collier is probably the frontrunner, or maybe Mantis if the bag gets released, otherwise probably Dark Modular or Monorocket) and some sort of standalone system like the Erica Black, Roland System 500, or Make Noise Music Concrete. So it's "buy a really huge case because everyone says get more than you need," and now augment with something smaller, but if I'd filled a smaller case then I'd probably keep that and get something huge.

Currently, I don't see how I'd buy a case, like it, and then want to get rid of it, unless it came down to money.

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Post by tuj » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:10 am

I stacked 8 more G6s.

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Post by Ramases » Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:17 am

I made a second case using a Doepfer DIY kit.

I started with a 4x84hp case that I'd also made myself.

I don't think it was until my 4th case that I had a prebuilt one - a Doepfer LC6.

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Post by TheRosskonian » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:50 pm

MindMachine wrote:^ Not sure what you are looking at, but with Doepfer wood cases here in USA these are USD prices:

3U x 84 HP @ $280.00 = $280.00 per row
6U x 84 HP @ $390.00 = $195.00 per row
9U x 84 HP @ $460.00 = $153.33 per row
I've been looking at it from a price per HP standpoint more than anything. Previously, the best case per HP that I found was the TipTop Mantis (not counting the used market). Though, the Doepfer 9U is close.

For those curious:
Doepfer low cost 9U x 252 HP total @ $460.00 = $1.82 per HP
TipTop Mantis 6U x 208 HP total @ $335 = $1.61 per HP
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Post by hyena » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:13 pm

i was smart enough (and broke enough) to start with just z-ears + rails so this gave me some time to understand that i would settle on a 12u and find the right case for me. at one point i had a rack stand to attach the skiffs to in studio and i used a pelican to bring the rows live. now they live well together in a thon 12u mixer case (very cheap but heavy as fuck) and in the case i just need one or two rows i can detach them and bring live just some of the modules...

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Post by Bartimaeus » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:15 pm

I have a lunchbox and a 6U monorocket, and I'm committed to never buying a case again. If I ever want to expand I'll DIY, but for now I'm trying to do the best with the space that I have. It's been working for the past few years.

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