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Post by theabsent » Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:30 pm

I might be repeating myself but I wouldn't make the the lowest row horizontal. Even in my rack where the lowest row is 20 degrees angled it's sometimes hard to see the texts "behind" (=on top of) the knobs. And when you sit higher and see those texts good then the top row is too low : ) Of course it depends what modules you put on those rows and how well you know your modules... My lowest row happens to be full of Doepfer filters which are all looking the same but have functions in different positions...

My next case will have the bottom row 30 degrees angled for this reason.

Maybe the 5 row rack would work better.

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Post by mono-poly » Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:58 pm

I love the 25 degree angle design but you need to start the botom panel at 15 egrees.

1st = 15
2nd = 40
3rd = 65
4th = 90

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Post by wetterberg » Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:59 pm

a valid point - but it also depends a lot on how you're seated in relation to the case.

I think a major plus in going from, say, 30° to 90° is that you save some desktop real estate in the process. BUT you gain height, which is a lot less ergonomic, if you ask me. Part of the mission is to avoid the stretchiness involved in playing the Monster Case or those big MOTM Moog-style cabinets.

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Post by mono-poly » Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:06 pm

yeah but when you start the first one at 15 degrees it won't collect dust that easy.
i've been studying your desings the past 2 days and i think i go for 15/40/65/90
thanks btw for the inspiration!
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Post by amnesia » Fri Nov 28, 2008 4:09 pm

also remember that if you are using bananas you will stack them and you dont want the lower boat annoying the upper boat

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Post by astroschnautzer » Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:59 am

theabsent wrote:I might be repeating myself but I wouldn't make the the lowest row horizontal. Even in my rack where the lowest row is 20 degrees angled it's sometimes hard to see the texts "behind" (=on top of) the knobs. And when you sit higher and see those texts good then the top row is too low : ) Of course it depends what modules you put on those rows and how well you know your modules... My lowest row happens to be full of Doepfer filters which are all looking the same but have functions in different positions...

My next case will have the bottom row 30 degrees angled for this reason.

Maybe the 5 row rack would work better.
Yes I have thought about that too and planned to put the doepfer touch plate keyboard (when it is released) on the right bottom row and on the left bottom row modules like a-190 and external input modules and other stuff you don`t nee to look at that much.

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Post by Kent » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:07 am

Konrad,

You are right. That shit is SEXY! And I'm not just talking about your underwear over there. :mrgreen:

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Post by siegfried Kuhn » Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:35 am

o.k. guy, it´s done. If mounted the rails, power sopply and bus boards. Now I have enough module space for the next year 8)

And sorry for the enormous pictures in the last post...
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Post by wetterberg » Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:39 am

oh snap, Konrad that is ACE!

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Post by astroschnautzer » Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:42 am

that looks great!

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Post by dkcg » Sun Dec 07, 2008 1:08 am

Image this is my basic design that I'm building right now. Now sure about final color yet, but it will be 9 u total. 6 up top, 3 down below. :sb:

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Post by Ivo Ivanov » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:01 am

dkcg wrote:Image this is my basic design that I'm building right now. Now sure about final color yet, but it will be 9 u total. 6 up top, 3 down below. :sb:

Nice one! Can't wait to see how it turns out...

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Post by Jari Jokinen » Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:14 am

siegfried Kuhn wrote:o.k. guy, it´s done. If mounted the rails, power sopply and bus boards. Now I have enough module space for the next year 8)
It looks so inviting compared to a normal rack "wall".

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Post by Babaluma » Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:57 am

yeah i'm having the guy at niceracks work on one for me at the moment. i think subjectively it turns it into an instrument, rather than just a set of studio equipment.

what software did you sue for that dkcg? looks great!

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Post by Cat-A-Tonic » Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:10 am

Mine is gradually getting closer to completion.
I have found a wood plane to be a great asset in fixing angles.
The boards were not cut at 90 degrees from the hardware store.
I had originally planned a case with an angled bottom very similar to your design DKCG,
but now I've decided to go with a straight vertical case for my first one.
My second will be angled for control modules and the vertical will stack on top.
This plan should make the system more manageable for live transport.

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Post by dkcg » Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:58 pm

Image

Angles are hard. :lol: At least w/o the proper tools. I used a mitre saw to make all my cuts, so the case stands fine with no wobble, but the angled cuts and the rails, I could have used some more precision, but it's good enough to hold modules while I decide if I'll go all the way and sand it and put a finish on it. I'll probably end up just spray painting it flat black.

I may see if I can get use of a CNC machine an old boss has and make this thing proper.

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Post by dkcg » Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:01 pm

Babaluma wrote:yeah i'm having the guy at niceracks work on one for me at the moment. i think subjectively it turns it into an instrument, rather than just a set of studio equipment.

what software did you sue for that dkcg? looks great!
I whipped it out in Maya with MentalRay renderer.
I use Maya for a living, so this was fun crossing both worlds.

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Post by scozbor » Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:51 pm

dkcg wrote: I use Maya for a living
show us yer shit then!!!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :sb:

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Post by dkcg » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:01 pm

That's the rack full of shit that Maya built. :lol:

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Post by wetterberg » Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:45 am

dkcg wrote:
Babaluma wrote:what software did you sue for that dkcg? looks great!
I whipped it out in Maya with MentalRay renderer.
I use Maya for a living
phew! Was feeling a bit inferior there for a minute!
beautiful render, that.

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Post by revmutt » Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:44 am

Babaluma wrote:yeah i'm having the guy at niceracks work on one for me at the moment. i think subjectively it turns it into an instrument, rather than just a set of studio equipment.
That's totally true. I have an uncle who does really nice wood work and did my Moog cabinets but I don't want to keep asking him to build stuff.

It's difficult when you don't have the space or tools to build. I'm lucky to have time to make music. I am eager to see what Mr. Niceracks does.

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Post by amnesia » Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:17 am

Konrad

You have got to start selling these as kits...I would but one even to just cut it down to 19" wide...

I have a cabinet for my Serge but its way to heavy and I want to move it around

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Post by siegfried Kuhn » Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:09 am

I thought about that but found out even a kit would probably be to expensive for most users. With all the electronic stuff like power supplies and bus boards, all the mechanical parts like the rails ( which are more than 10 Euros each ), the fine wood and the work it would come out to more than an original monstercase, maybe even more than two monster bases. I think its much nicer than these, but most people would not spend that much money on a DIY Kit. AND it is to heavy to move it around too.

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Post by flts » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:13 am

I found four pairs of rails stashed (two DIY kit ones I didn't use before, and two Proma style ones I still had left) and kind of got inspired - I guess I'll try to make something similar to Konrad's 4 tier but only 84HP wide. We'll see how it works out with two different styles of rails and my woodworking skills.

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Post by Parametex » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:40 pm

Konrad (or anyone else on the know)

What brand are the rails used in your case? Is there any benefit of having the 'loose screw' model instead of the tip top rails? The ones in Konrads rack look perhaps a bit stronger ...

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