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Christopher_List at Sonymusic.Com
Christopher_List at Sonymusic.Com
Wed Oct 23 17:31:12 CEST 1996
> Well I happened to look at one of the sites today.
> What I discovered is that they can do them ON 1/8" aluminum panels.
> So why bother with the thinner stuff and hassle with glue when you can
> just get them to do the whole faceplate itself? All you have to do then
> is drill the holes, pop the pots and switches in and then bolt it onto
...yes, I saw this as well. The reasons are;
1. Shipping will be easier and cheaper for the thin stuff.
2. The versatility - like I mentioned before - of getting a sheet
larger or smaller than the plate you want to put it on. Getting a full
plate requires more agreement for everyone who chips in because it's hard
to add/takeaway parts...
3. The stuff comes with a self-adhesive backing that sticks very well
to anodized aluminum (yes, I've already called a place and I'm waiting to
get a quote back from them). Just peal it off and apply - no muss no fuss
4. 19" x 1/8" rack panels are common for us, but not for everyone
else. My experience with silk screening was that the cost for fabrication
of panels - small run - custom - was about the same as going down to Sam
Ash and buying them - and you can get them for up to half the price if
you find some mail-order place like Sweetwater doing a blowout.
5. This also gives people the option of doing budget panels made from
raw aluminum (not anodized), raw steel, or even plastic.
I will get prices for doing it as plates, though. Who knows, maybe the
difference is neglegable - in which case it'd be worth it....I'll post
prices as soon as I get 'em.
> On the issue of color, the company I was looking at,
> Schilling's Graphics, can do a variety of things to an etched panel.
> One of the samples of MetalPhoto I saw on the web used a gold metal
> black lettering. Very sharp. Also less glare. :)
Yeah, I saw that too - it was pretty sharp - looked almost like brass.
I, personally, am leaning towards the more "traditional" with a satin
finish, black with silver letters. I guess if we can get a decent number
of people to go in on it, we'll have to take a vote :).
I've already mucked up one attempt at getting something like this
together for the ASM-1 (due mainly to the high cost of silkscreening) -
but I'd like to give it another go. As you all know, I've got a layout
that I think is really rad (cool symbols and dial markings - not just
lettering) - so I'll probably be getting some of these made regardless
[quick aside] Sad thing is, while I was one of the first to get an
ASM-1 board, I still haven't built any! This was due mainly to a summer
hiatus - but now I'm back in the flow. I just ordered the MAT-02's for
the ASM1, just built a Moog filter (finally), and am working on a
redesigned version of my 2 channel cv mixer that uses 2024's rather than
2164's and uses Juergen's method for 100% panning (long story - deserves
another post) BTW, Juergen, the resitor network method works great! I've
renounced VCAs with exponential CV response as heretical...
One more question for Stew -
How hard is it to cut the .005 and .012 thickness stuff - any idea?
Will an office papercutter fold / screw it up? If this works as well as
it looks, and isn't too expensive, I may get some sheets made to re-do my
modular panels - and I'd like to do several panels at a time on 8.5x11
sheets and just cut them up...
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