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Subject: FW: [AH] Like Superman

From: "Verschut, Ricardo" <ricardo.verschut@...>
Date: 2000-12-04

-----Original Message-----
From: Sevo Stille [mailto:sevo@...]
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2000 1:47 PM
To: Brent A. Busby
Cc: analogue@...
Subject: Re: [AH] Like Superman, We Cut Holes Through Solid Steel...

"Brent A. Busby" wrote:

> How does one make holes for the MIDI ports in such a solid instrument
> without using enough force to create a bomb crater in one's general
> vicinity? I've emailed Encore before about it, and they said the best way
> was to use what they called a "hole punch," which I've checked around on
> and found that it's an expensive machine

No, it isn't. A hole punch is a tool consisting of two hardened steeel
circular punches plus a gadget to press them together - you drill a
small hole, put the bolt (with the bottom part on it) though, put on the
top punch and lever, and fasten it until the punches have cut through.
About $60 hereabouts with a set of pro quality punches, and a wise

> I'm not likely to get my hands
> on. Also, it would probably involve taking every single circuit board out
> of the JP-8 first in order to use one safely, an idea I'm not very fond of
> either. Encore and Analogics will both do the upgrade for you of course,
> but it's somewhat expensive,

Of course it is. They'd have to take out all the boards to do it safely.

> Then again, you could use an electric drill, which would involve terrible,
> chip-loosening amounts of vibration, and metallic shavings flying
> everywhere and potentially shorting things out if every single one isn't
> recovered from the area.

You need to drill a hole for the punch as well. The advantage of the
hole punch is that it leaves a clean-cut centered hole with minimal
effort, for which you'd otherwise need a stand, have to build some
contraption to fix the JP-8 to the stand, and spill a generous amount of
drilling lubricant across the case.


Sevo Stille