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----- Original Message -----
From: "Brent A. Busby" <brent@...>
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2000 3:42 AM
Subject: [AH] Like Superman, We Cut Holes Through Solid Steel...
> I have a JP-8 that I've been using for some time now with the MD-8
> DCB/MIDI convertor. I also have Encore's JP8MK MIDI upgrade board.
> Getting the two to become one is going to involve some problems.
> The electronic part doesn't bother me much. The real problem is that
> Roland built the darn thing TOO well. I swear, if you shot a gun at a
> Jupiter-8, the bullet would probably bounce off. It might not even
> scratch the paint.
> 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 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, and the worst part is it would involve
> shipping it to them and back. My JP-8 already survived a trip through UPS
> once from Georgia with no side-effects. I'm not feeling lucky enough to
> go to Las Vegas, so I'd really rather not try that twice.
> 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. Not good. Or maybe you could use a hand-augur
> of the kind used for drilling into wood. It would take forever, and you
> might wear through several bits trying to get through the thing, but maybe
> it would work.
> Or maybe I'll just ask Mr. Chekov if I can check a phaser out of the
> ship's armoury and cut through cleanly. I'm about out of ideas. Anybody
> ever put MIDI ports onto a board with a thick skin like this before?