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  • Help me pick out a rack case

    Tried posting this on reddit.. but I have a feeling many more gearheads are here.
    So I've slowly migrated to a rack setup to ditch a pedal board and for overall ease of use/setup.

    Current gear: Avid eleven rack (2u) Rocktron velocity power amp (1u) Rocktron hush (1u)

    I have this stuff currently in a 4u standard depth case, with a power strip and a morpheus drop tune shoved in the empty space in the back. I hate how cluttered and BULKY this case is. There's no good way to place it anywhere since it's practically a foot deeper than the top of my 4x10 slanted cab (which is already small as it is).

    What I want: add a rack mount power supply, add a method to mount the drop tune pedal.. preferably in a slide out rack drawer.

    So what I'm looking for help on is to find the best way to do all this. I want it to look right sitting on an amp so I think I need to get a shallow case. I'm thinking it may be possible to mount my current gear in the front of a shallow case, and then fit a small power supply and sliding shelf in the back. The power supply will easily fit. I'm not sure on a shelf, I'd have to measure. I know I could fit all this in the front/back of my current case.. but like I said it's just so oddly shaped sitting on top of my cab.

    Anyway, maybe someone else has a completely different idea, so what do you guys think?

  • #2
    I bought a 2 space unit from Rondo, believe it or not, it has thicker stronger material than SKB .... and it stacks well and tight with my SKB rack cases too.

    http://www.rondomusic.com/equipmentracks.html
    How many guitarists does it take to screw in a lightbulb ? Five , one to screw it in , hit the switch and four to sit around bragging how much better they could have done it !!!! 😱👹😲

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    • #3
      You could always buy some raw rack rail and build a rack case to the dimensions you prefer if you can't find one of a suitable size.
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      • #4
        Maybe even cover it with Tolex to match your amp?
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        "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

        - George Carlin

        "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

        - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

        "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

        - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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        • #5
          Or you could get a 14 RU rack on casters and put the 4x12 on top of it! Get the cabinet up to ear level so you can hear it better (as if it were ever a problem) and you'll have space for more stuff. 'Cause you're never really done when you have empty rack spaces!
          One more time kids; equalizers are not cross overs, vocal mics are not cymbal mics and pan knobs are not three position switches. As you were.

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          • #6
            I bought this 6u from Reverb.com yesterday --$99. I would definitely check out what Reverb.com has on hand.
            Last edited by Etienne Rambert; 06-16-2015, 08:25 AM.
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            • #7
              Wow, that looks like a nice rack for a hundred bucks!
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              "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

              - George Carlin

              "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

              - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

              "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

              - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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              • #8
                Yea that's a great price. They charge you an arm an leg on some of them.

                I built my own for my guitar rig. I only needed 4 spaces. I didn't even use the rack rails. I just light pine for the sides and used 1X2"s cut to size and glued in for the rails. I then used wood screws with nice recessed washers to hold the gear in.

                I added some nice brass corners, handles and all. The tough part was getting the front and rear lids to work. I had to try several latches till I found ones I like. This was quite awhile ago before I bought stuff on the internet so I was using hardware store stuff. You can buy the key type butterfly locks on line these days would be best because they can lay flat.

                I don't use racks any more live. Too darn heavy. I use the one I made in the studio.

                The pro made stuff is allot lighter today. I have an older rack unit that's about 2.5' high. Its made of 3/4" plywood with the heavy duty wheels and handles. I cant even load it in a truck when its loaded. The best I can do is tilt it up on the tail gate and slide it in. A dead lift would take 3 guys.
                This is why its better to use multiple units stacked maybe 4 or 5 spaces. Maybe 6 if its light weight. Otherwise you'll be worn out before you ever strap up to play.

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