08-22-2013 01:48 AM
I have had a basic pedal board setup just for home recording for a while and decided it was time to lump both boards together into one "good" board for gigging. I wanted to start by finding a cool case...so I stopped on my way home from work at the ARC Thrift Shop a few blocks from home...went down twoards the luggage aisle, and away from the rest, out in the middle of the aisle (as if someone had set it aside) for $1.99 was this bitchin' old suitcase!!! I'm so stoked! I went for that mother like Jim Carrey went for Mary's briefcase in the airport....
08-22-2013 03:50 AM
I've done many such projects. The lid is the best option for mounting the board to the lid, unless this is just a case to carry the board around in.
If you install some removable hinges so the top will come off when its opened. Then mount the board to the lid, the lid shouldnt have a lip thats too high for the board to mount in it. I've used velcro strips to mount the board to the lid and you're good to go. If you want to get fancy you should be able to make the board hollow and have your power supplys below the board, out of the way. You could hinge the board for access to the power supplies below, but that would require additional drilling screws in.
You just have to determine if the lid will lay flat on the floor when pressing the pedals down. That one looks like its curved or padded and may move around with a board mounted to it, so a removable board may be your best option.
08-22-2013 03:54 AM
Yeah, my board is removable - the top / bottom wouldn't work. - it's basically just for keeping everything secure while on the go and look super rad.
08-23-2013 05:00 AM
I wouldn't worry about it. She doesn't know anything about anything.
08-23-2013 10:28 PM
That is really cool. Thrift shops are awesome. Over on TDPRI they've been talking putting combo amps into vintage tweedy suitcases recently, and it wasn't a day later I found these in my local thrift shop.
Saw a big one, priced at four bucks. hummed and hawed about it for a few minutes. Walked around a bit more. Came back, opened it up. There was a smaller on inside!
What I want to do is put something like a Traynor quarter horse in it, and a ten inch in the deep side, then mod the lid so I can put all my harps and a bullet mic in dedicated spaces inside the lid. Or, perhaps pick up some kind of mobile battery powered amp - still looking around, thinking. So much major mojo happening here
One guy from Japan saw these pics and almost swooned... he said something like these would be worth hundreds of dollars in Japan. Considered ebaying them - LOL. My wife thinks I'm crazy too.
08-24-2013 12:13 AM
Oh those are just fantastic! Look at those suitcases! Yeah - an amp case out of those should be a smash hit, I would think!
08-27-2013 11:25 AM
I have seen many such projects and cant say u did the best I will say try coz if u know what u r doing u can do better. butits a good start
08-29-2013 11:25 PM - edited 08-29-2013 11:25 PM
I have seen many such projects and cant say u did the best
I didn't do the best you've seen at what? Picking out a suitcase? Well Geeze. I thought I did a pretty good job, haha.
Just yanking your chain man. Thanks?
08-29-2013 11:26 PM
El Glom-o wrote:
Cases for portable typewriters can make real nice small pedalboards, too.
Ah good thinking! Yeah - just about perfect...and even a little more resiliant almost...
08-30-2013 06:31 PM
Good find. I have the exact same suitcase for my main board except mine is a light blue tourister. It works great! I bought mine for $3.
09-03-2013 08:49 AM
So I FINALLY found some time today. I am going to run a piece of 1/4" plywood across the entire bottom, and will "panel" in the raised part to hide wiring and such...and simply put a hinged back on so it can drop down and access can be gained. It doesn't give a guy a whole lot of room to work in there...but enough for my purposes. The board is approximately 19" x 12" - 1" Hi-Density foam lining the 'suitcase' - will carpet the bottom and velcro the tops! My pedals are at the studio, so I had to use cardboard cut-outs, but you get the idea. This will be my "everywhere" board and will feature (and is about as much as this pedal board can facilitate, quite honestly).
tc electronics PolyTune
Dunlop Original Cry Baby Wah
MXR Dyna Comp
MXR EVH Phase 90
Boss TR- Tremelo
Joyo Digital Delay
As soon as I get everything together I'll get up one last photo...any suggestions on the velcro to use? I want some hardcore **** that will never come off, if you know what I mean.
09-04-2013 11:13 PM
It's a curse, actually. My garage is cleaner than parts of the house. I can't handle it messy, so I clean as I go....also; I slapped together a "island" work bench with the leftovers from that counter top (got that stuff on Craigslist for $20 - it's 10' into a corner and another 8' out, with a 3'x2' island worth from a busienss that was closing and had it in their basement! - just had to build the "legs") and that's where most of the drilling, cutting, sawing, slapping, drinking, smoking, and destroying goes on. It's a bit messier, but I'll tell you something: not much....
09-21-2013 11:16 PM
Well, I didn't like the way the first board laid out...so I redesigned it, with glow-in-the-dark green paint because I was having trouble seeing the board even with a clip-on lamp in my basement with the lights dim...so I've retrofit the lamp with two black light mini-bulbs and this paint. It looks great and almost treats it like night-vision goggles, honestly.
My Polytune replacement should have come in today while I was at work and I can't find my Way Huge Fat Sandwich pedal...also; going to add a Tremolo and be done with it - any suggestions?
I will get a video up tomorrow or Monday with some details.
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