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Tiptop Mantis cases

Post by apfEID » Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:55 pm

well, look at that!

http://tiptopaudio.com/new/

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First batch of Mantis are now shipping to the shops at an introduction price of $335 fully loaded with power.
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Post by rayultine » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:12 pm

whoa! me likey

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Post by Smokey » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:17 pm

$335? Wow.

Finally.

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Post by trinithis » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:23 pm

Its interesting, but I'm not sure I would want to buy a plastic case.

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Post by scottmoon » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:45 pm

Smokey wrote:$335? Wow.

Finally.
Where did you find that price?
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Post by geremyf » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:14 pm

It's on tiptop's twitter...seems like a good deal. Let's hope the include screws :hyper: :yay:

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Post by Cata » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:31 pm

So that's where all the 104hp rails have gone...

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Post by jonpines » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:46 pm

I'll bet half of us on here started with a happy ending kit (i did). That's barely twice the cost and no connector cables hanging out the back. They should sell a ton of these.

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Post by absolve » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:52 pm

trinithis wrote:Its interesting, but I'm not sure I would want to buy a plastic case.
It is kind of unique in the modular world as far as I know, but when you think about it so many other things have plastic cases: drum machines, keyboards, etc. Why not a modular case? Seemingly it makes for a nice price point.

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Post by JohnLRice » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:06 pm

absolve wrote:It is kind of unique in the modular world as far as I know, but when you think about it so many other things have plastic cases: drum machines, keyboards, etc. Why not a modular case? Seemingly it makes for a nice price point.
Yeah, good price and looks nice! :tu:
I'm guessing there isn't much in the way of cases like this because injection molding is probably expensive if you aren't making large quantities, because the design phase and setup cost are likely high. :omg: The modular market is probably big enough now though that a large company like Tip Top could safely invest in something like this and commit to having enough made where it will be profitable for them. :tu:

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Post by Outtatune » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:20 pm

trinithis wrote:Its interesting, but I'm not sure I would want to buy a plastic case.
Once you've tried plastic, you won't go back :). My 12U Amalgamod is an easy carry because its plastic. That TipTop might make a nice expansion case, and at that price I'm not afraid to paint it!

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Post by trinithis » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:15 am

I guess the plastic legs are what make me second guess it. All that said, I might get it anyway because of the price point. I would be more interested if the plastic was textured (such as the one above). As far as other plastic gear, if metal/wood were available I would often choose those instead.

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Post by Accent » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:05 am

Seeing this, I'm so glad I didn't follow the advice I got everywhere to get a 9U for more money than the Mantis. I went on the (relative) cheap and filled a HEK and picked up a Mother-32 which has given me plenty to explore, and this comes at the right time for me to grab one now that I know I want to continue with eurorack but will need to upgrade on a limited budget.

One thing I noted-they mention portability, but is there any kind of a lid? I can't imagine moving this around without some panel protection.

Edit: also, just want to say that I wish there was a way to connect multiple units together to make the whole thing a bit more...well, modular, frankly. That's really been one of my biggest complaints when trying to plan future modular growth because I feel like I should have case options that reflect the needs I will have with customizing my instrument. It's a minor niggle here, but TipTop are probably in a better spot to adapt based on market needs, so hopefully this is noted.

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Post by chapelier fou » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:55 am

That's nice, beautiful, light and inexpensive.
I just wonder how to travel with this. No lid. Knobs on the surface.

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Post by Diamat » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:15 am

chapelier fou wrote:That's nice, beautiful, light and inexpensive.
I just wonder how to travel with this. No lid. Knobs on the surface.
I'd say that fits here:
https://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_effect_pedal_bag.htm

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Post by Val » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:25 am

For the studio, it seems really good, nice looking and cheap.

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Post by mdoudoroff » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:40 am

Diamat wrote:
chapelier fou wrote:That's nice, beautiful, light and inexpensive.
I just wonder how to travel with this. No lid. Knobs on the surface.
I'd say that fits here:
https://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_effect_pedal_bag.htm
I thought I remembered them mentioning some sort of lid in one of the trade show videos, but nothing announced formally yet. Obviously, TipTop themselves have already been traveling with these, so they must have some suggestion for protecting the modules during transit.

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Post by yghartsyrt » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:46 am

this looks nice

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Post by Innerself2007 » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:52 am

Would be interested in one of these for my next case. Has a great design and the price point is right on! No lid is a negative but for that price can't ask for more

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Post by Varthdader » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:12 am

Pity there´s no option in Black, but looks good.

As it is, It is no different than transporting a keyboard, needs a case/bag.

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Post by phonodyne » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:21 am

I believe there's some kind of bag in the works.

Really like the look of the case. I'm curious to know what the price will be in the UK.

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Post by EarlJemmings » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:26 am

Nice, I've been looking for a 6u 104hp case with power. My current 9u 84hp case is WAY too heavy. I swear the box weighs more then the modules.

Now if Mantis would be available in a black body, with some kind of lid I'd be so very sold.

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Post by Varthdader » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:31 am

How about a hinge/adaptor to close 2 mantis cases into one enclosed case with one central handle?

That would be ace :sb:

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Post by phosfiend » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:45 am

Jeez, between stackables and the Mantis TipTop seems to be finding those valuable gaps in the euro market... :moneyburn:

Looks good, and is making me second guess my imminent case purchase
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Post by stripes » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:55 am

glad someone is making an affordable case. the white curvy body is not really my thing, but hopefully this will make the market price go down a little for all future cases?

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