ektoquip wrote:Not really trying to bump this thread, but somehow I got knocked off the update email and missed a lot of traffic.
It's not clear if you expect an update email for each post, but if so, no, you only get one until you visit the thread again while logged in .
Here's my thinking on a couple of issues.
"Flimsyness"? --- Take a measurement of the thickness of the front panel. A panel made from .032 is more flimsy than a panel made of .05 or .062. That's simple enough. Nothing to debate.
We were debating perceived flimsyness of rack rails, not front panels. And no, it's not that simple, as Mr Blacet pointed out regarding L-shaped vs U-shaped rails. (Similar to Moog Unit modules having flanges at the sides for stabilization whereas e.g. 6U Wiard modules don't. And just to make sure on this: Blacet front panels are quite robust)
A power supply adapter (buck or zener or something) should also exist shortly.
Hinton Instruments can make you +/-15V PSUs with added 12V taps, as mentioned before in this thread. There may be others too, I don't know.
IMO, the entire community will soon see the inherent advantages of bananas and in a decade, it'll all be Euro format banana panels.
That's a dream. Euro is popular partly because it's cheap (compared to Buchla, Serge, Wiard, and also to 5U if you count real estate as money). Bananas are expensive. And they don't allow for normalled connections.
And with hundreds over hundreds of modules already out there... just no.
Even Serge... I don't know STS vs R*S sales figures vs DIY figures, but anyway, even Serge is now being built in relevant quantities with 3.5mm after 45 years of mostly bananas.
'Course, that'll probably piss-off EVERYONE. But Apple does that kind of thing all the time so why not?
Because the modular synths "cottage industry" isn't the personal computer industry.