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What is a good beginner 5U case for cheap
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joesdeals
What should I look for in a beginner 5U case?

Should I build my own or buy a stock case on Reverb

they seem pretty pricey usually
JohnLRice
It depends on how sure/unsure you are about the format. The main problem with beginner cases (in any format) is that they fill up quickly and then you'll need to buy a second case instead of another module if money is tight. And getting a 22 MU case is often no more expensive then getting an 11 MU case. Probably the least expensive way to go is build something basic out of wood if you have OK DIY skills or if you have some empty 19" rack space use rack frames to mount the modules.

Anyways, check the following sites for small cases and power supplies etc:
http://analogcraftsman.com/
https://www.synthesizers.com
https://www.noisebug.net/
joesdeals
JohnLRice wrote:
It depends on how sure/unsure you are about the format. The main problem with beginner cases (in any format) is that they fill up quickly and then you'll need to buy a second case instead of another module if money is tight. And getting a 22 MU case is often no more expensive then getting an 11 MU case. Probably the least expensive way to go is build something basic out of wood if you have OK DIY skills or if you have some empty 19" rack space use rack frames to mount the modules.

Anyways, check the following sites for small cases and power supplies etc:
http://analogcraftsman.com/
https://www.synthesizers.com
https://www.noisebug.net/


Ok thanks, Yes I also really like there custom size cases especially for just using one module set ups .
DrReverendSeance
When I was starting out in 5U (MOTM) format I decided to go ahead with the 19” rack option. I purchased flight cases inspired by pictures JohnLRice shared. The source was Audiopile and I purchased the R12UE-10 | 12 space 10" rack depth 2 Lid. https://www.audiopile.net/


I’m happy with this as it has made my modular flexible and portable over time, and there are many power options available in rack mount sizes.
burdij
I have been buying Box11 cases from Synthesizers.com for demo systems and to use for testing and videotaping. Here is a single Box 11 case with sidepanels and some "console" adapters (the aluminum side panels) that I made. It contains enough modules (the right modules, of course cool ) to patch a four voice paraphonic system. The case costs $150 and $80 for the walnut side panels. You could save some money by doing your own woodworking.

There are a number of expansion options available too so no wasted investment.

The other factor to consider is shipping cost. From Texas to Wisconsin, it cost about $30 as they ship the unit in a huge box. Your cats will love you forever when you give it to them, however.



The unit is powered by the small 30 Watt switching supply in the lower left. Synthesizers.com offers the QPS4 external power supply option which supplies about 12W but I will have a new supply available soon that supplies up to 45W and can be housed within the Box11 chassis that offers sufficient capacity for up to 22 modules. Here is a photo of the new supply:

Dave Peck
burdij wrote:
Here is a photo of the new supply:



Nice! A tip: To reduce cost and simplify assembly, consider replacing that clear plexiglass insulator piece with a sheet of Formex / fishpaper. It's way less expensive, it has the right mechanical, dielectric, and UL flammability properties for electrical insulation purposes like this and it can be easily cut and hole-punched like cardboard. Plus you would also eliminate the four short standoffs located between the PCB and the plexiglass.
Dave Peck
joesdeals wrote:
What should I look for in a beginner 5U case?

Should I build my own or buy a stock case on Reverb

they seem pretty pricey usually


If this is for studio use rather than gigging live, consider this solution - it's quite clever and really cheap!

https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65505&highlight=
Bowman
The Rast nightstand, which I used to house my modular, seems to have been discontinued by Ikea.
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