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DIY Amazon Eurorack Case
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hotstepper
Hey guys

Im starting my first eurorack system and im trying to find a cheap case to get me started. I need it to be portable and light so I thought about using this case from amazon to fit 6U 84HP rails inside

https://www.amazon.ca/AmazonBasics-Hard-Camera-Case-Medium/dp/B01L0LVJ 4S/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1548302980&sr=1-3-spons&k eywords=pelican%2B1500&th=1

Do you guys think its large enough? Any potential problems I should look out for? Any other recommendations for a cheap case?
cackland
Have you set up a modulargrid account yet? Do you have a few modules already?

Other's have suggested in the past, to purchase the largest case you can afford now. This way you have room to grow, as you will most likely need it, depending on your modular ambitions.

6U 84HP is a good place to start.
Bartimaeus
That case could work great to get started, but it doesn't seem cheap to me, especially since you'll need to do the work of gutting the foam and mounting rails and a power supply.

In general, rails and power are the most expensive parts of a case (for example, a single Happy Ending kit is $175 USD). DIY is often a great way to save money on the enclosure by using plywood or inexpensive lunchboxes, but if you're going to spend that much on an empty box then maybe you might as well just get something with rails integrated already.
mcnys
one of the cheapest case you can diy is this one: http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2015/12/18/27-free-diy-eurorack-case -designs/

send the case file you chose to your local laser cutter, get some glue and rails. 6U should cost you around 100usd (it depends on how cheap you can get your rails, it might be cheaper than 100usd in the end). I've cutted a 3U 104hp for 35 euro(this is including plywood), and got rails for 40euro (rails were quite expensive).
hotstepper
cackland wrote:
Have you set up a modulargrid account yet? Do you have a few modules already?

Other's have suggested in the past, to purchase the largest case you can afford now. This way you have room to grow, as you will most likely need it, depending on your modular ambitions.

6U 84HP is a good place to start.


https://cdn.modulargrid.net/img/racks/modulargrid_831491.jpg

So far this is what I have planned. I own everything except the uZues and harmonaig. Im not too sure which direction I ultimately want to take with the modular but I figured this was a good way to start. I can always keep the SV-1 out of the case as well and use the space for more modules too
hotstepper
mcnys wrote:
one of the cheapest case you can diy is this one: http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2015/12/18/27-free-diy-eurorack-case -designs/

send the case file you chose to your local laser cutter, get some glue and rails. 6U should cost you around 100usd (it depends on how cheap you can get your rails, it might be cheaper than 100usd in the end). I've cutted a 3U 104hp for 35 euro(this is including plywood), and got rails for 40euro (rails were quite expensive).


I like this idea and I may end up doing this but I was mainly looking for something with a removable lid. Do you know if there are any designs like this I could use for something like that?
oilpanic
The cheapest way is to not use traditional rails at all. You can use any piece of wood and just about any box as long as you are OK with it not looking all that pretty. Build yourself a Frequency Central Powerbus, a thriftstore DC PSU and you are on your way.
blakeq
I would suggest getting a happy ending kit and a used skb or mixer style rack off of Craigslist or whatever electronic classified site is popular in your neck of the woods

A used mantis case would be another option. That would get you power and 6u by 104.
housepig
Throwing a plug for Trogotronic in here - per previous posters if you're needing to add power to the case, for close to what it will cost to assemble you might want to look at the Collier 168:

https://trogotronic.com/product/m168/

Solid, rugged, plenty of power and very responsive if you have any questions or assistance with it after purchase.

Also, lid is removable!
hotstepper
housepig wrote:
Throwing a plug for Trogotronic in here - per previous posters if you're needing to add power to the case, for close to what it will cost to assemble you might want to look at the Collier 168:

https://trogotronic.com/product/m168/

Solid, rugged, plenty of power and very responsive if you have any questions or assistance with it after purchase.

Also, lid is removable!


I think this is what im looking for thank you!
Bartimaeus
I wasn't aware of the Trogotronic case, that thing looks really great for the price!
housepig
Bartimaeus wrote:
I wasn't aware of the Trogotronic case, that thing looks really great for the price!


If I ever need to expand past the space I have (the Collier 420), it'll be what I get. Nelson, the guy behind Trogotronic, is a super nice & helpful dude who stands behind the stuff that he builds 100%.
InsectInPixel
I converted this case into 12U 104-ish HP. only $30
https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-22-in-Pro-Organizer-Black-222571/20 5440492
If you have a dremel tool, you can cut out the plastic to free up space for deeper modules.
on the lid, i could fit a Synthesis Technology E350 (pretty deep)
on the bottom, it's tapered a little so you have to shave off a couple HP on the rail for it to fit. it's like 102 hp instead.
it's worth a consideration.
Rex Coil 7
You can buy Vector rail in bulk (20 feet that is cut into four 5 foot lengths) at Mouser. This helps to lower the cost of Vector.

This is a "four pack" of 60 inch long Vector rail. It is exactly what is used in many Euro cases. It requires "2.5mm" nuts and screws (aka "M2.5").

Bulk Vector Rail LINK =
https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Vector/TS-600/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMunUzj jy9jngdW3PFEV8dH8ClNBYdcadHI%3d

At $77.60 for a total of twenty feet of Vector rail, it comes to $3.88 per foot (plus shipping). 60 inch lengths yield a little over 3 84HP rails each. So five 60 inch pieces of Vector will produce 15 rails. Which comes to SEVEN rows of 84HP Euro, with one 84HP rail left and five 6 inch long pieces left over.
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M2.5 nuts, threaded strips, screws, and nylon washers may be purchased at Pulp Logic. Scroll way down and look at the listings along the right margin, they will take you to all of those pieces of hardware.

M2.5 Hardware LINK =
http://pulplogic.com/product/m2-5-threaded-strip/
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Synthrotek has a wide selection of rack rail brackets and other case solutions .....

Rack Rail Brackets LINK = http://store.synthrotek.com/Eurorack_Enclosures
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And the ultimate protective finish for wood is Rustoleum "Truck Bed Liner Spray". I use that stuff on every synth cabinet (and other things in my studio). It comes in any color you want, as long as you want black.

Truck Bedliner LINK = https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/auto/truck-b ed-and-undercoating/truck-bed-coating-spray/

EDIT: It appears the Rustoleum bed liner spray also comes in a "Tan" color that looks like a ~sand~ color.

Here's what the black looks like .....







SonicVoltage
Rex Coil 7 wrote:


And the ultimate protective finish for wood is Rustoleum "Truck Bed Liner Spray". I use that stuff on every synth cabinet (and other things in my studio). It comes in any color you want, as long as you want black.

Truck Bedliner LINK = https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/auto/truck-b ed-and-undercoating/truck-bed-coating-spray/

EDIT: It appears the Rustoleum bed liner spray also comes in a "Tan" color that looks like a ~sand~ color.


Oh cool, thank you for this tip, I did use other types of spray paint products like Metal effect, leather effect, etc... on some 1U rack ears for some patchbay I think... but the one you talk about I shuold try on some case, cheers thumbs up
honeyb
Rex Coil 7 wrote:
You can buy Vector rail in bulk (20 feet that is cut into four 5 foot lengths) at Mouser. This helps to lower the cost of Vector.

This is a "four pack" of 60 inch long Vector rail. It is exactly what is used in many Euro cases. It requires "2.5mm" nuts and screws (aka "M2.5").

Bulk Vector Rail LINK =
https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Vector/TS-600/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMunUzj jy9jngdW3PFEV8dH8ClNBYdcadHI%3d


M2.5 nuts, threaded strips, screws, and nylon washers may be purchased at Pulp Logic. Scroll way down and look at the listings along the right margin, they will take you to all of those pieces of hardware.

M2.5 Hardware LINK =
http://pulplogic.com/product/m2-5-threaded-strip/

Synthrotek has a wide selection of rack rail brackets and other case solutions .....

Rack Rail Brackets LINK = http://store.synthrotek.com/Eurorack_Enclosures


Awesome links! Thanks! I've bought rails/ears from Exploding Shed in Germany, problem is my wine crate/case is 90hp wide and I didn't want to pony up for them to cut the rails to a custom length. Grabbing some rails from Mouser would make it easier for me to go with custom lengths.
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