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post #76 of 1944
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Originally Posted by FallenAngel View Post
Any updates on the Lansing cases for this amp? Mine has been sitting uncased for a little bit and I'd love to get my hands on one of those cool looking custom cases for it.

As for the price, it does seem quite high for a case, perhaps without a silkscreen it would be cheaper?
Now wait a minute!!!

The price for two end panels on the teeny-tiny Mini3 case is $40(!) and now the entire MiniMAX case - with machined & anodized cooling slots top, bottom, both sides, machined front and rear panel, silkscreening on both ends - at $50 is "quite high for a case?"

Please ... I'm juggling many things at once, here. We are close to holding the Group Buy. I just need to finish my own MiniMAX and do a bit of extra drawing. The price is worked out and everything has been confirmed with Lansing. So all we need is interest enough for 100.
post #77 of 1944
x (1 or 2) for sure =)
post #78 of 1944
Didn't mean to discourage your generous efforts Tom, you know I'll be in for the case for my MiniMAX; I was just thinking that $50 for a case is a "quite higher" than what I usually spend.

As for the Mini^3 panels - definitely made for a select crowd. I'm just so much more utilitarian
post #79 of 1944
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Originally Posted by FallenAngel View Post
Didn't mean to discourage your generous efforts Tom, you know I'll be in for the case for my MiniMAX; I was just thinking that $50 for a case is a "quite higher" than what I usually spend.

As for the Mini^3 panels - definitely made for a select crowd. I'm just so much more utilitarian
No problem - I didn't mean to snap. It's just that I worked for weeks going back and forth with Lansing to get the price down to where it is now. It's not going any further unless we delete the side slots. That might save us $5 a case and IMSO (InMyStrongOpinon), that would be a foolish savings. We need as much cooling as we can get.

Other things were done - it took several days for me to drag it out of Lansing that they were going to charge us $300 for a special key-way punch for the power switch hole. The heck with that - we both agreed to just drill a small hole there, instead.

The overall slots were reduced by making them slightly larger, then decreasing in number. The bottom was simply reproduced from the top - no extra slots all along the bottom anymore. This is reasonable; there is only a very small perimeter space between desktop and the bottom of the case. So, more slots would be wasted beyond the cross-sectional area of the clearance from the desktop.

The side slots were cut down to one row only and then only in line with the sinks.

Finally, it turns out that Lansing could not do "voided" silkscreened text. IOW, for a black case, I had proposed using white shaded areas on the back with the natural finish of the case showing through to form the words, "AUDIO INPUT," "TUBE BIAS," and "POWER." However, Lansing explained that wouldn't work - they'd have to print back over the white with black lettering. Unfortunately, that causes an extra tooling and setup charge. So, the black-shaded rectangles have been removed in favor of outlines, only.

So, here is the latest and greatest, and the agreed-upon, priced-out design with Lansing. I need to finish my MiniMAX and do some LNMP testing. Once we do that and it checks out, then I'll order the production boards and set about having a couple of Group Buys for the cases:






These are linked to the actual, plotted PDF's. So, you can right-click and download the genuine drawing.

I'm also working on a rendering that will help us market the Group Buy a little better than just these drawings.
post #80 of 1944
Simply outstanding - whatever we are paying you, it isn't enough.
post #81 of 1944
oh heck, i need another hybrid like i need a hole in the head, but I'm in whenever you get things rolling Tom. That's just outstanding.
post #82 of 1944
I'll be in for two!!!
post #83 of 1944
I wonder if a Mini-MOSFET-Max is possible with the level of ventilation in that case? Any thoughts?
post #84 of 1944
Wow!

I was planning a DIY wooden case for this, but looking at the results (and the very affordable price ) I think I'll be in for 1 (maybe 2). Great work as usual, Tom!!!!

Are they going to be black or clear?
post #85 of 1944
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Originally Posted by Alcaudon View Post
Wow!

I was planning a DIY wooden case for this, but looking at the results (and the very affordable price ) I think I'll be in for 1 (maybe 2). Great work as usual, Tom!!!!

Are they going to be black or clear?
Thanks. Lansing has said we can mix the buy between silver or black, but I need to confirm the tooling and setup charges. They quoted both separately, so I suspect that if we wanted a mix, that tooling & setup would be X2.

If we get 200, that means we could mix. That's because the tooling and setup charges are trivial when spread across 100 units. Otherwise, we may have to limit it to one or the other. I'll find out, report back, and also try to summarize the cost breakdown and let you guys help me decide how to structure the Group Buy.

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Originally Posted by Beefy
I wonder if a Mini-MOSFET-Max is possible with the level of ventilation in that case? Any thoughts?
We think so, if the bias is held to 80ma. However, it would definitely be an "advanced" build. As such, we are not going to recommend it as an "official" option - at least until we gain more experience with the case design.
post #86 of 1944
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Originally Posted by tomb View Post




Can't we make it go to 11?
post #87 of 1944
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Originally Posted by tomb View Post
We think so, if the bias is held to 80ma. However, it would definitely be an "advanced" build. As such, we are not going to recommend it as an "official" option - at least until we gain more experience with the case design.
That sounds like a challenge, tomb. But first I need to investigate how much it would cost me to get hold of a full complement of Black Gates
post #88 of 1944
Status update: I've lost my epoxy :P
post #89 of 1944
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Status update: I've lost my epoxy :P
Why epoxy?
post #90 of 1944
well, I had to glue the tube socket sides back together cause they're about next to go in 'had' to, cause I found the epoxy
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