I have been working on a DIY T2 for 2 years. From time to time other projects move the T2 aside, I am working slow and patient on the T2. The electronics are not hard to build, but I want to create striking casework and I am being very patient and drawing design after design to come up with just the right look. I like polished copper so there will be some copper. The heatsinks are normal black aluminum and they will be exposed, forming the sides. I think the top will be made of black glass, holes drilled for the tubes, with chunky polished copper trim around the tube openings. There will also be some exotic wood on the front - padauk, bubinga, lacewood or cocobolo- I am going to use the color of the wood to visually tie the copper front panel and the black glass top panel.
Here's a piece of cocobolo that I have, it's of the rosewood family (Dalbergia retusa) - you can see how the colors in the wood would visually tie the 1/4" thick copper front panel to the black glass top. Only thing is, this wood doesn't have much "depth" or "fire" to the grain. No chatoyance. It is quite pretty though.
For the level control knob I have this...
I cut the volume knob out of tigers-eye, a semiprecious mineral....
Those aren't cracks, they are quartz inclusions
The whole thing is polished glass-smooth
You can't really appreciate how light "flows" through this material in a static photo.
This will have a narrow base machined from copper or polished brass.
On the inside I have a Goldpoint attenuator, etc.
The sad thing is that circumstances may force me to sell it shortly after I finish- I've become disabled and can no longer work. At any rate, creating something nice is a joy in itself. More than half the fun, for me. Way more.