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Andrew Broughton

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Portable racks
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:24:19 pm »

So.... What’s new in portable 4u racks? I’ve seen all the usual suspects - gator, skb, pelican, but looking to see if anyone’s found anything better from perhaps a less well known manufacturer? There’s millions of them!

Ok, here’s what would be ideal:
4u
16-20” deep
Front and rear rails
Lightweight but protective
No external latches that break or don’t close properly (skb/gator)
Anything that doesn’t have those annoying lids? Pocket doors? Flat covers?

I might just go with a 4u “coverless” rack inside a pelican briefcase for shipping, but maybe someone that travels a lot like me has come across something particularly cool that I can check out?


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Re: Portable racks
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 02:45:49 pm »

Andrew,

Try checking out Pro X cases; I think their site is something like ProXdirect.com and Roadcase USA. I have a couple of their cases and they have worked out very well. Is it want you want??? You have to decide, but I think almost any company will make what you want; if you want to pay.

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 03:23:42 pm »

I think almost any company will make what you want; if you want to pay.

Scott
Sorry, I forgot to say, not looking for extrusion/laminate cases - I know lots of suppliers of those kind of custom cases. More something lightweight, plastic/nylon or something like that.
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Re: Portable racks
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 03:56:18 pm »

Sorry, I forgot to say, not looking for extrusion/laminate cases - I know lots of suppliers of those kind of custom cases. More something lightweight, plastic/nylon or something like that.

Penn-Elcom offers a polypropylene hex-cell material for making light weight cases using, so far as I know, conventional road case construction -- aluminum extrusions, rivets, etc. It takes the place of the plastic laminate covered plywood panels. I purchased a good amount of it to make a headliner for the cargo area of a cargo van, and it worked well for that. I've never seen an actual road case made from it but it might be worth exploring with a custom case builder.

I had a mixer case built by Anvil/Calzone using 1/4 in. (I believe) laminate and it turned out really well. Not tour-worthy, but good for me and pretty light for a conventional case.

Having said all that, if someone knows a small rack that's like SKB, but much, much better, I'd love to know about it, too.

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Re: Portable racks
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2019, 04:16:14 pm »

Check out the EWI cases at Audiopile.net. I just bought a 6U 18" deep with front and rear rails. Padded covers. Was like $150. They have from 1U up to 8U or so. The one I have is almost too heavy with my interfaces, switches and Furman in it.

They also have shock mounted ones if that's a requirement.
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Re: Portable racks
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2019, 04:26:10 pm »

I just bought a 6U 18" deep racist with front and rear rails.

They also have shocked mounted ones if that's a requirement.
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Re: Portable racks
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2019, 06:09:23 pm »

Well, that's what you get when you post from your phone and don't proof read the auto correct typos.

Don't even know what I meant there.
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Re: Portable racks
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2019, 07:39:57 pm »

Here's a company that makes truly mil spec cases and racks.

https://www.ecscase.com/packaging-solutions/rackmount/

My uncle was a rep for them a while back and he gave me a bunch
of his old rep samples, mostly trunk style cases, you can say there built tough!!

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Re: Portable racks
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2019, 09:30:11 pm »

The latches on the old SKB cases were awful.

The new cases in the 1SKB line are pretty good and the covers fit very well. In fact, I have a 1SKB-R4S shallow 4u (10+”) case coming tomorrow. They have another model that is 17”, the 1SKB-4RU.

I have 2 of the 2u shallow racks and I really like them.



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Re: Portable racks
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2019, 10:09:50 pm »

The latches on the old SKB cases were awful.

The new cases in the 1SKB line are pretty good and the covers fit very well. In fact, I have a 1SKB-R4S shallow 4u (10+”) case coming tomorrow. They have another model that is 17”, the 1SKB-4RU.

I have 2 of the 2u shallow racks and I really like them.

Agreed, the new SKB and Gator cases are much better than the old style.  I've been using them quite a bit and have been happy with them for moderate duty utility cases.  However, if you're dealing with shipping or TSA, I think the case in the Pelican is still the way to go. 

If the weight is your priority then I like Besonbox for non-rackmount stuff that you have to schlep around, like laptops. https://bensonbox.com

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