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Title: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: boburtz on June 13, 2021, 10:52:26 AM
We had a few amp racks made by IndyCase in Indianapolis, which we love. They are exactly the same size as the rest of our road trunks; 22.5" x 30" x 30" high, shock mounted and have slam-lids with the slide-in lid pocket on the side, all the features we want and a great price to boot. They are perfect. Well evidently IndyCase is no more, and we need a couple more of these cases. Anvil can make them, albeit at twice the price, trying to avoid that expense if possible.

Anybody have a case builder they like with reasonable pricing? I know, it's a tall order at this moment...
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Lou Kohley on June 13, 2021, 01:04:02 PM
Maybe Space Case in Sacramento?
Joe has always taken care of me and builds great cases.

Joe LaRussa - 916-927-3131

LOU
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Brian Bolly on June 13, 2021, 02:15:55 PM
We had a few amp racks made by IndyCase in Indianapolis, which we love. They are exactly the same size as the rest of our road trunks; 22.5" x 30" x 30" high, shock mounted and have slam-lids with the slide-in lid pocket on the side, all the features we want and a great price to boot. They are perfect. Well evidently IndyCase is no more, and we need a couple more of these cases. Anvil can make them, albeit at twice the price, trying to avoid that expense if possible.

Anybody have a case builder they like with reasonable pricing? I know, it's a tall order at this moment...

There's a company that bought all of Indy Case Company's tooling, the old ICC shop foreman works there, and they build the same exact cases - Streamline Cases  (https://www.streamlinecases.com/).  From my searches it seems that they've been around for several years, so it's not like they started up out of the ashes from ICC.

I haven't purchased any yet as I just reached out a couple weeks ago, but the owner Paul was quick to respond and was confident they could match exactly what I had from ICC.

The one thing he did mention (and you should keep in mind) is that the prices quoted now many not be able to be held for long due to the price hikes in raw materials lately.  But reach out and hopefully you'll find what you're looking for.
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Dave Garoutte on June 13, 2021, 03:33:19 PM
Maybe Space Case in Sacramento?
Joe has always taken care of me and builds great cases.

Joe LaRussa - 916-927-3131

LOU
+1
I've had a couple of custom cases fabricated by Joe.
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Erik Jerde on June 13, 2021, 06:02:47 PM
The one thing he did mention (and you should keep in mind) is that the prices quoted now many not be able to be held for long due to the price hikes in raw materials lately.  But reach out and hopefully you'll find what you're looking for.

Thatís an important point to keep in mind.  Yearly price increases are coming quarterly (or faster) for some mfgrs now.  That 2x price from anvil might not be as outrageous as it initially seems, especially if youíre comparing to prices from a few years ago.
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: boburtz on June 14, 2021, 10:49:07 AM
There's a company that bought all of Indy Case Company's tooling, the old ICC shop foreman works there, and they build the same exact cases - Streamline Cases  (https://www.streamlinecases.com/). 
Thanks Brian, I've reached out to Paul and hopefully can get something similar to what we have.
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Brian Jojade on June 14, 2021, 01:15:24 PM
Thatís an important point to keep in mind.  Yearly price increases are coming quarterly (or faster) for some mfgrs now.  That 2x price from anvil might not be as outrageous as it initially seems, especially if youíre comparing to prices from a few years ago.

Yep.  Inflation in certain products is INSANE right now.  If there's plywood in the case, realize that in just the last year, the cost of that material is up around 300%, and they appear to continue to rise.

Custom built anything is going to cost a LOT more than it did just a few years ago.  All you can do is plan for that in your budgets.
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Brian Adams on June 15, 2021, 09:11:05 AM
That's a bummer that Indy Case is no more. I have a couple of their racks and workboxes and they're amazing. They were good people too, I hope they're off to bigger and better things.

I'm curious to see how your conversation with Streamline goes. Keep us posted!
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Ned Ward on June 17, 2021, 08:51:36 PM
+1
I've had a couple of custom cases fabricated by Joe.

They also did a road trunk for me and it was perfect for trade shows shipping everything by UPS/DHL freight (vs. the team shipping in cardboard boxes that disappear...) Joe was easy to work with.
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Steve Litcher on June 18, 2021, 08:22:37 PM
I just received a new case from Higbee Cases for my CTi1500 dLive console, and holy cats is it built like a tank. I believe Shane (owner of Higbee) builds any type of rack/case you might be interested in - it might be worth giving him  a call as well. He's super easy to work with, shipped incredibly fast, and pricing was in line with everything else I was getting quotes for. The quality appears to be top notch (baltic birch wood throughout).

www.higbeecases.com
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Dave Pluke on June 19, 2021, 06:48:02 PM
I just received a new case from Higbee Cases for my CTi1500 dLive console, and holy cats is it built like a tank. I believe Shane (owner of Higbee) builds any type of rack/case you might be interested in - it might be worth giving him  a call as well. He's super easy to work with, shipped incredibly fast, and pricing was in line with everything else I was getting quotes for. The quality appears to be top notch (baltic birch wood throughout).

www.higbeecases.com

Without your endorsement, I would move right past that site. Copyright date 2014 and this error across the top of the screen:

"Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/hnpn4qh6vwol/public_html/plugins/system/gantry/gantry.php on line 406"

Evidently, they're better at making cases than maintaining websites  ;) .

Was really just trying to find out in what region they were located (to judge if it'd be cost-effective to use them).

Dave
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Steve Litcher on June 19, 2021, 08:11:05 PM
Without your endorsement, I would move right past that site. Copyright date 2014 and this error across the top of the screen:

"Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/hnpn4qh6vwol/public_html/plugins/system/gantry/gantry.php on line 406"

Evidently, they're better at making cases than maintaining websites  ;) .

Was really just trying to find out in what region they were located (to judge if it'd be cost-effective to use them).

Dave

Yeah, same here. :) But he came highly recommended from my A&H/Shure/QSC reps - they all recommended him without pause. He's out in Arizona.
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Dave Pluke on June 20, 2021, 11:21:57 AM
Yeah, same here. :) But he came highly recommended from my A&H/Shure/QSC reps - they all recommended him without pause. He's out in Arizona.

Thanks, Steve!

Dave
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Brandon Scopel on June 23, 2021, 03:13:42 PM
There's a company that bought all of Indy Case Company's tooling, the old ICC shop foreman works there, and they build the same exact cases - Streamline Cases  (https://www.streamlinecases.com/).  From my searches it seems that they've been around for several years, so it's not like they started up out of the ashes from ICC.

I haven't purchased any yet as I just reached out a couple weeks ago, but the owner Paul was quick to respond and was confident they could match exactly what I had from ICC.

The one thing he did mention (and you should keep in mind) is that the prices quoted now many not be able to be held for long due to the price hikes in raw materials lately.  But reach out and hopefully you'll find what you're looking for.


Not to brand bash but IIRC talking to the ex-owner of Indycase he did not recondmend them, told me to go to with R&R
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Brian Bolly on June 24, 2021, 02:04:57 AM

Not to brand bash but IIRC talking to the ex-owner of Indycase he did not recondmend them, told me to go to with R&R

Owner of closed business does not recommend business who bought all his machinery and hired his people.  Maybe a little bitterness there?
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: boburtz on July 01, 2021, 02:12:21 PM
That's a bummer that Indy Case is no more. I have a couple of their racks and workboxes and they're amazing. They were good people too, I hope they're off to bigger and better things.

I'm curious to see how your conversation with Streamline goes. Keep us posted!
Paul at Streamline Cases built us a pair of identical cases to what we have according to the photos he sent, as he had the original CAD files. I'm glad to have found him and will be more glad to have matching inventory. A tip of the hat to Brain Bolly for enlightening me to Paul's unique ability to match what we have.
Title: Re: Source for affordable amp racks?
Post by: Justin McDaid on August 01, 2021, 03:26:48 AM
Maybe Space Case in Sacramento?
Joe has always taken care of me and builds great cases.

Joe LaRussa - 916-927-3131

LOU

Yes! Joe @ Space Case has been building me indestructible cases for over twenty years. Great guy and a real craftsman!
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