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Title: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 02, 2013, 05:00:09 pm
I need to protect my new mixer and in the past I had used the SKB pop-up. Because I am very careful with my equipment, this style of case worked well because 1) it gave me adequate protection, 2) It was light to carry and 3) It gave me access to everything at the back whilst remaining protected. However, the SKB case is only 5.5" deep and the new mixer is 7.5".
At one time I used my SKB case for my mixwiz without rotating the rear pod and although it was technically too deep for the case (7.5" again),  it simply meant that the ratchets did not rest in a horizontal posiition when released.
I have checked out everything I can online but I must be missing some options.
I figure there will be more to choose from as time goes by but I was wondering what anyone else is using????
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Corey Scogin on December 02, 2013, 05:09:48 pm
Audiopile's MixWiz case should fit nicely:
http://audiopile.net/products/Cases/Mixer_Cases/MXC-12L/MXC-12L_cutsheet.shtml
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: TJ (Tom) Cornish on December 02, 2013, 07:56:31 pm
Audiopile's MixWiz case should fit nicely:
http://audiopile.net/products/Cases/Mixer_Cases/MXC-12L/MXC-12L_cutsheet.shtml
do you know that to be the case?  The Qu-16 is pretty tall in the back.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: George Friedman-Jimenez on December 02, 2013, 09:04:41 pm
Maybe call Mark at Audiopile and ask him? I have that case and it is well built and solid, plenty of room in the back.

Just noticed you had your measurement of 7.5" in your OP. I measured 7.75" from the inside floor of the case to the top of the rails at the back end of the rails, measuring along the surface of the patchbay part of the mixer, perpendicular to the rails. The patchbay part of the Mixwiz is set perpendicular to the (slanted) top of the mixer. I would still call Mark to make sure, but if the 7.5" you measured is along the patchbay section, you should be fine.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Corey Scogin on December 02, 2013, 10:29:36 pm
do you know that to be the case?  The Qu-16 is pretty tall in the back.

Based on the dimensions provided by A&H and Audiopile, I'd bet yes.  As George mentioned, it wouldn't hurt to call Mark to verify.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 02, 2013, 11:38:54 pm
Thanks Guys. I appreciate the info. I'll call Mark tomorrow just to be sure but it looks like it might be the solution.
From the pictures and description, it does look good quality.
It'll be heavier than the SKB but not a bad trade-off considering the savings in weight going from my 12U rack /mixer case combo full of processors and my mixwiz to the QU16 in a case -nothing else needed. Yep - I'll take the latter.....
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Rob Spence on December 03, 2013, 12:00:42 am
Thanks Guys. I appreciate the info. I'll call Mark tomorrow just to be sure but it looks like it might be the solution.
From the pictures and description, it does look good quality.
It'll be heavier than the SKB but not a bad trade-off considering the savings in weight going from my 12U rack /mixer case combo full of processors and my mixwiz to the QU16 in a case -nothing else needed. Yep - I'll take the latter.....

A good case is a good thing to protect a mixer.


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Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Corey Scogin on December 03, 2013, 12:05:28 am
Depending on your preferences, a Pelican style case may work too.  I have an LS9 in one of these and I really like the amount of protection, the wheels, and the weight of it.
http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail_storm.php?Case=iM2875

It looks like that case would be a good fit for the Qu-16 as well.  The tradeoff is that you have to pull the console out of the case to use it.  The Qu-16 is a sexy piece of hardware though.  It's somewhat of a shame to hide it in a rack.  The Pelican cases can be ordered with pick-n-pluck foam so you can form-fit it for the mixer.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on December 03, 2013, 08:34:02 am
Depending on your preferences, a Pelican style case may work too.  I have an LS9 in one of these and I really like the amount of protection, the wheels, and the weight of it.
http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail_storm.php?Case=iM2875

It looks like that case would be a good fit for the Qu-16 as well.  The tradeoff is that you have to pull the console out of the case to use it.  The Qu-16 is a sexy piece of hardware though.  It's somewhat of a shame to hide it in a rack.  The Pelican cases can be ordered with pick-n-pluck foam so you can form-fit it for the mixer.

I'm presently carrying mine in an accordion soft case/shoulder bag.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 03, 2013, 08:46:56 am
A good case is a good thing to protect a mixer.


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I agree...no corners should be cut here.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 03, 2013, 08:56:31 am
Depending on your preferences, a Pelican style case may work too.  I have an LS9 in one of these and I really like the amount of protection, the wheels, and the weight of it.
http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail_storm.php?Case=iM2875

It looks like that case would be a good fit for the Qu-16 as well.  The tradeoff is that you have to pull the console out of the case to use it.  The Qu-16 is a sexy piece of hardware though.  It's somewhat of a shame to hide it in a rack.  The Pelican cases can be ordered with pick-n-pluck foam so you can form-fit it for the mixer.

I like the look of these. However, I although I agree the QU16 is a very nice looking desk and should be exploited as such !!!,  I think I'd rather use something that the mixer can stay in when in use. It just gives me more confidence when in a crowd of people. It has not happened yet but I dread that day some idiot falls on the mixer and probably me!! It has been a close call on rare occasions!
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 03, 2013, 08:57:38 am
I'm presently carrying mine in an accordion soft case/shoulder bag.

You are so resourceful Dick - who'd a thunk?
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Kim Guibord on December 03, 2013, 09:13:02 am
Based on the dimensions provided by A&H and Audiopile, I'd bet yes.  As George mentioned, it wouldn't hurt to call Mark to verify.
I would not be comfortable with this type of case, As you know the venting is on both sides of the input (rear) panel and with those side panels to rack mount the unit, You could be obstructing air flow, The case that I have is like a regular console case with plenty of protecting foam to keep the console stable.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Corey Scogin on December 03, 2013, 11:53:36 am
I would not be comfortable with this type of case, As you know the venting is on both sides of the input (rear) panel and with those side panels to rack mount the unit, You could be obstructing air flow, The case that I have is like a regular console case with plenty of protecting foam to keep the console stable.

Cooling is certainly a consideration.  Sitting the mixer on a soft surface may also partially block the lower vents.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: TJ (Tom) Cornish on December 03, 2013, 11:56:23 am
I don't own a Qu-16 (yet), but I will say that generally speaking, I love Pelican cases for anything that fits in them.  They are pretty reasonably priced, and offer great protection.  The foam padded Pelican would offer significantly better protection than the EWI rack would, though you'd have to take the mixer out to use it.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: anonymous on December 04, 2013, 06:34:57 pm
Maybe one of these two?
http://www.gatorcases.com/news/press-releases/road-safe-cases-for-allen--heath-qu-16-mixing-console-from-gator.aspx
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 04, 2013, 10:05:15 pm
Maybe one of these two?
http://www.gatorcases.com/news/press-releases/road-safe-cases-for-allen--heath-qu-16-mixing-console-from-gator.aspx

Thanks for the info......I like the second one. It would probably do what I need it to.
I called Mark yesterday at Audiopile and he is looking into what he can do to take care of the ventilation issue that was mentioned earlier with his case. I'm just pleased to see some options out there....
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 05, 2013, 10:42:02 am
Till I have found exactly what I need and so I can start taking this mixer out , I just purchased another used SKB pop-up case for now.
As I said in my first post, it will work if I add foam to the lid. It simply means that the rack rails will not rest in the horizontal position but remain inclined when the case is closed. At least I will have some protection till I find the right case. The nice thing about these cases is that I get to choose the working position of the desk which is nice 'cos I'm a shorty and when the case is placed on a table or a rack, it makes things easier for me to see.
I'll be able to sell it at very little or no loss once I purchase something else.
Still checking into the Audiopile option and considering all those that have been suggested by you good folks.

Now finding the rack ears is another matter - out of stock wherever I go !!!
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on December 05, 2013, 12:29:20 pm
Give Ryan Jenkins a shout by PM.  He may be able to hook you up on anything A&H.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: anonymous on December 05, 2013, 01:24:05 pm
As I said in my first post, it will work if I add foam to the lid. It simply means that the rack rails will not rest in the horizontal position but remain inclined when the case is closed. At least I will have some protection till I find the right case.

Which part of the mixer isn't fully protected using the SKB pop up case? The knobs at the upper part of the mixer or maybe the screen?
I was thinking about using exactly that case if I keep the Qu16.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 05, 2013, 01:47:50 pm
Which part of the mixer isn't fully protected using the SKB pop up case? The knobs at the upper part of the mixer or maybe the screen?
I was thinking about using exactly that case if I keep the Qu16.

When you attach the lid, a ledge holds down the pop up frame to prevent the mixer from moving  usually. If the frame does not return back to its horizontal position due to the mixer being a little deeper as in this case,  the ledge does not do its job so the mixer can move up and down when being moved/transported.
I have found that if I put foam on the lid even if it is just a small strip glued to the lid directly above the top of the desk, it will hold the desk in place once the lid is closed down on to the base.
It does work because I used this method for my mixwiz before I decided to rotate the input section to allow it to fit properly and the mixwiz is around the same height as the QU16 in that configuration.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 05, 2013, 01:49:22 pm
Give Ryan Jenkins a shout by PM.  He may be able to hook you up on anything A&H.
Thanks Dick...I tried to locate him in members section but no luck. Do you know whether he is listed under a slightly different name or spelling??
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on December 05, 2013, 01:55:15 pm
Thanks Dick...I tried to locate him in members section but no luck. Do you know whether he is listed under a slightly different name or spelling??

RYAN LOUDMUSIC JENKINS

all caps.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 05, 2013, 02:59:34 pm
RYAN LOUDMUSIC JENKINS

all caps.

Thank you...sent him
a quick PM....
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Michael Kim on December 14, 2013, 03:05:29 am
Hi Debbie,

How did you get the SKB case to close at all? I got that same SKB case by mistake and I can't seem to get the lid to close because of the height of the QU-16. Did you just remove the ledge on the top of half of the case? Did you end up going with this case option?

-Michael


When you attach the lid, a ledge holds down the pop up frame to prevent the mixer from moving  usually. If the frame does not return back to its horizontal position due to the mixer being a little deeper as in this case,  the ledge does not do its job so the mixer can move up and down when being moved/transported.
I have found that if I put foam on the lid even if it is just a small strip glued to the lid directly above the top of the desk, it will hold the desk in place once the lid is closed down on to the base.
It does work because I used this method for my mixwiz before I decided to rotate the input section to allow it to fit properly and the mixwiz is around the same height as the QU16 in that configuration.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 14, 2013, 02:04:26 pm
Hi Debbie,

How did you get the SKB case to close at all? I got that same SKB case by mistake and I can't seem to get the lid to close because of the height of the QU-16. Did you just remove the ledge on the top of half of the case? Did you end up going with this case option?

-Michael

When you put the lid on make sure that you either turn it around 180 degrees so it is on upside down or twist the lid when you put it on so that the little tabs go underneath the adjustable frame not on top and then level it. Either way should work. If you measure the height of the case it is about an inch more than you need overall. You just need to add some foam to ensure that the mixer doesn't move around when it is being transported.
I have tried attaching some photos but the files are too large. I'll try again..
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on December 14, 2013, 02:10:10 pm

I have tried attaching some photos but the files are too large. I'll try again..

dd...

http://www.shrinkpictures.com/
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 14, 2013, 07:33:54 pm
Hi Debbie,

How did you get the SKB case to close at all? I got that same SKB case by mistake and I can't seem to get the lid to close because of the height of the QU-16. Did you just remove the ledge on the top of half of the case? Did you end up going with this case option?

-Michael


Finally got pictures resized...thanks to Dick..


Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 14, 2013, 07:36:04 pm
Finally got pictures resized...thanks to Dick..

OK, not very clear really but the first one shows the foam I attached to the rail at the top and covered it in Black Gaffers tape to make it look nice and stay put. The second shows how I 'hook' the tabs under the rail before I place the lid on the base. Hope this helps...I cannot imagine why yours wouldn't do the same assuming it is exactly like mine....

One more thing..to make sure the mixer stays put I have also laid an inch thick layer of foam in the bottom of the case. This ensures that when the lid presses down slightly on everything it holds the mixer tight.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Michael Kim on December 14, 2013, 07:37:50 pm
Ahh, I must have a different version of the SKB case. I'm looking at this one: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SKB19P12

Unfortunately, it has 2 latches on one side and two hinges on the other, so the top can't be rotated 180 degrees. Maybe yours is different? Because of that, the wiggle doesn't quite work either, since the hinge poles are too long. I'm also looking into the audiopile case, so please let me know what you find out!

Thanks!
Michael

OK, not very clear really but the first one shows the foam I attached to the rail at the top and covered it in Black Gaffers tape to make it look nice and stay put. The second shows how I 'hook' the tabs under the rail before I place the lid on the base. Hope this helps...I cannot imagine why yours wouldn't do the same assuming it is exactly like mine....
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 14, 2013, 07:45:44 pm
Ahh, I must have a different version of the SKB case. I'm looking at this one: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SKB19P12

Unfortunately, it has 2 latches on one side and two hinges on the other, so the top can't be rotated 180 degrees. Maybe yours is different? Because of that, the wiggle doesn't quite work either, since the hinge poles are too long. I'm also looking into the audiopile case, so please let me know what you find out!

Thanks!
Michael

Well that explains it.  I didn't realize there was a different design for that size. The link you gave took me to a picture of the same one I have. No hinges  - just 2 latches per side. 
I will stay on top of the Audiopile case - haven't heard back yet from Mark but I would prefer a more permanent option so will prompt him at some point. I'm just pleased to be able to protect my little investment during transportation and at the venue !
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on December 14, 2013, 07:53:34 pm
Finally got pictures resized...thanks to Dick..

Thanks for the pics.  Looks like I'll be able to do the same setup and return the accordion case to its primary use...
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 15, 2013, 09:40:07 pm
Used the SKB case last night for transport to the gig and it worked like a gem.....
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Philip Rasmus on February 24, 2014, 12:57:59 pm
I am looking for a QU-16 lift-off style case for versatility (i.e., occasionally pull out for a less imposing look in tidy corporate gigs).  Is anyone familiar with this http://www.swanflight.com/allen-heath-qu-16-flightcase.html (http://www.swanflight.com/allen-heath-qu-16-flightcase.html) case, or recommend another?  I would also prefer to not have to have it shipped from over the pond.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on February 24, 2014, 01:03:04 pm
I am looking for a QU-16 lift-off style case for versatility (i.e., occasionally pull out for a less imposing look in tidy corporate gigs).  Is anyone familiar with this http://www.swanflight.com/allen-heath-qu-16-flightcase.html (http://www.swanflight.com/allen-heath-qu-16-flightcase.html) case, or recommend another?  I would also prefer to not have to have it shipped from over the pond.

Looks to me like it's just a box with nothing to keep the mixer from receiving any shock to which the box may be subjected.  I'd look VERY closely at it.  Gator and SKB are available world-wide, I think, and their "pop-up" configurations are very nice. 
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Philip Rasmus on February 24, 2014, 03:23:25 pm
Looks to me like it's just a box with nothing to keep the mixer from receiving any shock to which the box may be subjected.  I'd look VERY closely at it.  Gator and SKB are available world-wide, I think, and their "pop-up" configurations are very nice.
Yes, I questioned what appears to be the lack of foam blocks on the fader side.  Other pics of the case (http://s90.photobucket.com/user/jonnybass1968/library/Q16%20case?sort=2&page=1 (http://s90.photobucket.com/user/jonnybass1968/library/Q16%20case?sort=2&page=1)) reinforced my concerns.  I also prefer the twist portion of the latch to be on the lid.  That is why I was hoping for a recommendation for a [US sourced] option.

I believe a properly designed foam lined case would better protect a device from shock than their rail-mounted counterparts (shock mount varieties excluded, of course)... then again I'm pretty careful with my gear.  I would however, prefer the option of easily removing the console from the case.

Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on February 24, 2014, 03:59:42 pm
Yes, I questioned what appears to be the lack of foam blocks on the fader side.  Other pics of the case (http://s90.photobucket.com/user/jonnybass1968/library/Q16%20case?sort=2&page=1 (http://s90.photobucket.com/user/jonnybass1968/library/Q16%20case?sort=2&page=1)) reinforced my concerns.  I also prefer the twist portion of the latch to be on the lid.  That is why I was hoping for a recommendation for a [US sourced] option.

I believe a properly designed foam lined case would better protect a device from shock than their rail-mounted counterparts (shock mount varieties excluded, of course)... then again I'm pretty careful with my gear.  I would however, prefer the option of easily removing the console from the case.

I'd rather have the rack/frame assembly take the shock than applying constant pressure to any control assemblies...even without shock.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Hanno Meingast on February 24, 2014, 11:17:55 pm
Ahh, I must have a different version of the SKB case. I'm looking at this one: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SKB19P12

You have a different model. (TSA approved)  You can use a drill and drill out the rivets that hold in the
angle brackets that are in your way. Then glue an appropriately  sized piece of foam in the lid.  It's what I had to do for my Mixwiz
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on February 25, 2014, 01:16:01 am
Ahh, I must have a different version of the SKB case. I'm looking at this one: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SKB19P12

You have a different model. (TSA approved)  You can use a drill and drill out the rivets that hold in the
angle brackets that are in your way. Then glue an appropriately  sized piece of foam in the lid.  It's what I had to do for my Mixwiz

Hanno...

You don't have to alter the case at all, just turn the lid around and slip the tabs UNDER the top bar of the pop-up frame.  You have to glue a couple of pieces of foam to the bottom of the case to pad the mixer and put some foam on the top bar.  For the top bar I've just used some 1/2" water line insulation.  Cut two sections, one for either side of the canvas lifting tab.  They snap right on.  I hot glued mine to keep them in place, but you could use gaff tape.   
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Kev Jones on February 25, 2014, 07:25:08 am
I am looking for a QU-16 lift-off style case for versatility (i.e., occasionally pull out for a less imposing look in tidy corporate gigs).  Is anyone familiar with this http://www.swanflight.com/allen-heath-qu-16-flightcase.html (http://www.swanflight.com/allen-heath-qu-16-flightcase.html) case, or recommend another?  I would also prefer to not have to have it shipped from over the pond.

I bought one of those cases for  a QU-16 a few weeks ago.  Great case.  I've had no problems with it.  The mixer sits snuggly in the case - I've not detected any movement.  I wanted a particularly lightweight case, so they made one with some kind of honeycomb plastic panels.  Very light case, appears to be very strong.  Service was excellent... the cases are made to order - and I needed it quicker than their normal delivery time, so they fast tracked my case at no extra charge.

Just to be clear... I have no affiliation with Swan Flight (but I used to be a mechanical design engineer - so I'm quite picky over what I buy).  It's the first time I've bought from Swan Flight - and I'd buy from them again.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Hanno Meingast on February 25, 2014, 12:26:27 pm
Hanno...

You don't have to alter the case at all, just turn the lid around and slip the tabs UNDER the top bar of the pop-up frame.  You have to glue a couple of pieces of foam to the bottom of the case to pad the mixer and put some foam on the top bar.  For the top bar I've just used some 1/2" water line insulation.  Cut two sections, one for either side of the canvas lifting tab.  They snap right on.  I hot glued mine to keep them in place, but you could use gaff tape.

Dick,
The new cases have a hinge for the top on one side of the case, and latches on the opposing side only.  There is no way to turn the lid around.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Michael Kim on March 10, 2014, 12:22:46 pm
Doesn't seem like anybody sells the old version with 4 latches (two on each side) any more. Another reason to hate the TSA I suppose.

I may end up going with the rack mount version of the Swan case. I was just a bit wary of buying from overseas, since it seems like a hassle/extra cost. Kev, how was the process of purchasing from them (or are you in Europe?)

Does anybody have a custom case maker in the US that they like? Shipping is pretty killer from overseas.

-Michael

Dick,
The new cases have a hinge for the top on one side of the case, and latches on the opposing side only.  There is no way to turn the lid around.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Kev Jones on March 10, 2014, 01:53:13 pm
Michael, I'm in the UK... and that's where Swan Flight make their cases... so I can't comment on the practicalities of getting them to ship outside Europe.  For my transaction, they were very easy to deal with and they offered to prioritise the manufacture of my case (at no extra charge), in order to fit in with my time constraints.  I'm glad I called them to discuss my requirements (instead of just using the online ordering page) as... 1. they were able to guide me to the lightweight option (the lightweight panels added about £20 to the price - but, for me, it was worth it in order to save some weight)... 2. We were able to discuss my time constraints (and I guess the web ordering page wouldn't have prioritised my case).

I'm very happy with the case.  I think someone on a forum commented that they didn't like the fact that the butterfly part (ie the moving part) of the catches are on the section of the case that the mixer sits in.  As an ex. mechanical design engineer, I can see pros and cons with either approach.  I guess the moving part of the clasp is more vulnerable to damage... so it could be argued that it's better to have that part on the base that stays with the mixer (during the gig) as it could be more likely to be damaged by handling errors (if it was on the case lid) when the case lid is stored off stage during the gig.

Hope this helps.... but, as I say, I'm in the UK... so I can't comment on the practicalities of a transatlantic transaction.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Earl F Young on August 28, 2014, 01:41:31 am
I'm presently carrying mine in an accordion soft case/shoulder bag.

got pic? whatcha think about the
http://www.gatorcases.com/p/210122-755/g-mix-b-2519
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: james page on May 13, 2015, 11:17:43 am
I just ordered the rack kit and I'm going to try to use my trusty old SKB pop-up for my QU-16. I was thinking of using some type of rubber feet, maybe 1" tall to place in between the QU rack ears and the SKB rack itself. It should lift the mixer off the floor of the case and also provide some level of shock protection.
Anybody try anything like this?
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on May 13, 2015, 12:07:54 pm
I just ordered the rack kit and I'm going to try to use my trusty old SKB pop-up for my QU-16. I was thinking of using some type of rubber feet, maybe 1" tall to place in between the QU rack ears and the SKB rack itself. It should lift the mixer off the floor of the case and also provide some level of shock protection.
Anybody try anything like this?

I mentioned in my previous post that I used foam on the floor of the case and along the top rail to provide both shock protection and to help hold the mixer in place as the foam depresses.
I think you'll find that a 1 inch increase in height might not keep the mixer from sitting on the case bottom at rest. My mixer is now in a different case so I can't check but when the QU16 is installed in the SKB pop up- it sits quite high even when at rest....
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: james page on May 13, 2015, 12:47:07 pm
I mentioned in my previous post that I used foam on the floor of the case and along the top rail to provide both shock protection and to help hold the mixer in place as the foam depresses.
I think you'll find that a 1 inch increase in height might not keep the mixer from sitting on the case bottom at rest. My mixer is now in a different case so I can't check but when the QU16 is installed in the SKB pop up- it sits quite high even when at rest....

OK. The mixer is being shipped so I don't have it but I just checked a drawing and it appears you are right. Its nearly 2 inches higher than where the rack rail sits.
What kind of foam did you use and how did you adhere it? And how has it been holding up?
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on May 13, 2015, 01:18:47 pm
OK. The mixer is being shipped so I don't have it but I just checked a drawing and it appears you are right. Its nearly 2 inches higher than where the rack rail sits.
What kind of foam did you use and how did you adhere it? And how has it been holding up?

That SKB mixer case does work very well and until recently when I switched mine out to a mixer combo rack instead, mine held up very well.
I just placed a piece of foam about 3/4" thick in the bottom of the case. This helps to hold the mixer in place with the lid closed and in transit. It also comes in handy on which to place hard drives, iPods etc. The other piece of foam, I taped a strip about 1" x 1" x 18" along the top rail of the case. You can all use pipe insulation sold at Home Depot. Dick Reeves thought of this one. I found the insulation compresses a bit after a while and has to be replaced though. Either method works.
Once in place make sure the mixer is held safely with the case closed and if it moves, add another layer of foam to the rail or the bottom of the case.
It really does work very well and if I hadn't switched cases to get room for my iem transmitters, a rack drawer and my snake, I would still be using mine.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: james page on May 14, 2015, 02:07:38 pm
That SKB mixer case does work very well and until recently when I switched mine out to a mixer combo rack instead, mine held up very well.
I just placed a piece of foam about 3/4" thick in the bottom of the case. This helps to hold the mixer in place with the lid closed and in transit. It also comes in handy on which to place hard drives, iPods etc. The other piece of foam, I taped a strip about 1" x 1" x 18" along the top rail of the case. You can all use pipe insulation sold at Home Depot. Dick Reeves thought of this one. I found the insulation compresses a bit after a while and has to be replaced though. Either method works.
Once in place make sure the mixer is held safely with the case closed and if it moves, add another layer of foam to the rail or the bottom of the case.
It really does work very well and if I hadn't switched cases to get room for my iem transmitters, a rack drawer and my snake, I would still be using mine.

Thanks Debbie. I appreciate the detailed explanation. Can't wait to try it.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Bob Cap on May 14, 2015, 02:32:27 pm
I'm presently carrying mine in an accordion soft case/shoulder bag.

Dick,

You just want to be in the in crowd and look like you're carrying your accordion...
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Mike Pyle on May 14, 2015, 03:10:17 pm
Doesn't seem like anybody sells the old version with 4 latches (two on each side) any more.

I just happen to have one here on the shelf if anyone is interested.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: james page on May 14, 2015, 03:38:53 pm
Dick,

You just want to be in the in crowd and look like you're carrying your accordion...

OT but this week is the 50th anniversary of Ramsey Lewis' version of The "In" Crowd.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: james page on May 21, 2015, 04:17:04 pm
That SKB mixer case does work very well and until recently when I switched mine out to a mixer combo rack instead, mine held up very well.
I just placed a piece of foam about 3/4" thick in the bottom of the case. This helps to hold the mixer in place with the lid closed and in transit. It also comes in handy on which to place hard drives, iPods etc. The other piece of foam, I taped a strip about 1" x 1" x 18" along the top rail of the case. You can all use pipe insulation sold at Home Depot. Dick Reeves thought of this one. I found the insulation compresses a bit after a while and has to be replaced though. Either method works.
Once in place make sure the mixer is held safely with the case closed and if it moves, add another layer of foam to the rail or the bottom of the case.
It really does work very well and if I hadn't switched cases to get room for my iem transmitters, a rack drawer and my snake, I would still be using mine.

Might seem like a dumb question but....any idea where I can get foam for this? I've tried 4 different local places and so far no luck.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Chris Edwards on December 02, 2015, 05:56:18 pm
Has anyone seen this case in the wild?  I am trying to figure out if the lid is removable or hinged.  I am also trying to figure out if it is a rackmount case or not.  BH Photo didn't have any in-store to check.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1121536-REG/allen_heath_ah_fcg_qu16_lightwt_injctn_mold_unvrs.html (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1121536-REG/allen_heath_ah_fcg_qu16_lightwt_injctn_mold_unvrs.html)
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on December 02, 2015, 06:08:31 pm
Has anyone seen this case in the wild?  I am trying to figure out if the lid is removable or hinged.  I am also trying to figure out if it is a rackmount case or not.  BH Photo didn't have any in-store to check.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1121536-REG/allen_heath_ah_fcg_qu16_lightwt_injctn_mold_unvrs.html (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1121536-REG/allen_heath_ah_fcg_qu16_lightwt_injctn_mold_unvrs.html)

Foam lined case for safe transport.  No racking inside, just foam padding and security strapping.  Remove console for use.

For $50 less you can get one of the molded SKB pop-up rack cases with removable lid.  One handle, no wheels.  Mine works well.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Chris Edwards on December 02, 2015, 06:19:13 pm
Foam lined case for safe transport.  No racking inside, just foam padding and security strapping.  Remove console for use.

For $50 less you can get one of the molded SKB pop-up rack cases with removable lid.  One handle, no wheels.  Mine works well.

Thanks for the response.  I gave American Music & Sound a call right after I posted and the sales rep there said the Allen & Heath case was a rackmount injection molded design which could be raised and lowered.  Has anyone seen that case anywhere?
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Chris Edwards on December 02, 2015, 09:30:29 pm
Foam lined case for safe transport.  No racking inside, just foam padding and security strapping.  Remove console for use.

For $50 less you can get one of the molded SKB pop-up rack cases with removable lid.  One handle, no wheels.  Mine works well.

Dick...is this the one you mean?

http://www.skbcases.com/music/products/proddetail.php?f=&id=157&o=&offset=&c=120&s=81 (http://www.skbcases.com/music/products/proddetail.php?f=&id=157&o=&offset=&c=120&s=81)

Do you have to leave the unit raised up given the extra depth in transport?
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 02, 2015, 09:54:56 pm
Dick...is this the one you mean?

http://www.skbcases.com/music/products/proddetail.php?f=&id=157&o=&offset=&c=120&s=81 (http://www.skbcases.com/music/products/proddetail.php?f=&id=157&o=&offset=&c=120&s=81)

Do you have to leave the unit raised up given the extra depth in transport?

Go back and read the comments in this thread from early 2014…. the new SKB case apparently doesn't work with the QU16 but the old style does - that is the one you need to look out for. Both Dick and I have used this style case (with a very slight modification)  successfully...
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Chris Edwards on December 03, 2015, 03:21:13 pm
Well that explains it.  I didn't realize there was a different design for that size. The link you gave took me to a picture of the same one I have. No hinges  - just 2 latches per side. 
I will stay on top of the Audiopile case - haven't heard back yet from Mark but I would prefer a more permanent option so will prompt him at some point. I'm just pleased to be able to protect my little investment during transportation and at the venue !

Was it ever posted if the audiopile case is a viable option?  It's definitely cheaper and lighter than the Gator case but I am concerned with ventilation.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 03, 2015, 07:02:06 pm
Was it ever posted if the audiopile case is a viable option?  It's definitely cheaper and lighter than the Gator case but I am concerned with ventilation.

I sent Mark an email back then but he never got back to me so I stayed with the SKB case till I moved to a mixer/rack combo shorty thereafter….so - sorry don't know.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Chris Edwards on December 03, 2015, 07:19:16 pm
I sent Mark an email back then but he never got back to me so I stayed with the SKB case till I moved to a mixer/rack combo shorty thereafter….so - sorry don't know.

Debbie,

Thanks for the response.  Which mixer/rack combo did you move to if you don't mind me asking.
Title: Re: Allen Heath QU16 Case
Post by: Debbie Dunkley on December 03, 2015, 07:26:55 pm
Debbie,

Thanks for the response.  Which mixer/rack combo did you move to if you don't mind me asking.

Ironically it is the EWI from Audiopile that Bob discusses in his thread. Although I haven't been using it lately - I've been using my QU-PAC more and more, It is a good solid rack and great value for money.

Bob's thread…

http://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/topic,157193.0.html