I had been very neglectful in providing a proper home for my Focusrite Saffire Pro 40s and my dbx 266XL compressor. I had left them stacked up on top of the recording PC in my project studio with little rubber feet acting as stand-offs between each unit. There is a bad thing in this. It leaves everything prone to collecting lots of dust and also the possibility of damage. The hold back was that I was looking at 8 space racks that ran from USD $150 to as much as USD $500. I could spend that much and get me a nice bit of kit to add to my live rig or project studio! So what was I to do. Buy more gear of course and put off getting the rack!
Well I found a deal on Craigslist for an 8 space rack for $25.
It doesn’t look bad and serves it’s purpose quite well. I had to make some mods to it though. Some of the screw holes were stripped so I decided to drill them out and fasten everything down with hex screws. But I decided to save the rack ears from scarring by adding nylon washers between the rack rails and the rack ears. Then I placed another between the screw head and the rack ears. Then placed the customary washer and nut on the back side of the rack rails and tightened it all down.
Not a bad acquisition and it allowed me to rack my hardware. Since I am on the lookout for a set of 48 point patch bays I will now have room for those as well as the Focusrite OctoPre MKII’s when I get those in. It’s time though to start considering to build a desk from the ground up to house the rest of the hardware. I wanted the audio interfaces and compressor mobile just incase I needed to take the hardware with me for a recording session elsewhere.
The case has screw posts for castors so I’ll be looking to add a set of those as well. But really, I can get a decent 12 space or 16 space caster equipped rack for a reasonable price these days if used.
So here are some pictures for an example.