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Old 01-18-2017, 01:01 PM
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Thank you for the kind offer to help me unload some of this "old" clutter!
These have all been scrupulously restored internally by the superb techs (Chip & owner Cory) at Davidsons Electronics, so I wouldn't call them old junk either.

How do I make a separately accessible file in Photobucket?
I thought I had it all locked as private, but I believe the URL link bypasses that restriction, maybe?
I still don't know how you guys make those little linkable thumbnails at the bottom of the post.

Btw, That's not an FM3, it's an FM2, I've got four of them in silver w/rack handles. There are two FM3s buried here somewhere in black, with matching pairs of blk SL2s, PL2s, PL3s and PL4s.
What I use day to day are MacroTechs, MA3600s are too loud (fanformer) so it's MA5002VZs for tops and subs, because they deliver the goods closest to the perfect live concert experience. Brutally honest, unforgiving of compromised or sub-standard inputs..
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:11 PM
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Well if it is an FM Two, confirmed in the pic, just go ahead and keep that stuff. I was looking for a lesser unit to go with my DL-2/PSA-2. What do we do with so much gear?

With a library panel on the left (if you go to the bucket and see just pics look for arrow top left by first pic) you can create album. I'm sure there is some clicking that gets you to privacy options.
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:12 PM
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What is the correct cabinet unit size for a Crown CX824? Just the Pro 800 transport and CX preamp. No tape counter. No splicing block.

Is it 10U or something different? What's the correct model to buy on Nice Racks? http://www.nice-racks.com/straight/
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:35 PM
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The CX-824 is 17.5" tall according to the Crown Brochure and at 1.75" per RU that is ten (10) rack units you need to shove that machine into a Nice-Rack. Don't forget that - in the name!!
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:50 PM
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What do you want it made out of? Zebra, Purple Heart, Walnut, Teak, Birdeye Maple, Curly Marple,....., Give me specs and I'll make it! Paduk, Wenge, Lacewood...........the list goes on.
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Wow, some very nice looking cabinets and decks here! Congrats to everyone on the quality of their work.

I needed to come up with a cabinet to house my Crown CI-822, including an extra 1RU for the tape counter I built. I especially needed to make this heavy deck easier to handle. I was only planning on building something temporary until I figured out what I really wanted, so I just bought an 8 foot length of "patchwork" board that was a full 12 inches wide and only cost $15.49. It was the cheapest wood board I could find, and made from leftover small blocks of knotty pine that were finger jointed and glued together into one single board. It was a fraction of the cost of a regular pine board, and it even came the full 1 foot width - without the inch subtraction for mill work. I added two sturdy gate/door handles at $8 for the pair. I was initially planning to build it as simply and quickly as possible. First I would make the cuts with my chop saw, screw/glue it together, and then jitterbug machine-sand it quickly to soften the hard edges and spray paint it black. No dados or anything fancy as this was intended to be a cheap and quick solution.

However the slope front cabinet with riser shelf that I was able to lay out on the wide board ended up looking a lot better than I expected after sanding - so much so that I decided it would probably look better if I used some leftover Colonial Maple Stain and leftover water based polyurethane satin finish instead of buying a can of black spray paint. I already had plenty of Gorilla glue and screws. So in the end this cabinet cost me under $24 for the wood and handles I had to buy. The only real compromise I made was that applying stain and then finish would take a day longer for the project than using spray paint, but I thought it had the potential to look better, might be cheaper, and if I didn't like the finish I could always still spray paint over the finish. I think it came out pretty good for that little money, and I even like the layout I used too! This cabinet may just become more than temporary...

Crown CI-822 Cabinet a by Chris F, on Flickr

Let's all hope our friends down South get through this latest hurricane OK!!!
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Sweet!!!!!
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I notice that when I turn on the motor of my deck I can hear it from my listening chair with no music playing. My listening room is a very quiet one, so I brought out my sound level meter to measure the background noise in my listening room with the deck's motor turned off versus on. It turns out that sitting in my listening chair my background noise level increases by 6 dBA when I turn the deck's motor on.

Giving this some thought I considered that the back of my cabinet is open for ventilation and spaced about 6 inches from the front wall of my listening room, so some of the noise has to be coming out the back of the cabinet and reflecting off of that wall. Accordingly I tried temporarily placing a Sonex sound absorbing foam panel behind my deck and up against the wall, held in place temporarily with some light tape. It turned out that when I re-measured this had reduced the 6 dBA noise increase when the motor is turned on to only a 3 dBA increase, and it actually sounded less noticeable as well. There was little impact on ventilation, so I permanently attached it with double faced carpet tape and am now enjoying a 3 dB increase in signal to noise ratio!

Sonex Mod by Chris F, on Flickr
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