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View Poll Results: Your opinion of the new head cover
It's awesome! Do want! 11 73.33%
meh. No opinion. 1 6.67%
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:02 AM
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Homebrew RT-1020L Head Cover

I decided to try something different here. Looking for more of a family resemblance between the 1020 and its younger brothers, with a nod to the 2022/2044. So, out comes the hacksaw, Dremel, etc. The result:



And the old head cover:



And the new one again:



So let's get some opinions. Hillbilly homebrew fail, or DIY restyling win? I'm not fishing for compliments here, if you think it's ugly say so, or just vote that way. I can take it
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:54 PM
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What was the procedure? Not being familiar with either machine, did they even mount the same?
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I'm really not sure. I've never seen a 2022 up close, and nobody ever parts one out.

Basically I took a hacksaw to the old head cover, cut out the raised lettering, moved it to the top edge and made an aluminum panel that mimics the steel one underneath. The button-head screws at the corners secure the new panel to the old cover. The raised lettering is glued on. The whole thing took about two hours once I'd figured out how to do it.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:14 PM
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VERY VERY NICE up
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Looks fine to me, almost Akai-ish.
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I admire the workmanship involved in such a modification.

However, I'm a stickler for original.

If the original was damaged, that was a nice save!

BTW, I have a RT-1011, RT-1020L, RT-1020H and a RT-1050.
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:21 AM
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I believe it looks very good, good job



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Old 10-31-2011, 06:07 AM
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I think I also would rather stay original, could have possibly put the amount of work done into refurbing the original. Having said that, it looks pretty good.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:23 AM
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Head cover makeover

I think it looks great, I would love to have it if the origional was damaged or gone (they are gone a lot of the time) Your bolder than I am, don't think I could bring myself to cut up an origional that was in good shape.
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I liked it.
Made an original and attractive.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:45 AM
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What a labor of love. It looks professional, too.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:05 PM
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Thanks guys!

Damaging the original would be a pretty good trick. It's die-cast aluminum, about 1/8 inch thick in most places. Anyway they're plentiful, about 20 dollars on the Bay, and I have another one on the parts deck.
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:05 PM
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That's pretty cool, even if it's not stock. (I'm kind of in Slim's camp, here.) I'd love to see a picture without the on-camera flash highlighting every little scratch so I could get a better feel for the overall feel of the new cover.

Nice work!
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:32 PM
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Easier said than done, Bob! It's nice and dark here in my cave, but I think you can get the idea from these (long exposures so they're a little fuzzy). I used 150 grit sandpaper to get the brushed finish.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:35 PM
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As I thought - very nice.
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Hi Stu,

I gave your modified Pioneer RT-1020L head cover a thumbs up in the poll. I, also, have the same model of R2R, and I like the tasteful changes you have made with essentially the original pieces with a little elbow grease.

Nando.
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:28 PM
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Looks great!
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