I need some creative ideas to case my amp...

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  1. Gremson

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    I got some amp guts from an Ampeg 210 combo a while back. Turns out I really like the way it sounds. In order for it to be gig worthy, I had to put it in something, so I made a case out of some old pallets I scavenged off Craigslist.

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    It works. But it works just as you'd expect.. It's a little crooked, and kind of a pain. I'm trying to think of something a little more road ready I could put it in.
    I've been looking around, and best thing I can think of would be to slightly modify a 3-4 space rack case and put it in there.... But that's about $80. More than I'd want to spend on an amp I got for free.

    Does anybody here have any clever ideas on what to put this beast in? Or maybe have a line on some decent cheap rack cases... I'm hoping to accomplish this feat with less than $50....

    Whatchoo think?
  2. Lowactnsatsfctn

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    I'd bet a local metal worker could shear and bend you up a nice 16 gauge case for it for 20 bucks or so. The Just add paint, screws and enjoy.
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    The wood looks badass!
  4. Gremson

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    Thanks, Baird. I think it looks rough and janky in kindof a cool way. I'd be happy to keep it that way, but I've got a lot of gigs coming up this summer, and I really want to better protect the amp.

    Good call on the metal worker. That could be something neat.

    Any other ideas, folks?
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  6. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    You should call that thing the Crate! :)
  7. HeavyJazz77

    HeavyJazz77 Supporting Member

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    That's cool, man! Looks like something you'd see on stage with one of the instrumental, pedal-heavy bands like Russian Circles or Pelican...
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  9. BogeyBass

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    uh it would take a few hours and not much wood to make a nicer looking case.

    ask neighbors or friends for some wood, or stop by a local construction site and look for pieces of drop from already cut plywood or just "borrow" a new sheet.

    or just spend 35 bucks out of your 50 dollar budget on a nice new sheet, then spend the rest on 2 handles and some corners.

    or the just use the head as is, its already in a metal case
  10. Lowactnsatsfctn

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    I would have guessed it wasn't completely enclosed on one side. If its totally covered, spend 5 bucks putting a Speakon jack on the back and just use it As is.
  11. thedudebrah

    thedudebrah Supporting Member

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    Sorry to hijack, but how does one go about removing the guys from one of these combos? I have a ba115 that I'd like to turn into a low wattage practice head coupled with a 410 cab. Is it as simple as just unplugging the existing speaker and using a line out?
  12. odineye

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    1/4 sheet of 1/2" hardwood plywood = $15
    3' x 5' of black outdoor carpet = $10
    1 can of spray adhesive = $10

    $35 and a couple of hours spent can net you a pretty good looking box. Maybe add the price of a six pack if you have no wood working skills and need to ask your friend who does.
  13. Bass 45

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    I might try using pegboard. Paint it black and just cover the larger openings. Add four rubber feet. It will be vented and probably look pretty good.

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