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Eurorack module panels - Using Doepfer's blind panels
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Christoffer



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:46 pm    Post subject: Eurorack module panels - Using Doepfer's blind panels Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

So, while delving into diy synth modules for a while, using a lot of time on cutting and polishing aluminum front panels for these, it struck me: Doepfer, who's basically invented the eurorack synth standard, sells a complete list of blind aluminum plates, to fill out empty slots in rack cases. They're already cut, and holes for mounting drilled. Why not just use those?

It seems like an obvious idea, and I've never felt one. Are they too wobbly for front panels with potmeters and jacks? -The price is certainly reasonable enough.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The Doepfer panels should be fine. I used panels of the same thickness for building modules. The problem with the Doepfer panels for DIY is that they come only in 1, 1.5, 2, 4, 6, 8, 42, and 84 TE.
Normally, I use blind panels from Reichelt (Fischer brand), those are even cheaper and come in 12 TE too. They are 3 mm though, some models of minijacks have threads which are too short for the Fischer panels. Will try some other brands as well, I also found places which sell 14, 21, and 28 TE.

PS: Just noticed that Conrad sells 16, 20, 24 TE in addition to the more common ones.
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