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NAIM Shoebox case from AudioFlat

Discussion in 'trade discussion' started by flatpopely, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. mudlark

    mudlark nearly half a clue

    I can't believe that anyone would worry about the internal piece of the case being of non original finish! My main issue was with folks calling the cases "chrome bumper" when there was no chrome on the case.

    Flat, please send me two cases to review and I will big them up all over everywhere. seriously, I am after two cases and the main issue is the balance in cost/looks between these cases and the similar hi-fi2000 cases.
  2. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Might be a bit of a challenge fitting the HackerNAP in there, with three circuit boards and two transformers.
  3. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    Monoblocks are the way to go..........
  4. sq225917

    sq225917 situation engineer

    3 pcb and two traffos is the single channel.

    One traffo for front end, other for main board, rectifier/smoother PCB for each traffo and then one more PCB for the main circuit.

    Think 135 with two transformers.
  5. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Time to tool up for the double-width box.
  6. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    £15000 :D
  7. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    You should be able to get at least that much for a kidney...
  8. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    Probably not for one of mine!
  9. jirka

    jirka pfm Member

    Will not be a good name clone if textured all inside
    it could it affect the name sound
  10. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Any news?
  11. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    On the 29th of June I'm going to the paint finisher with my NAIM case so that they can see the real thing. They have matched the paint and texture 100%, and I MEAN 100%, it's perfect but they can't seem to grasp that the front and back as well as the inside (a little way) need a textured finish as well.
    The actual case size, machining etc. is perfect. I have one on my 72 now and the feet and earth bolt holes line up spot on. It's less than a month away now people!

    Both this and the RubiKon have taught me to respect all manufacturers of hi fi, production engineering just eats time and money like you would not believe. I suppose its the old 80/20 rule. Getting 80% there cost 20% of the investment, the last 20% cost 80% of the investment.

  12. Uzinusa

    Uzinusa Happy Chappy

    Well done Andrew. I can't wait to see the finished product. [Note: I sympathize with you re. time as I have just set up a Biotech company and dealing with the regulatory issues is utterly ball-breaking!].
  13. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    It is ball breaking...........................
  14. mikesnowdon

    mikesnowdon resU deretsigeR

    Whats the latest on pricing for us to purchase these?
  15. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    Not sure as I need to get an updated quote. Rest assured for those that initially registered interest they will be well below the list price as promised.

  16. simeon

    simeon No fixed engagements

    Andrew, As I missed the initial interest list, I'm prepared to trade one bollock (un-broken) for a couple of cases :eek:
  17. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    So I went to see the paint finishers today. I took my NAC72 case and explained about how the texture needs to extend around the front and back and someway inside as well.

    For their part they told me about the paint application. They first use an etch primer which is specially formulated for the top layer and has superb adhesion properties on aluminium. The top layer is applied as a thick coat and then stove dried for a specific time and temp to get the texture finish. Its entirely down to the skill of the painter as the texture is determined by the thickess of the paint. That's why even on NAIM cases there are slight variations between batches of cases. They assure me that they can keep the same finish as the samples over the 1000 case batch. This is good because the sample finish is perfect! It was nice to meet these guys and they really know what they are doing. They actually talked extensively with the paint manufacturer who remember the initial NAIM consultations and could advise on how to achieve the same finish.

    Is been a long road and has cost a lot in time and money BUT in 2 months time people will be able to buy brand new cases for their NAIM shoebox kit and the cases will be 100% as the original.


    P.S I'll post up the pricing when I get the revised quote from the supplier. We are also getting shipping boxes made just like the NAIM ones and if there is demand we could even sell those individually.
  18. markfin

    markfin pfm Member


    Massive respect for the tenacity to sort this out.

  19. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    Thanks Mark.

    Its been a long road but worth it I think. All those people with NAIM shoebox stuff that have damaged cases can now restore them to new.

  20. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    We have placed the order for a 1000 cases.

    May the lord have mercy................

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