Really Struggling With The Cost Of Dsl40c Head Chassis

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  1. bobpick68

    bobpick68 Well-Known Member

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    It's not that I "can't" afford one it's that they are 250-300 bucks and you gotta wait a month. Someone please tell me these ship out much faster than a month and they just say a month because it's the whole "under promise, over deliver" thing going on?

    I mean that's more than half of what I paid for the whole amp. I guess it comes down to how bad do I want it to be a head. Just not there yet I guess.

    If anyone reading this is selling one hit me up. I'd love to get my hands on a used one for 150-175 bucks or so.
     
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    If you gotta have a box that fast and that bad, build a temporary box and put it in while you wait for the factory to make you the permanent box. Take you an hour or two to cut some wood and screw it together.
     
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    cut it down..its easy DSL40cr rig.jpg
     
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    bobpick68 Well-Known Member

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    I can't hang a curtain rod straight. I purposely have no wood working tools or skills whatsoever because I am so bad at it.
     
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    How wide is the chassis?..almost looks like an MG headbox. My point being can another box be repurposed? I have an empty MG box, measure the chassis.
     
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    I guess then youre at the mercy of the factory and gonna have to be patient. :shrug:
     
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  7. Len

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    Price is driven by demand. I paid that price for my DSL40 head cab, as did many others, so it’s probably not going down any time soon. That’s a lot of manual labor to cut, screw and glue the parts.

    As far as turn around time, I waited 2+ months for mine (it was the first that Stage Craft built), so 1 month seems quick to me.
     
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    How about a skilled finish carpenter friend in your area ?
    I did a Head Crop Chop on mine
    Skill Level … Intermediate
    Tools … Table Saw, Drill and Various Bits , Staple Gun, Tape Maesure
    Supplies … Blue Masking Tape , Wood Glue
    Fear Factor … Extreme
     
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    And I still have not seen the steps to do thi s like we discussed a few months ago :fever:
     
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    Or not.
     
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    It's subjective as to how high the quality of workmanship needs to be for your own personal preference ..
    Not to disparage anyone's abilities or work…
    Before I chopped mine up, I spent a considerable amount of time measuring , staring, thinking, rethinking …
    I thought a lot about esthetics ( where would the Logo end up when I was done )
    Could I roll tubes without a pull ( enough space )
    The bottom horizontal stop to brace the back cover
    Support for the Tolex where it would flyover the remaining speaker cutout
    ……………
    One can just pull the amp and jigsaw the whole thing and it will still work
    OR
    One can dig deep on every detail
    ...........
    If that was TLDR ,
    Step #1 …… Cut the bottom of the cab off
     
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    Take amp out
    measure from top down to the desired height on sides
    cut combo on sides
    take left over sides on the bottom off
    reattach bottom to new cut side
    measure and cut speaker baffle with logo centered how you want
    put cut baffle back in
    put amp guts back in
    cut rear metal screen to appropriate size
    attach metal screen

    its a very logical progression
    only tools i needed

    blue painters tape
    utility knife
    tape measure
    phillips screwdrivr
    strait edge
    circular saw
    construction glue
     
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    I did mine the same way with the following exceptions :
    I used a table saw to remove a segment out of the entire cabinet
    I left enough of the base to include the bottom stop
    I also ripped the back with the table saw to fit
    In my case I omitted the screened area all together
    I used a small piece of the scrap to fill in the speaker arch before pulling the grill cloth back over the bottom edge
     
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    You may not find one so easily, but they do fit in the lead 100 mosfet head shells, the mg head shells are a bit wider I do believe, I can’t remember, but the easiest way would be grab a buddy that owns a table saw, remove everything from the 40c’s cabinet and set the rip fence to the height you need to house all the chassis components, and run it through, the table saw will ensure you have square, even cuts all four sides, then it’s just a matter of putting it all back together, I have done this procedure on a fender m80 bass combo, I ran the stock cabinet through to get the head size, then the bottom of the cab to make the bottom, once the rip fence was set for the second dimension, I think it took longer to pull the chassis than to do everything else, probably took me longer to type this response, than it took me to do all that is mentioned above! Cheers Mitch
     
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    this was actually fun !!took a chance and left everything intact and scored tolex & cut baffle cloth with utility knife and the painters tape kept it all from fraying. Nice & SLOWWWW with the circular saw..lol..me of no patience had to coach my self that over and over ...def have hacked a few up in the past...[/QUOTE]
     
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    I've done something like this too! :dude:

    Not me..:shock:
    Just a video I found showing how it could be done.

     
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    [/QUOTE]
    I did forget to say anything about the grill cloth, when I did it on the m80 the grill was absent an it had no tolex just that stupid fur, or whatever they call it, and Bft I have to hand it to ya for just grabbing the ole skilsaw , I happened to have the little dewalt table saw so that was what I used
     
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    That is very cool !!
    I love the way you thought about leaving the bottom stop on !!
    In my case I did leave it ……
     

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