Wow, they are cheap! Gig worthy?
The Rondo flight cases are not gig-worthy unless you're willing to spend some extra money, time and energy on buying and installing better carpet and foam padding to prevent your pedals from falling loose and screws and rubber feet to stop the board from sliding around. Given the money and hassle, if I had to do it all over again I would just get a NYC Pedalboard.
Excuse my stupidity, but what's MDF? I think that sounds like a good plan. The Pedaltrain Jr might be a summer or fall pickup if I decide I am going to use enough pedals. Thanks.
If you go the Home Depot route, don't do MDF that you have to paint. Go to the shelving section and buy a piece of laminate shelving. They make it in black, oak and maple (I'd go with black). This way, no painting is required. for a small board this will be perfect...not so much for larger boards as the laminate is a bit more flexible than wood.
Then...go to the hardware section where you can buy a few handles (like you'd need for kitchen drawers) and in that same aisle you can pick up some rubber feet.
Throw in the velcro and you end up with a relatvely professional looking board for under $30!
If you decide not to go for the making it yourself option, how about a Gator Pedal Tote? You can get them for £50 on the 'bay, not sure what the US price is like. Good sized board though, with velcro, and a bag to carry it in - plus if you want you can buy a powered version too!
Shawn... I'm about to buy a Rondo Flight case. My question has to do with the sturdiness of the base/platform. I was about to buy a Coffin Case SK110 at Sam Ash the other day for $110, but the base gave way when I push on it with my hand... I can only imagine how long until this would bend permenantly under my right foot with 185lbs on top of it!?!?get the flight cases, they are great. I have a cheaper one from them, and a flight case. The cheap ones can get the job done, but the hinges bend and the binding isn't very sturdy. I've had the flight case for about 5 months and I love it. It is completely solid. No issues at all. I bought the big one (its a little smaller than a pedaltrain pro (about 30x16). It was about $90 shipped.
I recently posted my review after buying the flight case (if you do a search you'll see that you posted in the same thread). I also own a NYC Pedalboard. The carpet Rondo uses in the flight case simply cannot hold a heavy pedal under normal use. It couldn't hold my very valuable Skreddy Cognitive Dissonance in place for 1 roundtrip in a cab, and it looks like the flopping around damaged it (it's hissing something fierce now). By contrast, the carpet NYC Pedalboards uses grips velcro like superglue. The ball-shaped corners on the Rondo case also made dents in my new wood floor and don't keep the board from sliding around.