Small rack for in between head and cab?

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  1. hipfan

    hipfan Member

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    Usually, I don't gravitate towards small racks, but I find myself needing one. :)

    With that out of the way, here's my question. I have a H&K Rotosphere and a Boss DD20 that I run in the effects loop of my AC30CC head. Currently, I keep both pedals on top of the head and run remote on/off (and fast/slow, in the case of the Roto) switches on my pedal board. I find this system saves floor space and long cable runs, while giving me all the functions I need for the pedals.

    The pedals are cumbersome on top of the head and cover the heat vents. Not good for long term. I'd like to get a small rack that I could perhaps stack in between the head and my 2x12 cab, thus allowing the head to be on top with proper heat venting going on. Does anyone know if such a beast exists? I'm an utter novice when it comes to all things "rack" oriented, so I really don't know where to start.

    I suppose I also could try mounting the two pedals to a Pedaltrain mini, but I'm not sure if that would fit on top of the head properly and allow for air circulation, etc...

    Thanks for any help!!!
     
  2. hipfan

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    Bump. Anyone with an idea for this issue? I'm even open to humorous or belligerent suggestions.
     
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    SKB shallow effects rack with a sliding shelf...?
     
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    LVC - That looks perfect! Thanks very much.

    NyteOwl - I'll check out the SKB stuff and see if they have something that fit. Thanks to you too.
     
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    Hipfan - what kind of remote are you using for your Rotosphere? I'm super curious what you come up with. Please keep us posted!

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    That's what I use... I set my head on top of it, no issues... been doing it this way for a good while. Its a 4 space skb shallow, contains a furman, tuner, and a chandler SDE.
     
  8. hipfan

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    J - I'm using the Radial BigShot SW2. I haven't found a way to do the breaker function remotely (I think there's a mod for this floating out there somewhere), but the SW2 does a great job for on/off and fast/slow. It was a little pricey for a "function" pedal, but it's rock solid with a small footprint, so I like it.
     
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    :AOK Great! Thanks for the info - I love my Rotosphere, and I'll probably always want it right at my feet, but I'm stoked to hear of some utility options as well. Thanks!


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    I built a sliding shelf that fits perfectly in an SKB shallow rack. If anyone is interested, I can post pics...
     
  11. hipfan

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    NyteOwl - Yeah, I'd like to see that set-up. Thanks!
     
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    Make sure you get a rack that can support the weight of your head. I have a cheapo rack that's fine for what it does, but I wouldn't put anything heavy on it!
     
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    Good point.

    Since it sounds like you have it pretty automated and wouldn't need to fiddle with knobs and what not, you can also mount them in the back of an empty 2x12 cab (usually obtainable cheap or sometimes free) with a couple of 2x4s. This will certainly support the head and would be better if you wanted to keep your rig looking old school. Block out the holes with something black to keep the stage lights from shining through.
     
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    Yeah, good point by frizbplaya!

    Rockstarjay - Very interesting idea! Instead of a 2x12, maybe I could find an old head box somewhere to use ...
     
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    I'll get some pics up tomorrow.
     

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