OT touring with G5?

    May 14 2006 | 2:56 pm
    Greetings All
    I am thinking about getting a tower for my work - just cant run what I need to out of a laptop
    BUT I am trying to figure out how I would tour (fly) with the monster and wondered if anyone had a system that was working well for them
    the ownly thing I could find was this case but I was hoping for a less expensive option... (retail about $450)

    • May 14 2006 | 3:39 pm
      I made the same research on the web few months ago, here the result :
      http://luggerbags.com/extras.htm (at the bottom of the page)
      http://www.xchangeuk.com/vstore/store/detail.lasso?code=PLGT W01H01
      (the same in the UK)
    • May 14 2006 | 4:27 pm
      I used the original box, when I had mine shipped from New York to
      London recently. It's a big, strong, well-padded box, especially with
      some good duct-tape on the seals. With a few rolls of tape, over the
      course of a tour, should be fine.
      AFAIK, the iMacs run very well for video. I've seen people lug them,
      in their original boxes, to various gigs. Having to hack them to
      enable a second monitor output is a slight pain (unless you don't mind
      desktop mirroring), but used to be doable (I haven't tried it on the
      brand new one). According to the specs, the new iMac looks to have an
      excellent video card, but the fact that it runs Intel is a problem for
      jitter (as of now, anyway).
    • May 14 2006 | 8:43 pm
      if you cut the top and bottom bevels/handles off of a G5 with a
      skillsaw/dremel they will fit oh so snugly into a standard audio rack
      being about 3U high, on its side.
      Tekserve in NYC will do this for you, but it will cost $$$. They add
      rackmount points though, to screw the G5 in to a portable rack. You
      can do this yourself, as I know someone who has done it in the past.
      G5s look so pro on their side in a rack. Seriously, do it. :)
      v a d e //
    • May 14 2006 | 9:12 pm
      Now, you have no excuse. Happy DIY ! ;-)
    • May 14 2006 | 9:24 pm
      willow design used to make great padded cases for towers, amongst
      other things. unfortunately, they are now out of business.
      fortunately for someone like yourself, i've been thinking of selling
      hit me up off list if you're interested
    • May 15 2006 | 2:41 am
      I make my own touring cases out of Storm Cases (I like the latches
      better than Pelican, and storm cases are reasonably priced) and buy
      sheets of closed cell foam and then cut them to fit my gear. I've never
      toured with a tower, but have flown with lots of other electronics,
      including laptops and so far have had great luck.
      I get my cases here:
      and buy them without the pick and pluck open cell foam (which will get
      in your gear).
      Then get uncut sheets of the closed cell foam here:
      Ends up in total being around $150 or so a case.
      Andrew Pask is also making his own cases right now, he is a believer in
      the Storm as well.....
      Jeff Kaiser
      pfMENTUM.com � AngryVegan.com
    • May 15 2006 | 1:45 pm
    • May 15 2006 | 3:37 pm
      if you are just about to buy it, why not buy a new, intel, macbook???
      from what i heard it really compares (in terms of power) to the power
      PC towers and is sure easier to carry
      _yes, i know C74 did not yet released a UB version of max, but i bet
      it will happen soon - it HAS to happen soon
      I sometimes have to cerry the G4 tower (much lighter than the G5) and
      this is a real pain...
      Kasper T. Toeplitz
      noise, composition, bass, computer