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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 : (at the bottom of the page) 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 �

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

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