I don’t get too many comments or questions on this blog, but what I do get are usually positive and encouraging. Occasionally there are technical questions, many of which are beyond my knowledge, I’m just a builder of other peoples designs, so I’ll usually direct those to the relevant places for more help.
I have had a couple of emails recently regarding the enclosures I’ve used, specifically around quality, packaging, price etc. Strangely, one of these suggested that I’m deliberately opaque regarding where I get my cases from, which I thought a bit strange. Part of the reason I don’t always include links to sellers is because the listings expire or change and so are rendered useless a month or so later. Rather than replying privately, I said I would do a short post with some photographs.
Many of the Chinese sellers offer the same chassis for roughly the same price across the different platforms, have a look at Ebay, AliExpress and Banggood for example. What differentiates these are usually postage costs and the care taken with packaging. A recent purchase from a seller on AliExpress was fine on quality, less so on packing and I was surprised it wasn’t damaged. I would say my go-to supplier is Wolf6911 on Ebay. I think I’ve bought four or five enclosures from this seller now (and just ordered another) and each one has been of a high quality and packed very well. Shipping is also fast – the last one, detailed below, was bought on the 26th October, arrived in the UK on the 30th and delivered on the 4th November. It cost £17 with £14 postage. I’ve said before in my posts that I don’t get any freebies for recommending sellers or products and that applies to this seller too, it’s just my experience as a buyer.
Below are some photographs of the most recent enclosure from this seller which arrived today. This is a T-2205 – I presume the numbering system refers to external width and height (220mm x 52mm respectively). Parts are individually wrapped in cellophane before being wrapped again in bubble-wrap. These are then tightly packed in the box with dense foam used to prevent movement.
I had originally intended this for my PeeCeeBee preamplifier but it’s too small, I’m not sure where I went wrong but it was my fault. Annoyingly, I’ll have to wait another couple of weeks to get that project finished, giving the slowdiyer a chance to get there first! Hopefully the case should be fine for another project I have lined up.