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Author Topic: Sloped-front meter box??  (Read 4092 times)
KD2E
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« on: April 11, 2013, 05:57:12 AM »

I'm searching for one of those boxes...like you may remember in high school/college lab classes....black wrinkle-paint sloped front box with two banana plugs at the bottom.
Yes, I could get any Bud box or Radio Shack project box (still made??) and use a Greenlee chassis punch for the meter, but I know they were once manufactured...ready to go for the size meter being used. (Ma, V etc).

Might they be available, or should I give up the search from the get-go??

Thanks !!
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2013, 09:24:06 AM »

Like this?

http://www.sciplus.com/p/VOLTMETER_3735

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KD2E
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2013, 10:38:42 AM »

Yes, exactly!!!
But I have my own uA meter....Perhaps I'll call 'em and ask what the hole cutout is....I could just swap.

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KD0REQ
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2013, 11:07:19 AM »

the old Bud Metal meter cabinets are no longer made.

you could perhaps pick something suitable from these

http://www.budind.com/small_metal_enclosures.php

any of the three SC-series cabinets would work.

or you can custom-bend your own aluminum cabinet
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2013, 11:09:53 AM »

Quote from: KD2E

But I have my own uA meter....Perhaps I'll call 'em and ask what the hole cutout is....I could just swap.



Probably cheaper to buy it and adapt your meter to fit the case than to find
a case to fit your meter.
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VK2TIL
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2013, 01:58:16 PM »

You can get them on ebay;

http://www.ebay.com/itm/500mA-Bench-Top-Meter-NEW-/380603397258?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item589dbaf48a

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Milli-Ammeter-1ma-EDM-Lab-Bench-Meter-/181110883867?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a2b0cc61b

etc.

Hammond make some, eg;

http://www.hammondmfg.com/dwg16.htm

and cheaper ones are available, eg;

http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=HB6094&form=CAT2&SUBCATID=986#1

You can also cut a plastic or diecast box at an angle, eg;

http://i49.tinypic.com/24e6q2d.jpg

It's not easy to see in this photo but the rear is about an inch higher than the bottom front; I did this years ago with just a hacksaw and a file.
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KE3WD
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2013, 06:35:35 AM »

I once constructed a nice looking slanted front meter bridge using 1/4" composite wood product board, the kind finished on one side. 

This was for a customer, "audiophile" type, with large home and lots of vintage audio equipments in his little showcase. 

The older style large meters, when lit up in the constructed case looked very good once installed. 

If shielding is needed, consider metal foil lining attached to the interior with proper adhesive, there are spray on adhesives that are great for this kind of thing. 


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AD6KA
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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2013, 01:09:35 PM »

So many projects.....
So many cool enclosures available.....
So EXPENSIVE for new ones!
Ken   AD6KA
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