it has begun... (customizing my alesis ion)

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it has begun... (customizing my alesis ion)

Post by danialad » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:45 am

down in the dark scary basement...
the first coat has been lain...
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(sorry, it's a picture from my phone)

and here are the new knobs...
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if it's permitted, i will edit this post every few days with my progress.
and when it's done i'll post the final result in the "show and tell" sticky.

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Post by Dano » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:59 am

I'll be curious to see the progress!

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Post by Gianni » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:05 am

So far, so good. Keep us informed, good luck!

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Post by Yodhan » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:26 am

Very much looking forward to this. I think that the color scheme is going to rock with the red lights on the Ion. I just got a MS2000R and it is a little damaged from an apparent drop by the previous owner. I am thinking it might be cool to re-paint it something awesome.

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Post by danialad » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:42 am

Yodhan wrote:I just got a MS2000R and it is a little damaged from an apparent drop by the previous owner. I am thinking it might be cool to re-paint it something awesome.
yes! and it'd be easier with the ms2000r because the rack unit doesn't have the awesome diagram on the top panel... which i would never want to cover up unless i knew i could recreate it easily afterwords.

which reminds me. i'm definitely not looking forward to individually applying each printed waterslide decal, especially since i've yet to find a good font to use!
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Post by veer chasm » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:04 am

I bet you're gonna play a mean version of "Goodbye Horses" when you're done with that synth in the basement. :D
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Post by mao » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:24 am

...hmm... and the knob labels ??? Did you paint over them too?

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Post by monolith » Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:07 pm

veer chasm wrote:I bet you're gonna play a mean version of "Goodbye Horses" when you're done with that synth in the basement. :D
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Post by danialad » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:03 pm

mao wrote:...hmm... and the knob labels ??? Did you paint over them too?
danialad wrote:which reminds me. i'm definitely not looking forward to individually applying each printed waterslide decal, especially since i've yet to find a good font to use!
yes. i am going to be redo-ing all of them with clear laserjet water slide decal paper and a c**p ton of fixitif.

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Post by soundxplorer » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:47 pm

Is that orange or red? Or primer?
You know how digital cameras can change the color of things indoors.

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Post by danialad » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:07 pm

soundxplorer wrote:Is that orange or red? Or primer?
it's krylon "pumpkin orange" which i have yet to decide if i'm going to keep the top coat glossy, hmm. and yes. it was a quick cell phone picture, i'll take proper dslr wide-angle shots once she's all together!

on a side note... i wonder what the microwave XTK looks like in person? that's not glossy is it?

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Post by Primal Drive » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:25 pm

Danialad - This may sound like a dumb question, but did you strip all the original color off, then primed it before you painted it? I've been tempted to repaint my SH-32 to get rid of that sterile looking white but stripping paint is a PITA.
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Post by Yoozer » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:38 pm

Do yourself another favor and replace the tiny little pushbuttons with the London Public Telephone hooligan-proof kind.

My ideal Ion mod would be something like this:

- black paint job
- garish rainbow colored labels for each part, Jupiter 8 style
- brushed aluminium sidepanels
- a reconstructed case with some tilt on the panel
- aforementioned hooligan-proof pushbuttons.
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Post by balma » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:41 pm

There's no need to put the button and knob labels again if you have been using it for a long time.

My Fizmo does not have them, have barely 2 months with it and I already learned where's everything.
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Post by danialad » Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:20 am

Primal Drive wrote:did you strip all the original color off, then primed it before you painted it?
i didn't do anything. i bought goo-gone which i was told would take off the decals, but after a few attempts, no luck at all. so i just went on ahead. i did three light coats, and so far the "alesis/ion" part is the only part that bled through. i really wish i'd at least primed it, but i'm a little too impatient to get projects started. at least i'll be putting the "alesis/ion" part back over it... so i'm not too worried. i am however still going to do at least another 2 coats before i start the decals.
Yoozer wrote:Do yourself another favor and replace the tiny little pushbuttons with the London Public Telephone hooligan-proof kind.
uhhh... far too much work. but i do like the sound of your ideal mod. doing a whole new case would be ... crazy. but after taking her apart, i realize it would be rather "easy" if i had a metal/wood shop at my disposal.
balma wrote:There's no need to put the button and knob labels again if you have been using it for a long time.
i thought about this, but i figure it's best for the future.

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