Aluminum for an amp head shell?

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  1. FEcorvus

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    I'm wanting to do a conversion on my 6505+ combo to make it a head and cab since the combo is so heavy, I've seen several conversions of these done and I was wondering if aluminum would make for a good material to make the shell out of since it's lightweight and isn't magnetically conductive

    any reason why this would be a bad idea or should I go for it?
     
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    I dont see why this wouldn't work.

    The chassis of most amps are aluminum. Making the entire shell out of aluminum shouldn't be an issue. It may be a pain in the ass depending on how you intend on making the shell but it could also look really cool.
     
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    It's not magnetic, but it is very electrically conductive, so just make sure you have everything well insulated from touching, or it could get quite shocking.
     
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    Make sure the chassis is not grounded to the enclosure in any way, or you will get nasty ground loops.
     
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    cool thanks guys, shocking myself was my primary concern haha, the only other thing I feel might be a problem is the aluminum reflecting too much heat back onto the tubes, should that be a problem if I glue a dark material on the inside with thermal paste to absorb it and dissipate the heat outside the chassis?
     
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    Another thing to consider is that this will be a very expensive headshell. Aluminum is quite expensive. Would look cool though.
     
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    true enough, are there any other fairly lightweight metals that would be less expensive and still work?
     
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    Aluminium frame with plexi panels?
     
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    I'm going to try to get a quote on some 3/16th inch aluminum plates, and if it's just too high I'll probably do exactly that, thanks for the idea bud haha
     
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    Man, I'd go with angle iron and plexi glass. If you can have that iron weather and patina for a while then seal it off, it would look bad ass. It would probably be ridiculously heavy but it would look killer.
     
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    I think aluminum is probably a bit too flexible. There are a couple of steel chassis amps out there - ENGL Ironball, Carvin Legacy 3, Victory Kraken, EVH 5153 15W come to mind offhand.
     
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    It's not too flexible if you make it thick enough, and it's the right grade/alloy/temperment.
     
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    Also, aluminum tends to expand/contract with heating/cooling more than other metals. If you've ever tried welding it, it's a real problem. I'd find something else.
     

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