1981 Suitcase Kit Replica

Two weeks ago a friend of mine sent me a link to an old black plastic toolbox: “Hey, doesn’t this box have about the size as a Suitcase kit?” Indeed! It had! So he bought 2 boxes, I got one. We ordered all ingredients:

  • rubber foam (40mm and 20mm)
  • XLR connectors
  • 20mm plywood
  • black PVC
  • wire
  • transducers
  • 1 kOhm resistors
  • red felt
  • foam glue spray

The parts cost about 50 Euro. Assembling the suitcase takes a couple of hours. It is pure fun and worth every minute. Fortunately I already had an original Suitcase which I restored a couple of years ago. So I already roughly knew what to do…


Cutting the pads


…and the surfaces


assembling the pads


transducers on the backside


the slot for the connectors


those connectors haven’t changed in 4 decades


cutting the foam


soldering pad by pad. The resistors soften the signal


Testing


the bottom layer of foam


The plan


Assembling


almost


adhering the felt onto the top foam layer


cutting


cutiing the trays for the pads


the closed case


Finished, connected and ready to play

and here is a little video demo:

This Replica works very good. I don’t have any crosstalk problems and I am also looking forward to play my VST system. As we still have enough material and as I get the dimensions of Saga’s original Briefcase I am looking forward to clone this one, too.

One Response to “1981 Suitcase Kit Replica”

  1. Fake says:

    Yes, a true story…..

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