This is an article culled from archive material, circa 1997.
, 2006-05-15: the actual manufacturer of the EMS cases is apparently in Finland: http://www.euromodule.fi
The EuroRack cases are Europe's answer to the American
SKB's, and are
(in my humble opinion) hugely superior. Firstly, they are available in
an extra-deep variety, ideal (in fact, essential) for those big modules
like the Gearhead/Korg Wavestation A/D,
and Roland MKS-70
. Secondly, they stack properly (if fitted with the optional stacking
feet). Third, they contain mounting holes on
the back as well as the front, incredibly useful for jackbays and
power strips. Fourth, the tops are removable, allowing mixers to be mounted
across the top of other modules (with an optional top-mounting kit).
Fifth, the cases are truly modular: the
fronts and sides are constructed from 3U-high panels, so any case can
be reconfigured to a multiple of 3U in height.
The EuroRacks don't have the aluminium framing of the SKB's, but there's
no evidence that they're any less strong in general,
although if the tops are removed
they tend to be a little weaker unless something equally solid (such
as a Mackie CR-1604
) is bolted in as a replacement.
I have five of these cases (two of the standard-depth 400 series, three
of the 500 series), with enough assorted spare parts to make up whatever
cases I need on a project-by-project basis. The 500's are usually
left open for mixers, either the Mackie CR-1604
(shown top-mounted) or the Yamaha DMP7
. One of my 400's
is reduced to a 3U, on which I can mount the
Roland R-8 MK II
or an Apple PowerBook 170
I don't know whether these racks are available in the US (or even
elsewhere in Europe), but if you can find the Euroracks, I recommend
them over any of the alternatives I've come across. The manufacturers
have a web site
with information about the EMS cases and their other products.