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DougEdey 2nd October 2006, 16:05 Quote
I prefer the second version of it.
Spacecowboy92 2nd October 2006, 16:25 Quote
That case got realy smashed up :( Love the end result though. Great work ;)
DarkReaper 2nd October 2006, 16:53 Quote
So how much did the carrier get charged for the breakage then? Going by a rate of say £25 an hour for repairs...
Kipman725 2nd October 2006, 17:31 Quote
for the hard disk to have got corupted it must have been hit very hard. I'm not a fan of transparent cases (apart from orca3) as they usualy look messy so I prefer the amp mod. This is still a very cool mod though :D
r4tch3t 2nd October 2006, 18:05 Quote
Great work as always So I take it, that it's not going to be sent back via the same courier? Or do they keep it?
Who did you use as courier? So we here at bit can avoid using them as they destroyed bits case.
hydro_electric_655 2nd October 2006, 18:21 Quote
Great job but crappy traveling...Maybe fil the case with foam peanuts?
Lazlow 2nd October 2006, 18:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article, pg. 2
and bulging switches
Heehee, I believe they're Bulgin.

Great mod and even better getting 2 modders to collaborate!
DXR_13KE 2nd October 2006, 19:06 Quote
holly mother of god!!!! that rocks, the carrier should blow up in a strange horrible way for smashing it up, and thank god he did it so it could be further improved :P
Lazarus Dark 2nd October 2006, 19:37 Quote
wow, thats a nice save-job. I would have given up and downd a bottle of pills if that happened to me.
1e8o 2nd October 2006, 20:45 Quote
I love both cases, that sucks realy bad. Really a great job :D
tm36usa 2nd October 2006, 21:14 Quote
As it was said before, the second version is much better, almost good that the first one was destroyed (Only kidding :D ) As usual top notch work ;)
customh 2nd October 2006, 21:37 Quote
I think both were great!! I hope the carrier gets what he deserves...
MightyMouse 2nd October 2006, 22:13 Quote
I actually liked the first version. Although the front of the motherboard side looked a bit empty. The shots from the top right on the first version are great.
G-gnome 2nd October 2006, 23:49 Quote
Awesome job on both! IMHO the first one is the goods - though only by a little.

If only Chris' version had've had the opportunity to be shot professionally in a studio like Dave's version... :(

Oh and tm36usa, some things you just don't joke about. Whichever case you think is 'better' (despite it not being a competition!) I don't see creative approaching you to build cases for 'em. If you'd like to send me your pride and joy rig, I'll happily smash it up and send it back and say 'well, good thing it broke'. Chris was devastated by what happened and his not modding most of this year is, I suspect, one result. I was shocked when I saw the pics - for any one who puts a lot of time and effort into their own mods, this scenario is worst-nightmare stuff. :(

I don't know if many people realise the time pressure and restrictions these (and most commercial) cases were/are produced under. To produce what are essentially two complete mods, to this standard, in the time they had is nothing short of incredible. I'd never be able to do it - few in these forums could - and I take my hat off to them.
customh 3rd October 2006, 00:00 Quote
I was going to say something to that effect that its just not right to dis him like that, precisely the reason why i didnt pick favorites because i can imagine the hurt when his pride and joy went to crap like that. Well said g-gnome.
Fly 3rd October 2006, 00:30 Quote
Top work from both modders. Once again this is work so far out of my league I can only sit back and watch with my jaw wide open.
Woodstock 3rd October 2006, 00:52 Quote
wow, almost a year between the first case and the second being posted, well i guess better late then never. I thought this "series" of mods sorta died. I really like both the cases but prefer the originality of the Amp Case.
Shadowed_fury 3rd October 2006, 00:54 Quote
Brilliant work! Top notch stuff from both guys!
Joeymac 3rd October 2006, 03:19 Quote
Hello. New here.

I pretty much decided to sign up because I want to ask who the carrier was (I will come back though :D this is a great site).

Can't it be said for legal reasons etc? That was a terrible mess, all that hard work. I hope there was some real big begging and compensation.
Firehed 3rd October 2006, 07:01 Quote
While I've gotta say I'm a bit tired of all the X-Fi content (I've just got no interest until they do DDL, which was unsupported last I checked), it's a great mod. I do prefer the second iteration, mostly because it's a bit more subdued with the darker coloring, something I've always liked with acrylic case mods. A real shame that the shipper mangled it like that... you just can't trust those guys with case mods (Mashie's Y2K bug comes to mind here), but I think in the long run it came out the better for it.
coolmiester 3rd October 2006, 07:32 Quote
To see so much of your dedicated time, skill and effort destroyed in an instant has got to be one of the most gut wrenching sights for anyone to endure so hats off to everyone involved in getting it back up and running and i'm sure Creative will be mightily impressed at the final outcome.........who wouldn't be!

I was in a similar situation recently but couldn't bring myself to parcel the case up and use a currier so did the 400 mile round trip myself in the car.

Anyway, incredible you were able to put that sort of stress behind you and able to keep going even when the chips were obviously so far down.

Great to see ;)
Lemur 6 3rd October 2006, 07:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Firehed
While I've gotta say I'm a bit tired of all the X-Fi content (I've just got no interest until they do DDL, which was unsupported last I checked), it's a great mod. I do prefer the second iteration, mostly because it's a bit more subdued with the darker coloring, something I've always liked with acrylic case mods. A real shame that the shipper mangled it like that... you just can't trust those guys with case mods (Mashie's Y2K bug comes to mind here), but I think in the long run it came out the better for it.

Wasn't Mashie's Y2K bug smashed at the airport by the baggage peepo's? How much time do these company guys give you to do a case like that? A couple weeks? A month? Mad props to Chris , having done a few projects myself with time restrictions and having to outsource I know some of the stuff that can go horribly wrong, especially with flaky shipping or outsourced companies.
macroman 3rd October 2006, 12:25 Quote
Hi all and thanks for the comments. It is good to see that the effort is appreciated and a disaster was overcome.

Personally, I prefered the look of Chris' original design but as explained in the article, much of it was destroyed or damaged and replacement parts taken too long to produce. Hence the make-over.

I would like to point out that the bit-tech team are just that, a team and that there is no "competition" between members and that the whole project was a team effort. That is what makes us strong.

Thanks for your support and stay tuned for more modding maddness soon. ;)
Blademrk 3rd October 2006, 13:29 Quote
That must have been absolutely heart-breaking to see that done to the first case. Good job Macro was on hand to do a little repair work

I know if I'd spent that much time and effort on something and that happenened to it, I'd be furious.

Please name and shame the couriers so other bit-techers can avoid them in the future.

And well done C3 for stepping up to the plate with a new case like that. ;)
eddie_dane 3rd October 2006, 13:38 Quote
Thanks for the comments guys. I really don't want to get into the details about the shipper. I was truly gutted when it arrived at Creative broken mainly front the standpoint that they depended on us to provide results and their first impression was tainted. Thank God they were very understanding that some things were outside our control and I had Dave to lean on to recover my baby. He did an outstanding job in a short period of time.

I don't want to drag the shipper though the wringer since I didn't persue any damages AND I didn't pay the tab. Barking at the shipper wouldn't have solved the problem at hand. The unit was well packed, but like always, more precautions could have been taken to avoid damage (although I don't think all of it could possible be avoided).

The good news is we get two mod articles in one! Trust me, this situation provided much better reading without the sanity altering drama. :D
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