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Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 4:43 pm
by wsequeira
Hi Folks,

Just replaced my Solaris' wood ends with custom rustic walnut ends made by Dennis Chenoweth ( http://www.custommade.com/by/customboxes). Thought I would pass it along in case any of you feel like customizing your Solaris. Dennis is a great guy to work with and can do about most anything you ask. This was the second project I did with him and highly recommend him to all of you.

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:30 pm
by John Bowen
Bill, can you give an idea of the cost to have something like this done?

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:53 am
by wsequeira
These wood ends in rustic walnut where circa $40 not including shipping. They are also an inch thick, 30% thicker than the stock ends as I wanted to convey weight and substance while still using the standard fasteners. Dennis can make them using any kind of wood available, albeit at a price point commensurate with the cost of the wood chosen.

Very hard to find wordsmiths with great art and craft, creativity and brains, who can produce great stuff at a reasonable price point and do it fast. He also made a superb enclosure for a Serge Kraken of mine, equally impressive and well priced too. I am not associated with him, just an extremely satisfied customer. His email address is dchenoweth@charter.net in case you prefer to contact him directly.

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:25 pm
by John Bowen
In the beginning, I had a number of wood sides made to see if it was viable to offer some nice custom options, and these examples were also a bit thinker than what we ship with now, so I can appreciate what you did there (although, I don't think they were a full 1 inch thick). I was getting them done by synthwood.com, but he has been fully occupied with other things, and I think is no longer doing any woodwork, so it's really nice to have another option now for Solaris owners!

What I can do is publish the old photos I made if I can find them, showing a few different wood choices, in the event owners would like to contact Dennis to do this work.

Thanks for posting, Bill!

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:12 pm
by jazzbo58
Those ends look great!

Cheers,
Jim

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:18 pm
by wsequeira
John Bowen wrote: ....8<....I was getting them done by synthwood.com, but he has been fully occupied with other things, and I think is no longer doing any woodwork, so it's really nice to have another option now for Solaris owners!

What I can do is publish the old photos I made if I can find them, showing a few different wood choices, in the event owners would like to contact Dennis to do this work.

Thanks for posting, Bill!
You are welcome. I didn't have good luck with synthwood.com in the past, so I felt very lucky to run into Dennis.

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:19 pm
by wsequeira
jazzbo58 wrote:Those ends look great!
They're even better in person - sometimes the light doesn't help capture all the nuances of wood.

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:56 pm
by John Bowen
Well, I never did find any photos from way back when I had synthwood make me some side panels, but I did contact Dennis Chenoweth, asking if he could send out any additional pictures. It turns out he has a set of beautiful ornate walnut sides ready for purchase. Here's additional information from Dennis:
These end pieces are 13/16 inch thick. I include a matching set of wooden plugs to seal the mounting holes. Finishing can be done with glossy, semi-gloss, satin, or natural wax finish. I've priced these at $40.00.
First is the ornate walnut set:
Ornate walnut end pieces.jpg
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Also, here's an order he did with what he calls 'rustic walnut':
Rustic walnut Solaris end pieces.jpg
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He also does a wide variety of other woodworking projects, so please let him know if you are interested in having some custom side panels done (or anything else, for that matter!):
http://www.custommade.com/by/customboxes/

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:27 pm
by synthwalker
Rustic walnut is on its way to my Solaris, John... :wink:
I'll post here some photos as soon as I have them installed.
I think they'll better match the Matrix-12 ends here...

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Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:34 pm
by marzzz
Hmmmm.....I wonder what would go well with a dark Solaris?

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:19 am
by Hein Eken
marzzz wrote:Hmmmm.....I wonder what would go well with a dark Solaris?
carbonized wood

:mrgreen:

H.

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:03 am
by jaykeel
Love your set up! Tell me, How does the Solaris compare to the OB-X? It's the one synth of my dreams that I never owned. When I was buying the Solaris, I had the chance to buy a very nice 8 Voice OB-X for about 5K here in the US that had just been totally restored. I still wonder from time to time, (like now) if I made the right choice.

Love how have them set up too.!

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:33 pm
by synthwalker
OB-X is far more immediate, everything you program sounds so well. But it is limited to pads / strings / brass / organs.
Solaris needs more work but the sounds complexity + quality you can get from it is second to none.

Re: Custom wood ends for the Solaris

Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:12 am
by synthwalker
Here are the wood ends Dennis made for me. He also provided wood caps to put in the screw holes, but I prefer them as is.

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