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Mac G5 Rack Mount Frame

I hope a personal gear announcement plug isn't breaking any rules here. Just wanted everyone to know about a new Mac G5 Rackmount solution we have at Redco Audio.

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http://www.redco.com/g5rackmount.html

It allows the G5 to be rackmounted vertically (no need to hacksaw those beautiful G5 legs) and still use some of the precious rackspace the G5 takes up by doing this.

Ideas and comments are always welcome.

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Hey, way to think outside the box, err, rack!
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looking great ... looks like it's sturdy enough to make it into a mobile solution too.
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Mac G5 Rack Mount Frame

Thanks Tinder. I have since re-vamped Redco's site since the original post and forgot the link was no good any more.

We are trying to get the next production run on there to have a screw-down clamp in the front so the G5 will be held more securely and allow use in mobile racks.

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i think it looks pretty stupid.
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i think it looks pretty stupid.
Now that's what I call good, cnstructive criticism...

Thank you for your valuable input.
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Well, although I certainly entertain constructive criticism (I certainly have improvements in mind for this piece), mindless comments like that are just that......mindless.

I believe we are all doing what he wants though, and talking about him. Damn, he wins after all.
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Hey Chris,

Welcome.

The cables are all fine.

And play nice or I'll post some pictures of you playing bass in that band I came to see.

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Yikes, I better shut my mouth!
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Why would you rack a computer vertically? Yes i know you cant mount it the other way but common why would you want this? Whats it take up about 20 spaces or so......
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It takes up about 12 spaces in your rack. For many folks, this is a lot of rack space to just have something standing upright.

Thie item came out of being asked for such a thing multiple times. It has also come in handy on installations I've been involved with.

I know you think it looks stupid, but some folks out there like it and are using it.

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Why would you rack a computer vertically? Yes i know you cant mount it the other way but common why would you want this? Whats it take up about 20 spaces or so......
How else would you rackmount a G5? Cut the handles off?
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yes. OR KEEP IT ON THE FLOOR where it belongs
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Re: Mac G5 Rack Mount Frame

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Ideas and comments are always welcome.
Thanks All, Chris
Introductory Price: Only $149.00!

What will the definitive price be, $249.00?

No offense Chris, although it's a good idea, I think your rack is way overpriced!

Good luck!
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Honestly, the price will stay at $149.00. The "Introductory" part will dissapear soon.

Sorry to hear you think the price is too high. I can attest that custom metal work ain't cheap, but things might be able to be streamlined to bring costs down if we have larger quantities to produce at once.

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Yeah, I don't entirely get it.

What's the advantage of using this to just putting the computer on the floor of the rack?

Does it clamp it in place so it doesn't move?

I have an IsoBox and am expecting a new G5 that I plan to put inside of it. I have a computer shelf that came with the IsoBox and I'm not entirely sure how it works (you just put it on the foam on the bottom, I guess?) but I figure that I'll figure it out since a bunch of people are already successfully using it.

What advantage would this give me? Is it to elevate the mac to a higher position in the rack?

TIA.
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This isn't a clamp-in type shelf. The unit just sits in the shelf, relatively loose (although we are putting clamps on the next batch so it will be secured).

The main idea behind this is that since the G5 has to stand up if it's in a rack (because it is 21" tall and can't sit on it's side between rack rails), this allows you to rack other rack mountable units sideways next to your G5 in the same part of the rack the G5 is using.

The picture on our web page shows the G5 in this rack frame with an expansion chassis next to it on it's side. This keeps the 12 rack spaces a G5 needs to stand upright from being totally wasted in your rack.

Hope this helps.

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OK -- now I get it -- thanks!

From what I can see, you don't need rear rails to use this -- is that correct?

I don't think you totally waste the space next to the G5 without this thing since, if you were putting the computer on the floor, you could just put another piece of rack mounted gear on its side. However, actually racking it in, as your thing-a-ma-jig lets you do, is obviously more secure and neater.

For me, actually, the big selling point would be that it enables you to lift the G5 up off of the floor of the rack unit, which would enable greater airflow, both around the computer, and into/out of the (enclosed) rack unit via a portal on the bottom.
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Yea, we figured people would rather rack the pieces next to the G5 instead of trying to balance them on their sides.

You are correct that you don't need rear rails to use this. The shelf and it's rails support the unit on it's own.

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I'm more sold than I was at first -- it's a clever solution to the G5 rack dilemna. It would be nice if it were just a tad cheaper, though, but I can see its utility. Even if I didn't use the space next to the G5 for a side-mounted piece of rack gear, the shelf would enable me to put non-rackable things there, and lift them up from the floor of an IsoBox which would be better for air circulation.
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Yes, that was part of the idea too. You can put some stand alone drives, etc. stacked next to the G5, but off the bottom of the rack.

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I figured they would latch onto our idea pretty quickly. Looks like it's time to put "The Original" on our website, eh?

At least I have comfort in knowing they are still significantly higher priced than we are!

Thanks for the heads up.

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it came out about 30 days ago but they were very quiet , right after they told people they would need to cut off the handles of thier new G5 for their other rack mount model.

"The ultimate power tool for cutting off your G5 handles would be a table saw equipped with a rip fence and a metal-cutting rotary blade. In which case, you need no advice from us."*tutt

Great place to put the expansion chassis with yours or the sidekick ..
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Yea, just get that table saw going!

Most folks we've sold these to seem to be using it for the expansion chassis, like the picture on our webpage. Although I've seen a few Prorools 192 interfaces next to the G5 as well.

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