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Studer 904 console restoration
Old 4th June 2020
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Studer 904 console restoration

Hi guys, hope I'm in the right section.

I've recently purchased Studer 904 console in working order, but a bit rough around the corners. My tech suggested to restore it up to a factory condition, which is probably cosmetic refurbishment as well. And I have a few questions on that:

1. Is it worth it and how difficult is it to repaint the console frame and channel plates? I want the paint to match the original or not do it at all. I can deal with paint on top, I can prepare all the templates myself (i'm a graphic designer by trade).
2. Some knobs are scrapped or caps missing. Does anyone know if it's possible to source Studer original knobs/fader caps? If not, what would be the best way to approach this?

Just to be clear, my techie is an excellent engineer with 40 years of experience working with electronics. I'm confident he's able to restore the electronics if anything will be necessary. My concern is that cosmetic restoration is a can of worms.

Thanks,
Nikita
Old 6th August 2020
  #2
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Hello

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Originally Posted by cuba1956 View Post
Hi guys, hope I'm in the right section.
1. Is it worth it and how difficult is it to repaint the console frame and channel plates? I want the paint to match the original or not do it at all. I can deal with paint on top, I can prepare all the templates myself (i'm a graphic designer by trade).
Studer modules have multilayer construction, you should be able to remove the top powdercoated and silkscreened panel (glued, be careful to not bend it)
Don't know the technic to remove powdecoating (chemical ?) but then it's "easy" to find someone that can powdercoat and silkscreen or UV print on the clean panel.

The RAL for 9xx series should be easy to find, especially for a graphic designer
Font is probably Helvetica

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2. Some knobs are scrapped or caps missing. Does anyone know if it's possible to source Studer original knobs/fader caps? If not, what would be the best way to approach this?
Studer probably use Elma or Sifam for the 9xx, there is chance knob and caps are still manufactured. Just have a search at both company catalogue.

Best
Zam
Old 12th August 2020
  #3
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Originally Posted by zamproject View Post
Hello



Studer modules have multilayer construction, you should be able to remove the top powdercoated and silkscreened panel (glued, be careful to not bend it)
Don't know the technic to remove powdecoating (chemical ?) but then it's "easy" to find someone that can powdercoat and silkscreen or UV print on the clean panel.

The RAL for 9xx series should be easy to find, especially for a graphic designer
Font is probably Helvetica



Studer probably use Elma or Sifam for the 9xx, there is chance knob and caps are still manufactured. Just have a search at both company catalogue.

Best
Zam
Thank you so much for your input. I'll put info here as I have it, maybe someone will find it useful.

1. Redoing panels for 42 channels can be more than 1200 EUR where I am. Glue is old and front comes off easy.
The font is not Helvetica, although good guess there. They've used slightly modified version of Univers font.

2. Knobs can be cleaned in the ultrasonic bath with some bleach for white parts. BUT if you want new or you need caps, they are made by Swiss company Ritel: http://www.ritel.ch/ki/en/73.html — they are exactly the same apart from some specific ones (probably custom made).

Here're some photos of the console assembled / taken apart. Will build new wooden sides for it, reupholster leather armrests, etc.

I'm still torn if I should keep the same colors or make oak sides, brown leather, etc. Does anyone has any opinion on that?
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