Is anybody interested in custom machined sticks/cabs? This just started as an after-hours personal project, but my employer has told me that if people want to buy them, I’m free to produce them as part of the business.
I’m a mechanical engineer/machinist, so the kinds of products I would be offering would have a completely different aesthetic from what I’ve been able to find out there so far. Less wood/plywood/acrylic and more aluminum/steel/copper/brass/etc. Unfortunately I haven’t finished mine yet, but here are some pictures/videos of random parts we’ve made, to give you an idea of what things in a machine shop look like. This is a very limited selection of stuff I happened to have on my phone already. These parts are all painfully simple and do not reflect the complexity of the stuff we can make, but I’ll try to make some concept models later to show what’s possible.
Here is a rough concept of the stick I made this morning. I’m a big JSRF fan (100% completion one-handed), so this seemed logical. JSRF logo at top will be a button with LED eyes. Finished size is around 13"x16"x3", and it will begin it’s life as a 70lb block of aluminum (will end up being around 12lb after everything is milled away). The only other piece will be a thin base plate/cover bolted to the bottom. There will be graffiti milled into the main top surface.
We can also do engraving, annodizing, inlays (almost any material you want), moving parts, and a bunch of other stuff that I won’t think of until somebody brings a concept to me and sparks the idea. The price for these would very greatly depending on what the customer wants, and I have to finish mine first to get a better idea, so I can’t really give you guys a price range yet. I’d like to ask what price you’d be willing to pay for something like this, so that I can get an idea of what I need to aim for. I definitely expect the starting price to be competitive with other professionally made custom sticks/cabinets.
Please keep in mind that I work at an engineering firm, so the only limit is what you’re willing to pay. I want to see what we can do in this market that hasn’t been done yet. Why can’t your stick or cabinet address you by name and load your personal control settings automatically via a biometric scanner? Why shouldn’t a cabinet be made out of big pieces of skeletonized aluminum like a 747, instead of sheets of plywood. Maybe it should have a voice-activated console-changer. It’s just something to think about, but first I need to prove that this is profitable, so smaller, simpler tasks would be best to start with.