UPDATE: The above picture is a nice hi-res one taken on the Leica Digilux 3

I finished making the new case for my Serge Modular. Well almost finished, I might live with it for a while and check it’s how I want it, then use the wooden panels I made as templates for thicker solid wood ones that I will have cut by a pro. Below is a mini-blog of what I did

I bought the modules home in a box and set it up so I could test it out and think about the configuration

After checking out the modules I took off all the face plates which also contain the electronics. Some will need a bit of work later on such as non working lamps etc

After much thought and precarious balancing I arrived at a design and then cut the wooden side-cheeks. I used American Walnut left over from when I had my kitchen built

When I bought the modules about 8 years ago some were of a more modern and dubious vintage, the clue here being that the face plate was written in Biro. It’s actually a very useful and clever module, as it interfaces with the Roland MP101 midi-cv interface which came with the Serge module opening up a whole world of possibilities. I decided to redo the graphics, so I took off what was there

It was interesting to see which modules the previous owner had replaced. Looking underneath revealed that it had been a dual reverb [which I have in another panel] and a Serge dual pre-amp. Oh well

Here is the layout I made in photoshop. I think I found the exact font which was a stroke of luck [Twentieth Century Bold]

Here it is in-situ. I even ‘aged’ the paper [with tea] prior to laminating it to roughly match the rest of the panels

And here it is! I am going to have an extra [custom delay?] panel made up to fill the space at the top left, or if i find the right vintage Serge [TKB?] then maybe….

Why is this post called ‘Silent Serge’? Because upon testing out the finished thing, I managed to short out the power supply with a banana cord, and now it won’t power up. It should be a quick fix for Big Al though, but it means I can’t play with it till next week. DOH!

UPDATE: Here are some more pics of the finished Serge, circa August 2011