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Jul 13, 2009 10:22 |  #1

Just finished my new desk for my mac workstation. I do video, and audio work in addition to photography.

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This is the new London Blue Desk 5000 with optional Dual Monitor Stand and Dual Studio Monitor Speaker Stands.
The desk is 62" wide, and 32" deep. It comes with a cable tray lining the back. Built of sturdy 2x4's and 3/4 inch plywood, it will last a lifetime.
The Monitor Stand is 10" off the desk, 48" wide and 24" deep. Made of sturdy 2x10 stands with 3/4 inch MDF top, it too should last a lifetime.
The speaker stands are custom made wooden boxes on their side putting the speakers a healthy 14 inches above the surface of the desk at optimal hearing height.

You can own one of these desks for a cool $100 in materials and about 4 hours of cutting and assembly time.

PowerMac G5, 24" and 19" displays, M-Audio Studio Monitors, and presonus Monitor Station not included.

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Jul 13, 2009 10:26 |  #2

Nice work, very nice work.
My only gripe with it is the compartment for the beer bottles isn't big enough for my needs.

Are you going to put some kind of finish on it? (stain etc)


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Jul 13, 2009 12:45 |  #3

bachscuttler wrote in post #8271880external link
Nice work, very nice work.
My only gripe with it is the compartment for the beer bottles isn't big enough for my needs.

Are you going to put some kind of finish on it? (stain etc)


Haha. Thanks! I've only ever found 1 desk that met the size requirements I have for a desk, and that is in a pottery barn magazine and costs $700! I started this desk 4 years ago when I needed one and couldn't afford anything. $40 in 2x4's and plywood later, I had the basic desk.

The beer bottle is from a celebration a few years back. I keep it for sentimental reasons. I haven't thought of putting a fridge in, I'd be afraid of the motor putting some nasty electrical flux back into the system so close to audio equipment.

The main desk is going on 4 years old, without stain. i originally planned on painting it black or staining it really dark, but I like it the way it is. Plus, i don't know how well staining MDF will compare with staining plywood.


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Jul 13, 2009 16:16 |  #4

Nothing beats custom made! Those speakers look like they mean business... what are they?




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Jul 13, 2009 16:50 |  #5

Great job there.


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Jul 13, 2009 18:15 |  #6

Nicly done, nothing like having the pefect custom set up.


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Jul 13, 2009 19:02 |  #7

highbarger wrote in post #8273843external link
Nothing beats custom made! Those speakers look like they mean business... what are they?

M-Audio BX5 Studio Reference Monitors. They are a decent entry level set of studio monitors. 5inch woofers with 1inch Mylar tweeters. They have the amps built into them. I think 90 or 100 watts each. Doesn't sound like a lot, but these little puppies pack a punch.

They are about 5ish years old now, the upgraded versions are the BX5a or the new CX5. The BX5a is $299 a pair, and the CX5 is $299 each. Higher end studio monitors from Mackie are $700+ each, or Tannoy $1k each, or Genelec $5500 each.

You can get them at sweetwater.com (the B&H of the music world) or even guitar center if you must.

I recommend getting MoPads ($30) for them, which are monitor isolation pads, they sonically separate your speakers from their stands/desk so that they don't vibrate or transfer low end notes into your stand/desk. if you don't have MoPads, you'll turn your desk into a giant bass chamber and that's just bad.

Oh, and based on your avatar, i'd assume you are a pink floyd fan. You haven't heard dark side of the moon until you've heard it at 110dB on these things.


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Jul 13, 2009 19:03 |  #8

MaxxuM wrote in post #8274020external link
Great job there.

Moppie wrote in post #8274411external link
Nicly done, nothing like having the pefect custom set up.

Thanks!


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Jul 13, 2009 19:07 |  #9

londonblue007 wrote in post #8274620external link
Oh, and based on your avatar, i'd assume you are a pink floyd fan. You haven't heard dark side of the moon until you've heard it at 110dB on these things.

As good as hearing it live in a stadium? :cool:


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Moppie wrote in post #8274643external link
As good as hearing it live in a stadium? :cool:


No, nothing beats the real thing live in a stadium. Oh, and not as good as hearing it by the Australian Pink Floyd Show at Agganis Arena either... but, if you have a 6 pack (or whatever it is you people from the 60's and 70's did at Floyd concerts ;)) and 50 minutes free, I recommend it.


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Jul 13, 2009 19:15 |  #11

londonblue007 wrote in post #8274654external link
No, nothing beats the real thing live in a stadium. Oh, and not as good as hearing it by the Australian Pink Floyd Show at Agganis Arena either... but, if you have a 6 pack (or whatever it is you people from the 60's and 70's did at Floyd concerts ;)) and 50 minutes free, I recommend it.

:lol::lol:

I first started listening to pink floyd in the late 70s, but wasn't conscious of it until much later :cool:

I've Only ever heard Rodge Waters and his band play in a stadium, but they did perform Dark Side of the Moon in its entirity.


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Moppie wrote in post #8274675external link
:lol::lol:

I first started listening to pink floyd in the late 70s, but wasn't conscious of it until much later :cool:

I've Only ever heard Rodge Waters and his band play in a stadium, but they did perform Dark Side of the Moon in its entirity.

Then you've unfortunately been robbed! Gilmour isn't touring actively right now, but keep an eye on aussiefloyd.com. for $30, it's the best you'll ever hear and come to the original floyd.


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Jul 13, 2009 20:17 |  #13

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Then you've unfortunately been robbed! Gilmour isn't touring actively right now, but keep an eye on aussiefloyd.com. for $30, it's the best you'll ever hear and come to the original floyd.

Waters was very cool live, he can't sing like Glimour can, but they are his songs, and brings something to them they works.

I've heard aussiefloyd.com are fantastic. Ironicly they have toured here, but it was years ago before they were popular and before people realised they were really good, so I never went :cry:


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Jul 13, 2009 21:32 |  #14

londonblue007 wrote in post #8274620external link
Oh, and based on your avatar, i'd assume you are a pink floyd fan. You haven't heard dark side of the moon until you've heard it at 110dB on these things.

Listening to it in SACD on some Martin Logans or Vienna Acoustics was pretty good!


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Jul 14, 2009 22:34 |  #15

I have a custom made desk as well. I think I've had mine for 14 years now.
It's just not as elaborate as yours.

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