Having removed the chassis from the combo case a while ago I had a clearer idea of what would need protecting if shipped, hence my suggestion of a protective board across the top, surrounding the controls.
At this point I thought it worth reminding Bruce about my request for a head-only case.
All the indications from the Zinky web site and international dealers were that the Superfly was still in production, at least as an amp head. Hence I expected a wooden case to be available (Note: The Superfly is still advertised as of October 2009.
Reckoning that actions speak louder than words (especially emailed ones) I got to work making a shipping protector and notified Bruce when it was done - see part 19.
Thanks for this latest email.
Looking in the chassis today reminded me how much wiring there is in there. That's a hell of a design. As I really want to get the upgrade done by yourselves it might make sense for you to look at the reverb wiring while you have it rather than me spending more time tinkering with it.
I was certainly planning on very substantial wrapping to ship the chassis to you and I wasn't going to send the cabinet, partly because I'm hoping you can supply a head-only cabinet when it's returned (see my original email). I was proposing to send all the tubes (including the new set of power tubes that overheated) and the reverb pan, all suitably wrapped so they can all be used in testing the amp.
One idea I just had is that before I wrap the chassis I could fix a piece of plywood on to the top (control side) of the chassis using the existing mounting bolts thereby reducing the flex in the chassis perhaps. I'd have to make a cut-out to clear the knobs and ensure that the ply is thick enough to protect the Save button which protrudes about an inch. If I leave a two-inch overhang around the edge that would give some protection to the sides.
Thanks and regards,