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 From:  graphitone  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)      
42301.124 In reply to 42301.121 
If the case is disassemble-able then I'd be tempted to remove the whole shroud, or at the very least those bits that are visible when it's on a shelf/hifi rack, then fill, sand and re-spray the whole thing. If you're looking for a matt black hard wearing spray paint then you could do worse than this.
Aside from some minatures I discovered at my mum's house in a long abandoned cupboard which I've painted up just to see if I had the skills still, I've tried it out on some metal work I need to do for a fireplace surround and it's been brilliant.

 
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.125 In reply to 42301.124 
OK, where I am now. 1) The Cyrus 2 amplifier is back from the repair man who has replaced all the key capacitors with "Nichicon audio grade replacements"* and cleaned and gold-electroplated the controls (inside - not the knobs) plus replaced various switches and resoldered bits and loads of other stuff.
2) Music all now in Flac form on my new tiny PC. About to add a wifi chip and antennas (antennae? Apparently "s" will do for the electrical sort) 3) Sadly decided to retire my ancient home-built transmission-line loudspeakers. 20 years is storage have not been kind. The drive units are failing along with the crossovers and replacements are eye-wateringly expensive. Plus I really can't be arsed to re-veneer two big floorstanding boxes. 4) Ordered some pretty speaker stands with bamboo feet and some new speakers. Boo! Phone call today - "Speakers out of stock and manufacturer says won't make any more. We have the replacement but it's an upgrade and an extra £250." As my tears start to fall, the sales human continues, "But my manager says you can have them at the same price." Hooray! These ones if you're interested. 5) Mrs WilliamA has told me that she simply cannot live with the clutter of stand-mounted loudspeakers next to the telly. Fair enough, but that means the music set up will move East into the extension (we've got a sort of open-plan thing going on) hence the need for a wifi chip in the PC as there's no nearby ethernet. Of course, that means I can't plug my PC into the telly any more. I've decided to go for an HDMI connected touchscreen. I only want something little to run a media player app + Spotify etc. so this Elecrow 7 inch thing should do. 

Question: the Elecrow 7 inch touchscreen thingy is reported to be quite good, but it's clearly pig-ugly with acres of exposed circuitry, casework, and mounting points poking out. Has anybody here got one and managed to find a decent case? I've seen this, which will do at a pinch. Failing that, has anybody got suggestions for a more cosmetically satisfactory screen? I've looked at pairing an old tablet to use as a screen, but I'd quite like to connect via HDMI because having a connected monitor works best for Anydesk, which allows me to control things from a remote phone or laptop (Anydesk likes the target computer to have a monitor connected).


*which I imagine is a good thing
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 From:  graphitone  
 To:  william (WILLIAMA)      
42301.126 In reply to 42301.125 
What do you need in a case? Is it going be wall mounted or something you can tote around?
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.127 In reply to 42301.126 
It'll be sitting next to the PC. I'm not intending to wall mount or anything. I just want something that can be picked up to choose music or check what's playing. I don't want a big standard sized monitor or one of the mini-monitors with stands (that tend to be ridiculously expensive anyway) which is why the Elecrow range is attractive. For a case, I just want something to cover up the exposed circuits and tidy away the mounting tabs etc. If it's reasonably decent looking that's a plus.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)   
 To:  graphitone     
42301.128 In reply to 42301.126 
It's odd looking at this case. They seem to have deliberately made it not fit properly leaving ribbon cables and stuff on view from the front.
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