The Nice-Racks "Econo" Series Studio Racks are designed as and economic
alternative to standard, RTA (Ready to Assemble), assembly line studio racks.
They are fully functional studio racks made of real wood, but at a fraction of
the price. They are available in 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18-spaces. All
Econo racks are 16" deep, include a pair of rack rails and a set of rubber feet
(all pre-installed), and are available in any one of our 97 stain choices. They
ship in a flat-pack and there is absolutely NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED!! The Econo
rack consists of 2 separate wood frames (a left and a right), with rack rails
installed. Simply mount your gear into the rails and you've got a sturdy,
attractive, and functional handmade studio rack to add a bit of personality and
color to your studio atmosphere.
**The rack pictured above is the 16-space version of the Econo Rack. The
blank panels shown are NOT INCLUDED...they are only used for illustrative
Made of 100% Premium Pine using pocket-hole construction. and will
accomodate standard 19" studio gear.
The "Econo" Series racks are 16" depth. The 18U Econo Rack measures 31 3/4"H
x 16"D x 20 5/8"W
Includes custom finishing in any one of our 97 attractive wood stains. Click here to
view our 97 attractive wood stain choices.
Rack rails are heavy-duty, full-hole, angled steel tapped to 10/32 UNF.
Black powder-coat finish. Intalled on every rack.
Finish is oil-based stain with an enamel topcoat.
All racks include 4 rubber feet....Casters and handles are not available on
the "Econo" series racks.
The following product review was submitted by Johnny
Beaver at The Lower Rhythm studio in Portland, Oregon -- found at both www.urthwurk.com/thelowerrhythm and www.myspace.com/thelowerrhythm.
When the package arrived and I had finally received my 14U 'Econo' series
rack from Nice-Racks.com, the first thing I noticed after removing the
near-excessive wrapping was the intense, pungent scent of fresh stain. As it is
with all things fruit and sound, freshness is generally a great sign of things
As you may already know, the Econo series is simply two side panels
with rack rails preinstalled -- your gear is the glue by which this rack is
erected. At first I was skeptical of the design, as some gear can tend to be on
the heavy side and I wasn't sure how well the Econo rack would hold up under
pressure. Without a top or bottom panel to stabilize the structure, I was afraid
that some sort of warping might occur, or perhaps a good knock to the rear half
of the side would rip a rail out of the wood.
To test this theory out, the
first piece of gear I loaded into the rack was an old Peavy T-Max bass head
(let's just say that the weight of this thing prevented me from wanting to drag
it in the house and put it on a scale). Simply to annoy myself, I attempted to
load it with the rack in the standing position and, after 15 minutes and some
help, got it fully mounted. The rack wobbled around and got into some strange
positions during this process,but in the end everything lined up fairly evenly
and it stood firmly on solid ground. If you install your gear like any sane
person would, you'd save yourself all of this trouble and mount everything in a
laying position so that gravity would become your friend (as opposed to bitter
After getting myself a warm glass of scotch, I spent some time
pushing down on the amp head with mild to medium effort, shoving the sides
inward, etc. Satisfying that nothing was going to break and / or explode, I went
ahead and mounted some old synthesizers, a power conditioner, a few effects and
a patch bay. Test conclusion? You'd have to hit this thing in the side / rear
pretty damned hard to cause any serious damage, let alone rip a rail
After taking a step back to admire my handiwork, I noticed that the rack
itself was sitting lopsided. Although it was obvious that this was a result of
mounting a lot of vintage gear (aka widely varying standards as to screw hole
placement), it presented an issue that was not worked out all that easily. It
took about an hour or so of loosening and tightening rack screws until I got
everything situated and the rack sat in a nearly perfect upright position. In
the end this was a 'non-issue,' however this would not have occured in a
standard rack box and was undoubtedly caused by a lack of horizontal support
inherent in the design of the Econo series racks. Those of you with Rane gear
are probably cringing right now.
Once everything was in order, plugged in and
in working order, I realized something: this rack looks damn good. The wood was
beautifully cut and constructed. For a stain color I chose Aegean, and although
it wasn't what I expected (the finish was very matte), it was elegantly done and
resembled anything you'd come to expect of a professional craftsman -- unlike a
great many other rack box manufacturers out there.
In the end, I can't do
anything but recommend Nice-Racks.com's Econo series racks to anyone looking for
a high quality, gorgeous rack at an awesome price ($95 for a 14U!). As far as I
have seen, the quality / price ratio here destroys the competition.
Cheap as all hell
Made completely by hand
Very cool company with extremely nice people
Leaves all your gear exposed so you can impress the ladies with that "mad
scientist" look (and also play ninja turtles in the back)
A bit flimsy due to lack of horizontal support
No top -- this creates two issues. One, dust will definitely be landing on
your gear... and two, you can't set anything on top of the rack.
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