Aluminum. Never steel for tube amps. Steel is magnetic and attracts leakage flux from the transformers and sends it everywhere to what's attached to chassis ground.
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fun project, the word of wood is vast...me, I prefer figure, strange grain, Beetle tracks, sap wood...the more character the better
My latest project ( you can see photo in my Casa Pacifica ) system pics is Ambrosia Maple Herron preamp faceplate to match my Vandersteens....I can PM you contact for the guy on audiogon who did work...
have fun !!!!
How are you my friend? Hopefully well as your audio journey continues. My suggestion will label me perhaps a bit. But as someone who very much appreciates woodworking, I still enjoy a fine American Walnut with a natural oil finish. Understated, refined for sure, but perhaps not modern. A hard tandem to satisfy. Let's here from the woodworkers out there.
+1 @corelli "Let's hear from the woodworkers out there."
I love American Walnut but in this application it would have to be a very lightly stained and minimal grain board (which I feel is 'tragically' anti walnut). :)
As to "how I am?" Had a very rough patch healthwise, May through November, but am slowly rehabbing back to my earlier self.
How are things on your end?
david, I am an advotee of SET. In my younger years was a commercial tree worker/full time climber, so I have an appreciation for wood. (my best life learning experienceI) I have two pairs of mono amps, both by Wavelength. My Cardinal XS came with the optional exotic wood. ($1000 extra, donated to endangered species foundation) Zebra Wood!! I just wanted to share. Good luck on your worthy project! We will be following your endeavor with much interest.
These are wood blanks that can be used as knife scales (handles). The grains can be amazing and most of these materials are almost indestructible. The one thing to consider with these is the grain comes out even more once sanded-no staining necessary.