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Gator GRC-12X10 PU - 12U Top, 10U Side Console Audio Rack Reviews

3.0 stars based on 2 customer reviews
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  • Alan
    from United States August 5, 2013Music Background:
    Recording engineer, musician, live/studio sound-tech

    A life (and back) saver

    Not too much to say... If you need this, there is nothing to do but get it. A well-made product that has turned my weekly setup/teardown into a very simple task - on wheels.

  • John Edward Lawton
    from Craig, CO USA September 5, 2011Music Background:
    Sound Company Owner/Live Sound Engineer

    Poorly Built and Over Priced

    For a light-weight mixer, this unit would be more appropriate.

    This polyethylene is not "virtually indestructible". It scrapes and scratches easily. The plastic warps and the case does not remain "true", does not keep its "square angles". The front of the rack, near the hinge, is too thin to keep the thin-/steel-hinges and aluminum-railing from warping under the weight of a 33.6 lb. Yamaha 01V96VCM digital mixer, when raised to any of several positions, especially when fully raised (supporting pins in highest notch and mechanism latched, thus, raised just less than the amount necessary to disengage the latches and lower the top rack).

    The "patented" ratcheting lift is awkward (the sides often latch at different levels) and doesn't adequately support my 01V96VCM side-to-side; it (along with insufficient plastic-case- and aluminum-rail-strength) doesn't stop the mixer from swaying side-to-side upon slight, lateral force.

    The front aluminum-rail and steel-hinges--along with the steel-/riveted-reinforcing plate--bent from the weight of the 01 when "locked" in its most upright position (supporting pins in highest notch), after raising the mixer approximately 10 times.

    One end of the nylon "handle" pulled loose from the rivet on approximately the 30th raising of the top rack.

    The wheels are not far enough apart--side-to-side and front-to-back--for good stability. Running into even small obstacles while rolling the rack caused too much tilting and way too much potential for tipping the rack over.

    An insufficient number of rivets was used to attach the plastic rack-shell to the wood base-plate.

    I disassembled much of my case--"bye, bye" warranty--and, (1)(a) moved the wheels as far away from the center of the base-plate as possible, gaining approximately 3" side-to-side and 2" front-to-back in wheel-base (giving much greater stability) and (b) bolted the plastic case to the base-plate using two pieces of 1" x 1/8" aluminum-strap between the bolts and the plastic, (2)(a) used one piece of 1/2" angle-"iron" (mild-steel)--shaped-by-grinder for a snug fit and with holes drilled for mounting--to reinforce the top, raising-section plastic, rail, and hinge-half, and (b) used one piece of 1/2" mild-steel square-tubing (also shaped and drilled) to reinforce the lower hinge, railing, and plastic (discarding the formerly riveted steel plate, as its rivets interfered with mounting both the "angle" and the square tube), and (3) replaced the nylon-strap "handle" with a bolted-on steel drawer-handle. (4) Initially, I put a 62 lb. Crown XLS 5000 in the bottom three rack spaces, for stability; it has since been replaced with a 24 lb. XTi 6000, with a large loss in stability.

    Then, THEN, I added a MY16AT card to the 01. Now, to lift or lower the mixer, I have to reach in between the mixer and case--an action that is moderately difficult to very difficult for me to accomplish safely with my physical disabilities--and pull the railing and the back of the case away from the 01 to get the MY16AT screws to clear. "Fortunately", due to the thin plastic and aluminum, I am able to do this.

    This rack under-performs at its price-point.


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