Best Desk Ever!!!
No fooling, this is truly a "Made in America" masterpiece! Jon and the crew there at Malone, Waco TX, have created a desk that really makes your studio pop, hides cables well, and arranges rack-mounted gear within arms reach. Not to mention it makes clients and colleagues say "WOW!!!" whenever they walk into your control room.
It came almost fully assembled on a sturdy shipping pallet, boxed and well protected from damage. Only had to attach the two shapely legs with 8 screws, flip it over and done! I did have a friend over to help with the unboxing and very "careful" flipping part. It's at least a two person job. Taking the advice of another reviewer, I also added one heavy angle bracket to the left and right legs near the top. Painted them black and waited until the desk was upright and had weight on the legs before installing them, so I knew it was settled and squared up. I'm really glad I did because with all the gear installed, it gets a bit top heavy. I love the little shelves hidden in the back for all the accessory items like USB hub, HDMI switchers/splitters, power supplies, etc. And, the removable monitor shelf was yet another super feature by Malone Design Works.
Finally, since I never use the sliding keyboard shelves, I removed it and added side-by-side equipment racks for my CDR recorder and MBox2 shelf. Brandon Eden at Sweetwater really made the purchase process simple and fast. He worked with me to get the "Filler Panels" customized perfectly to fit the Avid Artist series controllers I had purchased along with the desk. I had designed my new studio control room around this desk and it was well worth the wait, you won't be sorry!