Anyway, puns out of the way, I/Adam am about to receive my fully assembled Paradise boards with Calvin buffers from Si, who has mailed them off today. He's also included some bits to help me put everything together. Photos of the boards and the bits are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/59684834@ ... 4642578283
I'll be building the pre-regulators/PSU boxes and assembling everything into flatpopely's Naim shoebox cases, four of which I have been lucky enough to source from kind pfm members.
The first trick will be getting everything built. With Simon's instructions and your help here, I'm sure that will go relatively smoothly. I'll document it all in this thread. I would still like to use a HiCap-style power switch on the front, though I know Si doesn't like that idea, and I won't be stubborn if it will compromise the sound quality of the Paradise, which is after all the whole point in a no-compromise design like this...
Then I'll need to get some fascia made. Following my recent conversion to CB gear, I'll be pursuing a CB look, quite a bit simpler than my previous, complicated plan. Something like this:
It seems that the CB fascia are just screen printed onto black matte polycarbonate. I'm sure I could get a local shop to do that for me. I could probably get the polycarbonate from a craft shop and cut everything to size with a paper trimmer -- or maybe have it laser-cut to size if that would be better. Another option is to have sticker decals made and to use them as masks, then to spray paint or otherwise ink the logo onto the polycarbonate.
Of course that sounds a bit too easy, doesn't it? I've been thinking it might be fun to do a kind of hybrid CB/Olive aesthetic. For this, I would use clear polycarbonate and do an olive-style front-back parallax effect. Again using sticker decals as masks, I'd paint the back of the panel black except for the reverse side of the lettering, which would be left clear. Then on the front I'd only paint on the logo, white. Then I'd use light tubes and side lighting to draw up light from the green Paradise LEDs to give a rear-illuminated effect.
Oh, and I'll need to get my cases sanded for the CB look, too. Andrew says this on the shoebox product page. Hopefully it's as simple as it sounds.
Lots to sort out -- those are only a few preliminary thoughts...It is painted both ends, if you want the CB ‘Chrome Bumper’ look you simply need to sand off the paint at one end, the technique is called linishing. Contact a local paint shop and they should be able to do it for you very cheaply. This is what NAIM did to achieve the CB look.