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Old 01-19-2016, 08:38 AM
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Reprinting urei faceplate

Has anyone here ever re-screen printed their faceplate?

Bought one on the bay and it has some of the print worn off (esp. around phono one and two knobs), it would be nice to have it looking fresh again, although it's also nice to have a mixer that looks like it could tell a few stories!
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Old 01-19-2016, 04:08 PM
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if it is only a few of the labels - maybe a water-slide or rub off lettering format would work for the repair?

I guess identifying the font and size is the most difficult thing though!
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Old 01-20-2016, 06:46 AM
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The font is Helvetica, the size is another issue.

I was thinking of scanning the faceplate on a large format scanner, fixing the print in photoshop, and then screen print or laser etch a new faceplate.

Does anyone here have a pdf I could use, or know where I could buy one online?
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:08 AM
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I'm trying to do exactly the same thing for a Bozak. I scanned a new old stock front panel for the CMA a couple of days ago, tidied in Photoshop and I'm recreating it in Front Panel Designer / Express.

Looks like an expensive process though as you pay per hole drilled / character.
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Old 01-22-2016, 11:36 AM
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I guess if you are doing this for yourself it would not be much concern for getting caught but I would not try and reproduce them for sale. I think the UREI rights have all expired even though Paul Morressey of Audio For The Soul once leased the production rights. Mario may know more abut the UREI material. BOZAK could become problematic because all rights excluding the logo are owned now by BOZAK aka Audio For The Soul. I have heard that Paul frowns on the practice of people duplicating material and in the past has actually gone after several of them. I also know that the original logo is owned by a ex BOZAK employee and was legally retained and still registered under another company. As I said doing one for personal use I don't think anyone would come after you but I don't think I would advertise it.
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:03 PM
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Thanks for the information. It's a personal project so I'd not planned to sell them. If for no other reason than the cost of producing them is about the same as buying old stock.

You're completely correct on the reproduction rights though. It's something I'd not thought about. As the mixer is so old I assumed that I'd have no concerns but with both Bozak and Urei re-issues, the artwork and branding is still/has recently been used commercially.

For simplicity, I might well just use an old panel and plug the holes for the mods I'm making.

Thanks for the detailed info. Really appreciated.
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:54 AM
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I've seen a few mixers with a 'blackout' sort of theme...
they looked nice, but possibly intimidating to someone unfamiliar...
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:55 PM
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Hi guys,

I know nothing about fabrication but as a graphic designer who does a lot of print work I can tell you that you will want to produce these graphics in Adobe Illustrator -- not Photoshop. Without getting in the weeds too much, you will have a much better outcome doing this as a vector graphic and not a rasterized image (JPG, PSD, etc.). Your Photoshop work will likely look like crap when it comes back from the printer.

My recommendation is to flatbed scan the faceplate using a large flatbed scanner, and then 'place' the image exactly proportionally onto an Illustrator file that has been correctly sized for print. Lock the image layer down, dim it to 50% opacity, and then create a new layer where you'll trace over the lines and text, before converting all text to outlines. Hide the lower layer and save as a PDF to send to your fabricator. It's a lengthy process but that's what the pros do.

FunkSoulLover is right about Helvetica Medium being the font of choice for these mixers.
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Old 01-31-2016, 08:00 AM
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FunkSoulLover is right about Helvetica Medium being the font of choice for these mixers.

As you can imagine, with this kind of fontspotting ability, I get all sorts of crazy pussy!

Thanks for the headsup on illustrator Vs photoshop, very informative.
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