US 20040238700 A1
A one-piece stand comprised of a rectangular base platform and an inclined backrest with a lip or flange adapted to hold and face a single “Personal” tube type sound pre-amplification (pre-amp) unit, similarly sized sound modification unit (approx' 5˝″×5˝″×1˝″), or the like at an approximate 45 degree angle towards the user to provide for increased visibility and easier control access, formed of materials having sufficient rigidity to retain the intended shape and withstand the weight of the intended sound modification units.
1) A one-piece stand that supports a single “Personal” tube type sound pre-amplification (pre-amp) unit, similarly sized sound modification unit (approx' 5˝″×5˝″×1˝″), or the like at an angle towards the user comprised of (from back to front to top):
a rectangular base adapted to rest on a work surface and provided with non-skid plastic self-adhesive pads to assist in resisting sliding movements there between.
a flange/lip portion continuing from the base created with an upward 45 degree bend in the material followed by an overlapping 180 degree bend back towards the base.
a rectangular backrest portion continuing from the flange/lip created with an upward 90 degree bend in the material that provides for the 45 degree inclined backrest.
 The design and fabrication of this invention was done with the purpose and invention of the uses spelled out in this specification, however, Patent Research has found similar inventions but none with the purpose and intention of this specific invention.
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 The fields of endeavor in which this invention will be used are Electronic Musical or Sound Amplification/Modification, and Electronic Sound Recording and Engineering. This present invention relates to a stand to hold a single “Personal” tube type sound pre-amplification (pre-amp) unit or similarly sized sound modification units (approx' 5˝″×5˝″×1˝″) providing the user increased visibility and easier control access.
 With the advent of digital and computer-based audio recording with its inherent sterile sound, professional audio engineers and equipment manufacturers have focused substantial financial investment into the research and development of sound modification products to reintroduce a sense of warmth back into digital recordings.
 During the past 6-8 years, the industry has seen the introduction of smaller “Personal” tube type sound pre-amplification (pre-amp) units and similarly sized sound modification units (approx' 5˝″×5˝″×1˝″) such as the ART Tube MP®, dbx Mini-Pre®, Bellari MP105®, and the Behringer Tube Ultragain, MIC200®, targeted primarily for home and project recording studio use as well as musicians using electronic musical instruments.
 The industry standard for the design and construction of these smaller pre-amplifiers and sound modification units has generally been that they sit flat on a table surface or work surface with controls facing directly upwards and input/output connectors facing away from the user. Some units have visual metering devices and most all have audio sound modification controls that require tactile manipulation.
 The overall concept of my invention (in whatever form of production or construction) is that it be an angled or inclined type of stand that raises and “tilts” these (approx' 5˝″×5˝″×1˝″) pre-amplifiers, sound modification units, or the like at an approximate 45% angle towards the user to provide for increased visibility and easier control access.
 The first drawing is based on the prototype that is made from a piece of 22-gauge metal (stainless steel) measuring 6 inches wide and 15 inches long with 4 primary corners rounded. The metal was scored (marked) across the width at 6 inches, 7˝ inches, and 9 inches to provide points for bending into proper shape and design.
 At the 6 inch score mark, the 90 degree bend creates the upper back support. At the 7˝ inch score mark, the 180 degree bend creates the 1˝ inch base for the unit to rest on. At the 9 inch score mark, a final 45 degree bend creates the actual base of the entire stand.
 This provides us with a “stand” having a width of 6 inches with an approximately 6 inch high back section tilting away from the user at 45 degrees with an approximately 1˝ inch unit base tilting towards the user at 45 degrees with an approximately 7″ stand base parallel to the resting surface pointing away from the user.
 The second drawing is a photocopy of a photo of the described invention with an actual pre-amplifier unit resting as intended in an upright position facing the user.
 The prototype is made from a piece of 22-gauge metal (stainless steel) measuring 6 inches wide and 15 inches long. The metal is scored (marked) then bent as required using a “Hand Brake” at angles shown on the included drawing. The edges of the metal are ground to remove sharp edges and points. The corners are rounded.
 Corners of 15″×6″ sheet of metal are cut minimally to assist in the rounding of the 4 corners.
 Edges of the sheet metal are ground to remove sharpness with an electric grinder.
 Corners are mechanically rounded off with an electric grinder.
 Measuring lengthwise from left to right, the metal is lightly scored (marked) across the width at 6 inches, 7˝ inches, and 9 inches to provide points for bending into proper shape and design configuration.
 Metal is placed into the “Hand Brake” at the 6 inch “score/mark” and bent at 90 degrees to create the upper back support.
 Metal is removed and then again placed in the “Hand Brake” at the 7˝ inch “score/mark” and bent at 180 degrees to creates the 1˝ inch base or lip for the pre-amp to rest on.
 Metal is again removed then placed in the “Hand Brake” to make the final 45 degree bend to create the actual base of the entire stand.
 4 small non-skid plastic self-adhesive pads cab be attached to the stand bottom at each corner to help protect against scratches on surfaces where stand would rest.
 The user would attach 2 non-skid self-adhesive pads to the “front” of the pre-amp unit (the front being surface facing user in manufacturers intended resting position).
 The user would then place pre-amp unit on the invention with controls facing forward towards user at angle with connecting inputs and outputs pointing upward.
 The user would make the necessary electrical and sound equipment related connections and use the unit in it's intended manner, now with greater visibility and easier control access.
 The present invention satisfies a long existing need for a durable angled support for single “Personal” tube type sound pre-amplification (pre-amp) units, similarly sized sound modification units (approx' 5˝″×5˝″×1˝″), and the like.