Finally got around the designing and building the chassis for the Aikido line stage. Have a look at some of the photos during the planning phase. The chassis will be the usual timber sides and metal plate on top with the tubes and regulator heat sinks sticking through the top plate. The knobs and connectors are all on the front face.
I have decided to use XLR connectors in lieu of the 'Audiophile' type uber-expensive RCA sockets. It was actually the Eichmann plugs that gave me the inspiration. They were talking about the eddy currents, etc that happens when there is a sleeve type connection. And well, that does kind of make sense. But why not go one step further and remove ANY sleeve or ring type connection in the signal chain? The XLR are pin connection only, and being a professional audio product, designed for high numbers of inserts and removals. It is also silver plated connectors, with cable locks. All this had to around $10 each. Further, with the 3 pin standard connection, I can run stereo RCA, with the grounds tied together (which is what happens anyway inside the amp), and thus half the number of cables in the system.