Looking for original Trafolite material

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Looking for original Trafolite material

Postby API on Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:04 am

Hi everyone.

Does anyone here have a source for some original trafolite (or phenolic) fibreboard similar to what was used on old Hiwatt logos etc?
Looking for both black and white front laminated ones.

Hav been searching high and low but have not turned up the original stuff.
Just love how fiberous and living this material is, the new plastic stuff you can buy today is to boring!

Thanks,
1966 JTM45/100, 1967 "1959" Super Lead, 1967 "1961" JMP 4x10" Mk I Bluesbreaker, 1967 "1962" JMP 2x12" Mk I Bluesbreaker, 1967 "1973" Master Reverb 18w combo, 1963 AC30, 1964 AC15 Twin, 1963 Watkins Dominator, 1965 Princetone Reverb, 1957 Gibson GA-40 Les Paul, 1962 Gibson GA-40 LP, 1962 Epiphone Pathfinder
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Re: Looking for original Trafolite material

Postby tWreCK on Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:02 am

An old post obviously but it's a subject of interest to me simply because I own a mid 70's DR504 I would like to restore in the future. A couple of years ago there was a discussion in the hiwatt forum about trying to gather enough funds to do a run of repro faceplates faithfull to the originals. This would mean sending originals to an engraver to copy. It went so far as to contacting various companies in the UK to get quotes but that's where the problems lie - cost. Ultimately everyone bailed because of the high costs involved.

The material is still made today - the generic term is Traffolyte. I contacted the following companies who both said making exact copies of labels/controls panels was no problem. They just need templates or original samples.

http://www.traffolytelabels.co.uk/Category-279/What-is-Traffolyte.htm

http://www.premier-engraving.co.uk/traffolyte-labels-tags.html

If you were to pursue this I would definitely be interested...........
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Re: Looking for original Trafolite material

Postby Phil4603 on Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:41 am

You need to decide what thickness you want them in.
The earlier logos and faceplates were thinner than the later ones.
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Re: Looking for original Trafolite material

Postby API on Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:18 pm

Thanks for those links!
In the second link it realy looks like they have the correct material which should be a bit fiberous and not just plain plastic.

Will get in touch with them to get some samples.
I am not doing Hiwatt panels myself, just other panels for an old Neve desk.
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Re: Looking for original Trafolite material

Postby tWreCK on Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:26 pm

Your Welcome :)

Both companies use the correct old style phenolic material. If I recall correctly the first company was cheaper due to the fact they could make smaller runs.........
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Re: Looking for original Trafolite material

Postby API on Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:34 pm

Great! Will check them out as well.

Thanks again!
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