I have developed a good relationship with a PVD vendor here in the US who is doing some really impressive work on the (all-steel) Heavy-6 Monoliths, so I’m ready to explore the oft-requested prospect of making upgrade/replacement backplates for the Norbaforce. These plates should be compatible both with the existing Norbaforces and also any subsequent revision I may produce. The only difference is material and finish.
I’m doing and IC because I’m not sure how much interest there will be given the high cost of these two processes. These will likely be offered in a matte black at around $175 (the cost of stainless steel machining and of PVD finishing are inherently very high). The advantage of these plates is greatly increased weight and greater sound dampening. PVD coating is a high-end coating process used on luxury watches and is among the most durable finishing processes available for metal. The finishing will all happen here in California to the highest possible cosmetic standard.