I’ll post my reviews of all the cases I own or have owned, starting from the beginning!
Make Noise Powered Skiff: Not bad for the price, not a huge fan of the Make Noise busboards in general but they’re fine if you don’t have a bunch of thirsty digital modules. The black screws look nice but they’re 2.5, not M3. I also very much hate sliding nuts, and that’s what you get here. The logo on the side is a nice touch, and its about as low-profile as a 104hp skiff comes. Wish it had a lid, but otherwise most things are still good. I still have this one.
6U Monorocket (orange, 2015 build or so): Probably one of the nicest looking cases I’ve had, the orange tolex is great. More sliding nuts here, on vector rails - so I’d have to say this was my least favorite rail setup of everything. Also since this was an older case, it was cut super deep, so the lid fits on the case patched, but closed up it’s just as big as a folding 12U, there’s way too much depth behind the modules. Incredibly stable power supply, tons of headers, loved that. Sold this for a 12U.
12U Dark Modular folding case: My first 12U folding case. Make Noise boards again here, which I mentioned my thoughts on earlier. This one had legs that fit into the bottom of the lid to stand it open, which I did not like, as it was quite easy to push it over when patching, potentially ripping cables out and damaging modules. Also ,the total clearance between the two halves when closed patched was about 2", which is very small, and you basically need to use tiny cables like the CTRL branded ones, or tendrils, otherwise you can’t close it patched. Great side latches, feels very sturdy. Sold this for a folding 12U MDLR.
42hp Erica Synths Pico case: Love this little thing. I don’t put the cheeks on it for max portability but it’s been a great little travel buddy. Tons of power, and I think my only complaint is that the rail spacing here is tighter than any other case I’ve tried. Some modules like the Nano Rand needed some gentle sanding to fit, and other larger modules like the WMD performance mixer don’t fit at all due to the rails being too close together.
12U MDLR Performer: This is probably the be-all end-all of folding 12U cases. This is the model with the ring that slides between the two halves so you get more space closed patched, but don’t have to deal with a lip when playing. This has split threaded M3 rails, which are great. I much prefer it over sliding nuts, and the split rail allows you a little more wiggle room when screwing that last module in. The half-ring as stand is genius, and I love the fact that one peg is longer than the other when sliding half of the case on to the ring, so it is easy to guide in. I have the internal doepfer PSU3 - it’s a great power supply but it is heavy and adds significant weight to the case, as well as robbing you of a lot of internal depth. If I did this again I might go with the external bricks and the MDLR busboards. That said, I’ll never run out of power headers with this thing. Flew with this case and the biggest problem was that it was quite heavy, and the carrying handle is on part of the ring, which after an extended time carrying it through airports and public transit, started to squeak as it flexed under the weight of the rest of the case. Still have this thing, but don’t plan on traveling far with it again.
7U/104 Intellijel: My favorite case so far. The 1U row is fantastic for utilities (despite lack of support for non-IJ tiles), and the weight can’t be beat. The lid is plenty deep so you can use almost any kind of cabling and still close patched. I wish the latches on the side felt a bit more solid, and the aluminum is prone to scuffing, but that’s what you trade for such a lightweight case. I do feel that the handle could be more ergonomically shaped, and a sleeve to protect the metal case (not nothing bulky like the gig bag) would be a nice option to have. Last nit is that I wish the threaded rails were split like in the MDLR, but that’s a minor issue. Great power supply, no issues at all with it, and plenty of headers. Currently using this as my primary case.