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SAE Racks & Cabinets
These racks and cabinets were released along with the "00" series line. The racks may be used with any rack mount faceplate equipment. SAE later on introduced the appropriate spacers and such so that later lines of SAE gear could be mounted, including the SAE TWO line if the optional rack handles are installed.


This letter and promo picture were given to dealers to announce the introduction of the SAE metal rack line.

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I obtained an SAE R3 rack but instead of  "SAE Audio Rack" silk screened on the top panel, the OEM had their logo "STAK RAK" silk screened instead. This confirms to me that "STAK RAK" was the OEM for the R1, R2 and R3 racks. I think they were in Sylmar, CA.

These are the assembly instructions for the early R1/R2 Rack w/o slotted rails

These are the assembly instructions for the late R1/R2 Rack with slotted rails

SAE C-2 cabinet - used for 2100 & 2100L pre-amps and 2400 amplifier

SAE C-3 cabinet - used for 3100 and 2200 amplifier

SAE C-4 cabinet - used for 8000 tuner (also for 2900 & 3000 preamp, 3200 tuner or 1800 equalizer if stacking on  C-2, C-3, or C-4 cabinets)

SAE C-6 cabinet - used for 2800 equalizer

Here are pictures of an NOS C-2 cabinet as packaged from SAE. The unit had to be assembled by the end user. Below are the assembly instructions.



Here is an assembled SAE SR-10 Stack Rack cabinet - This unit can be stacked on top of the R-1 or R-2 rack to increase capacity. The SR-10 is 10.5 inches tall to hold six rack units. The picture on the right is a close up of the link bar used to attach the stack rack to the main rack. Four sizes where available - 3, 4, 5 and 6 rack spaces.


Above is a NOS R7 stack rack in the original carton. Each stack rack kit contained the two side rails, top panel, two link bars, two top rack side panel covers and assembly hardware.


These are SAE rack ear spacers (available from one space to five spaces) which can be used behind the ears of  "01" and "02" and "X" series components when rack mounted with "Mark" and  "00" series components to keep the faceplates flush to each other.

This is the RC-1 Cassette Shelf. I found this one NOS in an unopened box.

I obtained two R-1 racks that were about as complete is I have ever seen. Each one came with four of these. I believe these came with the rack if you did not want to use the rollers even though I have not confirmed that yet.

These three pieces form the rack record bin.

Above are two record bins for SAE racks. The one on the left has vacuum formed side panels and the one on the right has metal side panels



Here is an example of the optional rack mount handles for the second generation SAE TWO line. They were available in two and three space configurations.

Above are the rack ear kit for the first generation SAE TWO line


SAE racks had two styles of mounting rails for installing gear. The left rack had rails that used 10-24 U clip style speed nuts. I believe the early racks had this design. The later racks used an extruded slotted rail that used 10-24 square (stove) nuts. The disadvantage of this style is that the rack has to be laid down to install your components.

Announcement letter of C10 Rack, Accessories and prices to dealers

This is a SAE C-10 rack. In reality, it is a Scientific Atlanta "Optima" industrial rack.

Above is the optional DR-1 Rack Drawer. It is 10.5 tall (6 rack spaces) and only fits the C-10 rack as it is too deep for the R1/R2 rack.

SAE also made Walnut Cabinets for the Mark Series line of components. See my "Mark Specs" page for pictures and more information. Below is a scan of the instructions for installing the component into the cabinet.

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