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I would like to buy a case for The Allen & Heath ZED-436 is an audio mixer that gives you 32 mono inputs plus 2 dual stereo channels. Which one do you recommend that can fit it well.Please send me email on [email protected]

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Cases are being sold on Ebay, new, from several sources, and if you can't find one specifically listed for your unit, contact the sellers as they custom build them. That is a big unit... expect to pay around $150 to $200 for an ATA type case for it.

Here is an example for a Heath/Allen 420. http://cgi.ebay.com/ATA-CASE-ALLEN-HEATH-ZED-420-ZED-420-ZED420-MIXER-/400127078772?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d296eb174

I have bought from them before myself and there are others on Ebay so shop around... You can contact the companies and ask for a specific one and DO compare the size to your unit that they specify as all the companies do not accept returns...

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There can be any number of reasons for this problem - solve it diagnostically by starting with something that you know is working and work through systematically to the other end.
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  2. Plug microphone into a channel on mixer. Also plug in headphones and turn headphone volume control up.
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