Speaking of which, I’ve seen clear shaft pots and encoders. Taiwan Alpha series RV09 can be had with clear shafts, place a SMD LED under the pot for the ultimate pimp factor. D-shaft, T-18 and 40 teeth is available. Wonder if anybody stocks these or if we should gang up? Mouser only have their 14mm clear shaft pots, plus illuminated slide pots as far as I could quickly see.
Alpha Products Inc (USA) has 12mm D-shaft pots with integrated LEDs (3RP/120LN) and 12mm encoders with both D-shaft and knurled w/ integrated LEDs (3EN/122LN-D/K single LED /LS-D/K dual LED).
Bourns has the PEL12-series 12mm encoders with 1,2 or 3 LED colors… Most are found at Digi-key, some at Mouser.
At least I know how I could pimp out my own control panels Now, add some LED rings and OLEDs and we’re good to go.