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Old 26th May 2009, 03:05 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, I've done a good bit of reading on the boards, but this is my first post. Just to introduce myself - I'm a soon-to-be first year law student from Atlanta. I spend the majority of my free time fishing and golfing, but lately I've fixated on audio to keep me happy on rainy days. I have a cheapo sony turntable, 80's JVC amp (hand me down from dad), and some decent klipsch computer speakers right now.

I enjoy woodworking, so I thought my first diy project could be a turntable. The altmann design I've seen looks pretty cool, but I was thinking of taking it up a notch, and drilling the platter and plinth to fill with lead shot. I'm also planning to wrap the plywood body with a nicer looking mahogany.

I'm pretty excited about my first audio project, but I have no idea how to go about getting a motor. I've seen the floppy drive conversion that looks pretty cool. Has anyone tried it? Is there somewhere I can salvage a motor and controller that might be better/easier on someone like me?

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Old 26th May 2009, 04:05 AM   #2
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Hi Sean,

Welcome to the world of turntables. I too are on the same path.

The altmann design is a good point to start with. What I would suggest is the following:
1. Layered plinth
2. Acrylic/Wooden platter
3. Premotec motor.
4. Silk drive - You can go for surgical suture.
5. External motor supply

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Old 26th May 2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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This one is nicely done imo, I'm currently also looking into a DIY turntable.
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Old 27th May 2009, 02:37 AM   #4
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I searched around the net for a while, and can't seem to find anywhere to buy a Promotec motor. Can anyone recommend a good vender?

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Old 27th May 2009, 03:42 AM   #5
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Hi Sean,

Try this link from the company site: http://www.mclennan.co.uk/contactus.html Alternatively, you can use a floppy drive motor for the same purpose. Search this forum for details.

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Old 29th May 2009, 05:13 AM   #6
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Hi Sean,

You can get the motor from http://www.rs-components.com/ and http://www.farnell.com/

You can also try out the motor from: http://www.mechtex.com/

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Old 12th June 2009, 02:06 PM   #7
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mclennan are the UK suppliers of Premotec motors, and supply to Farnell / RS.

Their website has a page with turntable motors -
here - or their search facility will turn up some useful stuff as well.
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Old 18th June 2009, 04:13 AM   #8
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I've seen old reel to reel motors utilized for tt motors.
Or, just score an old empire and get both a motor and a platter...
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