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Old 29th September 2010, 04:32 AM   #91
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Old 29th September 2010, 06:53 AM   #92
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LAST EPISODE
Before taking it home, i took careful measurements for a 3 cm thick granite base.
I decided on African red granite with a surface of 70 X 30 cm.
I handpicked the piece to be cut and it was in my hands ready and polished
within the week.
A wooden shelf on the right side of the turntable had to be cut in a semicircle way
so that one motor could fit in-space in my rack is limited!
With a jig that i use for cutting frames for loudspeakers it was an easy job...Done!
I spent a whole afternoon leveling my audio rack to perfection!
The turntable had adjustable feet but i would prefer leaving them in an up-tight position.
Finally everything was ready...
With the help of two friends (that i ordered to take off their rings,watches and buckled belts)
the main body was placed on a MDF board and then to the back seat of a car with me stabilizing it.
Rest of the parts (motors,cups,PS,plexi covers) were packaged separately and placed in the trunk.
I am unlucky enough to live on the second floor with no elevator...
It is a very hard job to lift something so massive for two floors in mid summer.
We were soaking wet when we arrived on my apartment.
I just placed it there and left the final setting for the next morning.
I hardly slept...
It was Sunday morning and after having a cup of coffee, i started the setting up.
It took me an hour to measure the exact places of the chassis and two motors.
The belts rotate so close together that the two motors need absolutely perfect placing
so that they don't rub to each other.
Check of individual speeds:With the front double pot at middle position i dialed the perfect
33 and 45 speeds on each motor just by adjusting the master trimmer on the boards.
Then they both could be tailored with the front double trimmer.Done!
After another check on the leveling of the chassis it was time to set the tonearm right.
First i had to regulate a small rotating weight whithin the major arm weight,
so that the arm is aiming straight down to the center of the earth...
When this was set, with another screw at the side of the arm's base
i set the arms sensors so that they know where the "0" tracking error point is.
With my new headshell loaded with my trusty Van den Hul Condor and my favorite record on the plater
(Elly Ameling sings Bel canto) it was time to rotate the round micro-metric weight
on the face of the arm until it was absolutely parallel to the record.
That is point "0" on the tracking weight.I turned it to a 1.35 grams and double checked it with my digital scale.
Done!
A quick listen through the earphones to dial in the arms "taming" on the back said that things were looking promising...
It was time to close the back after a thorough cleaning and dusting off.
With the soft rubber flange attached, i had a nice,non rattling ,secure fit...Done...
Turned on the system for a thorough listen...
Started from Elly Ameling,to Dire Straits,to Daniel Lanois,to JJ Cale, to ZZtop,to Patricia Barber...
Heaven...

Construction details:Two years planning,prototyping,gathering donor tables and figuring out solutions for my "special needs".
Almost two years actually building this thing, from the moment of ordering the first CNC pieces till the Sunday
that it was in my home playing.
Around 50 trips (that's a lot of gas) to the CNC shop for discussing on CAD files,material selection,metal cutting
and finishing.
Around 900 euro for the three donor tables plus LT-1 tonearm plus Sony headshell(one LT-5V kept untouched)
Around 500 euro for prepping/painting material.
Around 100 euro for the inox screws/washers etc used in every phase of the assembling.
Around 100 euro for silicone sheets in various thicknesses.
A cool 3500 euro for CNC work, metals cost,bushing treatment,platter/subplatter balancing.
Around 200 euro for power/signal cables and termination.
Around 150 euro for Plexiglas covers.
Some hair lost /some went gray...
The table was weighted with the plexi in place and was found 67.5 kilos
The rotating mass (with a 180 gr record playing) is 6.2 kilos
Each motor tower (with motor) was weighted at 13.5 kilos
The PS box is 9.5 kilos.
The granite plate is another 24.5 kilos

Was it worth the cost and personal attention?
Yes!
Would i do it again?
Nope!
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Old 29th September 2010, 08:28 AM   #93
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Old 20th October 2010, 11:13 AM   #94
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Was it worth the cost and personal attention?
Yes!
Would i do it again?
Nope!
Classic feelings after a major project.

Well done.
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Old 20th October 2010, 12:05 PM   #95
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If there is a 'Sticky' for turntable posts which should be archived,this thread has to go there(if it hasn't already).

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Old 20th October 2010, 02:36 PM   #96
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Ditto, though i've downloaded each picture (and Doc LT-5V posted lots of them) i keep visiting this thread for a re-read.
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Old 20th October 2010, 03:49 PM   #97
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I am thinking of doing something similar on a AKAI GX747 reel to reel machine.
Don't you think it would look great next to my LT?
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I am thinking of doing something similar on a AKAI GX747 reel to reel machine.
Don't you think it would look great next to my LT?
I think that would be cool, but I'm wondering if you're not just a glutton for punishment.


However, you've done a superb job on the turntable and I have no doubt that you would approach the Akai in the same intelligent, methodical and comprehensive manner.
I'm sure that I'm not the only person here that would be following your progress if you decide to take on a R2R tapedeck!

Again, great work on the turntable...

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I am thinking of doing something similar on a AKAI GX747 reel to reel machine.
Don't you think it would look great next to my LT?
Go-on.Do it.

When you do it as well as you did the Mitsu,it has to be regarded as a Homage.
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Old 21st October 2010, 06:27 AM   #100
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Thanks for the encouragement!The only thing i'm not short of, is future plans.
A BIG speaker is next, complete with line arrays for ribbon tweeters and planar mids plus two 10" TL loaded woofers.
Active xover and 1000 Watts from five amps (two SS monos,two tube monos,one tube stereo) powering it.
Until Christmas i will have a separate diy space in the attic of my clinic and things will run much more smoothly from then on...
Of course i will post any new projects with the same meticulous manner.
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