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Old 17th September 2011, 04:26 PM   #131
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i went to a thrift store and got a cheap POS turntable for $9 just to play with... its nothing im going to keep or play my good records on, but just a toy i can throw away if need be... platter for it isnt even full size and i doubt the platters bearing is useful either

but anyway, i got an idea of building the table from hardwood painted like a red or blue color.. a light maple colored wooden platter, i will route out a cavity for the switches, potentiometer, and electronics to mount into.. however, i will cover it with a white plastic cover made out of the material like a pickguard on a fender strat is... the toggle switch will be that of one used on a stratocaster guitar, as well as the pots and knobs.. also, im thinking of using the output jack deep dish plates to connect the speakers :-D

in all, its going to have many of the design features of a stratocaster guitar.. but still be my phonograph ...

now what would be REALLY cool is if i could design my tonearm to look like a whammy bar
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Old 17th September 2011, 11:51 PM   #132
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Thats a pretty cool idea i think!
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Old 28th September 2011, 05:30 PM   #133
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I thought I should share pics of the turntable I built just to show how simply it can be done. I started with a pioneer belt drive TT I bought off of some guy from craigslist. I just screwed/bolted/glued the relevant parts to a big chunk of oak. I did it in my kitchen. Antiskate/tracking/downforce I'm sure were all horrible. But not having any resonances from a cheap turntable body and tonearm produced really great sound.
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Old 28th September 2011, 05:43 PM   #134
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Old 28th September 2011, 05:57 PM   #135
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I know right! XD plus a hack job will get you listening!

Partial materials list:
Hot glue
Two part epoxy
a lag bolt
wallpaper tape
lots of elmers glue
drywall screws
And a liberal helping of "good enough"

As a matter of fact, I may have been listening to "good enough" by van halen. hmmmmmmm
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