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Old 17th April 2012, 06:34 AM   #1
JesseG is offline JesseG  Canada
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Default A new DIY turntable

This started as a 50's McCurdy broadcast table. The bearing, platter, motor and speed selector and the original rubber suspension posts were kept. Everything else except the tonearms was made from scratch.

The sub-plinth and motor plate are 1/2" (13mm) aluminum, the acrylic main plinth is 1" (26mm). The table legs are laminated from Douglas fir and Yellow cedar. The trim wood around the plinth is clear grain Douglas fir.

You can see the blue LEDs inset into the trim frame, illuminating the main plinth. It looks really cool in a darkened room.

This masterpiece took Joe (a retired aircraft mechanic) about 3 years to build. Joe is not a big fan of computers, so I asked his permission to present it here on his behalf.
I just did not want you guys to miss it!
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Old 17th April 2012, 07:12 AM   #2
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Sweet !!!!
I always wanted to DIY a turntable !!!

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Old 17th April 2012, 07:15 AM   #3
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Very nice indeed JesseG. My best wishes and compliments to Joe... We should all have one of him in our sheds.

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Old 17th April 2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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Very nice, indeed.
What cartridges does he use?
What is his opinion of the relative merits of his LT tonearm vs. the pivoted one?
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Old 17th April 2012, 07:22 PM   #5
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Wonderful !!!. But in the first photo, there is a drum under the table, and it intrigue me. What is it?
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Old 17th April 2012, 07:28 PM   #6
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That looks truly superb, lovely craftsmanship, a thing of beauty.
I only spent a few spare hours on my Garrard plinth so I wont give you any comparison images!

How is it with MP3's?
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Old 17th April 2012, 07:30 PM   #7
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Wonderful !!!. But in the first photo, there is a drum under the table, and it intrigue me. What is it?
This is for the parallel tracking air tonearm.
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Old 17th April 2012, 07:31 PM   #8
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Smoothing tank for the air supply?

Looks like a Graham arm and an ET II? I'd be interested in hearing what he thinks of the two arms/strengths of each?

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Old 25th April 2012, 11:10 PM   #9
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Wonderful !!!. But in the first photo, there is a drum under the table, and it intrigue me. What is it?
Woodturner-fran is absolutely correct - the 'drum' is an air tank (salvaged from some bit of hospital gear) for the air bearing tonearm.

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What cartridges does he use?
What is his opinion of the relative merits of his LT tonearm vs. the pivoted one?
The air-bearing carries a Talisman EP10 (vintage MC, very light - 4Gm) and the Premium carries a DL-103.
Both arms sound very good, but the air-bearing is more fluid and musical, with a much cleaner top end.

Joe will be glad everyone likes it.
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