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Old 10th August 2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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Default Suitable turntable for solid wood plinth?

I have been looking into getting a turntable again and particularly interested in a custom project.

I just got hold of large dry slab of chestnut with sone interesting patterns. I have been looking into what turntables I could use to create a solid wood plinth within a very limited budget.

The obvious choice is an old Rega Planner 2 as the design seems simple enough for a solid wood plinth. Then I have discovered a Linn Basik or Revolver may be in my price range. Would these be suitable to upgrade the plinth? Any other turntables that could be possibilities?

It would have to suit a solid wood plinth, be affordable ( ideally 100 or less), easy to still get parts for and good for future upgrades?
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Old 10th August 2015, 07:45 PM   #2
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Hi, How thick is the slab ? rgds, sreten.
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Old 10th August 2015, 09:57 PM   #3
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Its around 8 inches but hope to make 2 plinths. A mate has a Thorens TD150 that is in desperate need of new plinth. He only wants wood round the edge unlike what I would like to do so we will end up 2 very different looking turntables.

Hopefully going to make a jig to split it with chain saw then mill each piece smooth. (car keys on wood as size context)
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As beautiful as wood is, it might wind up with high Q resonances that might contribute to a sound of its own in addition.
You just never know though, at least with MDF you get a consistent deadness you can count on.
With certain solid woods, knots can add stress points in the structure making for a crap shoot on whether it will ring or not.
If I was going for " the look" as a first choice, it might be beneficial to hollow out the underside and fill it with 2 part epoxy and lead shot or similar so you know it will be dead and still maintain the look of wood

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Old 10th August 2015, 11:16 PM   #5
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Lead Shot. Wow was not expecting that. Heh. Thanks for tip. I am up for experimenting in mixing materials with the wood, I have even considered styling this with a concrete band under where tonearm sits.
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I can't claim any real knowledge or experience here, but with that shape and obviously varying density, I wouldn't worry too much about resonance.

What is your goal? If you are trying to make a "perfect" non-resonant plinth, then you are probably starting with the wrong material. If you are wanting to build a bitchin' turntable that looks awesome and is all yours, then you are on the right track!
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Old 11th August 2015, 05:39 AM   #7
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The wood will be trimmed to a practical size and shape. It would be interesting to still have the odd dip wheres theres a burr or some other natural features of the wood.

My Goal is although sound quality is high on the list, looks are probably the most important.

I was thinking something like this but with more interesting wood
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Old 11th August 2015, 06:06 AM   #8
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Lead Shot. Wow was not expecting that. Heh. Thanks for tip. I am up for experimenting in mixing materials with the wood, I have even considered styling this with a concrete band under where tonearm sits.
I'm thinking the "or similar" could be sand (50 lb bag of "play" sand is under $5 or so at Home Depot), and it doesn't have the potential health hazard of lead.

Is there something about lead shot that makes it "better" than sand in such an application?
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Old 12th August 2015, 08:21 PM   #9
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Hi,

FWIW if you can go to 4 or 5 inches thick, on a budget your best
bet is probably an old idler drive Lenco with a homemade long arm.

In my youth I had a Lenco, didn't rate it. However if you ditch the
very poor springs and intimately connect the top plate to a large
solid plinth apparently they are rather good, so say the fans.

The Rega by design has a low mass plinth, you'll make it worse.
The Basik and Revolver are split plinth designs, not suitable.

rgds, sreten.
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Is the wood dry?

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