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Old 17th September 2009, 02:44 AM   #1
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Default Recycling a TT plinth as a tube amp chassis?

It seems to me an old turntable plinth may be readily recyclable to make a "box" for a tube amp.

Let's say we bond a drilled sheet of ss or Al to the top surface, and drill through the plinth to match the tube socket holes, etc.
* You could also recycle the mains power lead. Just leave it in place.

Has anyone done this?

Can anyone suggest a vintage TT (big-selling back then - so there'll be plenty in thrift shops) that has a suitable plinth?

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Old 17th September 2009, 02:49 AM   #2
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KLH 20 works rather well for this purpose.
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* You could also recycle the mains power lead. Just leave it in place.
I like your idea. Thorens TT had nice woodwork if I remember correctly.

I've have yet to see a TT with a three pronged grounded cord though, and I consider that a must for an amp.
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I like your idea. Thorens TT had nice woodwork if I remember correctly.

I've have yet to see a TT with a three pronged grounded cord though, and I consider that a must for an amp.

Given what decent looking TT are selling for on eBay these days you would probably be better off getting a Hammond chassis or Bud Box.

Most Thorens tables with plinths in good enough condition to be worth considering are selling at prices in excess of $100, and there are plenty of people who would be happy to have a decent TT otherwise.
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It seems to me an old turntable plinth may be readily recyclable to make a "box" for a tube amp.

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Has anyone done this?

cheers

Doug
I have on my first DIY tubed headphone amp I finally assembled this spring .
I had to redo the mains though. And also, if you find any descent looking TT the prize is probably to high. But the look and size of a TT wood plint is a good working concept.
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Default Finding a used TT plinth ...

I've been watching fleaBay for a little while and there are some units at suitable prices. If this one doesn't go higher, it may be what I need:

cgi.ebay.com.au/Dual-1200-Turntable-Base-Dust-Cover-Model-CK5-Vintage_W0QQitemZ160364140131QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU _Electronics_Home_Audio_Turntables?hash=item255672 9663&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

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