Turntable Plinth (Base) Project #1: Design Concepts

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Blog entry by Ron Stewart posted 01-18-2016 10:17 PM 2098 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the first of two blog entries that expand on my Turntable Plinth project. It describes various concepts I explored.

I bought the maple hardwood for the plinth before I designed the plinth. The maple boards were plain, so I knew I had to use either contrasting tones, grooves, or accents to add visual interest.

It took me well over a year to finalize the design. I explored numerous designs. You can’t beat CAD (I use MicroStation) for this type of iterative design process.

I started by considering horizontal cuts or stripes. I’ve seen similar designs on the web.

I considered vertical segments.

I considered a two-tone variation of the vertical segments.

I considered a V-waist design with an aluminum dowel “belt.” I came very close to building this design.

While trying to decide about the V-waist design, I started thinking about slightly curved or contoured shapes.

The final design combines elements of the V-waist and contoured designs. I’m very pleased with it; it doesn’t look like any other plinth design I’ve seen.

-- Ron Stewart

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 05:09 PM

Way cool. I am going to purchase a new turntable this year. Any recommendations? What cartridge/needle combo are you using and what kind of music do you listen to mostly? Also, what kind of speakers are you driving?

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#2 posted 01-21-2016 01:38 AM

Thanks! I have a Sumiko Pearl cartridge. I bought my table used many years ago, and it included that cartridge. It’s connected to a Creek 4330SE integrated amp, and my speakers are DIY (Ellis Audio 1801). Maybe one day I’ll create a project here for those speakers.

I don’t listen to records very much at all these days, but I like have a turntable for the times I do. I suspect the last albums I played on it were Roxy Music’s Avalon or Til Tuesday’s Voices Carry.

I haven’t shopped for a table in forever, and I don’t claim to be an expert. If I were in the market and wanted to stay on a budget, I’d check out the lower-end tables from Project, Music Hall, or Rega. If I wanted to spend a bit more, or if I wanted by buy American, I’d look at the low end of VPI’s line. (I just read about the VPI Nomad, which includes a phono stage and headphone amp in the table. That could be really useful for people who don’t have an integrated amp/receiver/preamp with a phono stage.)

I recommend poking around and searching the Vinyl Asylum. Keep in mind that the place has “asylum” in its name, but there’s a ton of good, interesting information there.

-- Ron Stewart

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