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Custom Turntable Plinth - Some Woodworking To Go With My Audio

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Project by knotscott posted 11-16-2020 09:42 PM 2749 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out as my favorite uncle’s old Garrard Type A MkII record changer from the mid 60’s. It played, but needed a lot of TLC to ever work correctly. Since it has more moving parts than the space shuttle, I opted to strip it down to the basics, build a custom wood base, add a better Marantz tonearm, and use it as a fully manual single play turntable.

The main part of the base is cherry, and the inner frame is curly maple. I’m using the original Garrard motor and rim drive system, and the original aluminum platter (plus some fancy wire brush marks). I removed the original spring suspension, and added some vibration isolating rubber feet in it’s place. I added the clear acrylic slip mat and a decent hyper elliptical vivid line stylus to make it sing. It should hold it’s own against some pretty decent tables, depending on the cartridge I end up with.





-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-16-2020 11:05 PM

Great project,,,very nice outcome!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BlankMan

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#2 posted 11-16-2020 11:15 PM

Nicely done! Sure beats the plastic base.

I have two old Garrards from the 60’s, one was mine one was my parents. Later on I got myself a Dual 721 which I use to this day. With a Shure V-15 Type III cartridge which I just got a new diamond stylus for last year. :-)

Long live Vinyl!

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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RCCinNC

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#3 posted 11-16-2020 11:18 PM

Ahah! My two favorite hobbies together. Big improvement over the old Garrard…and I’ve dealt with a few of those older automatic tables myself. I’d say the Space shuttle might be a bit less complex…
Looks wonderful! I love the use of the curly maple and cherry together, and I’ll bet the whole project, including modifying the table was a lot of fun. Great complement to your Merlin’s! What are you driving them with?

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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pottz

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#4 posted 11-16-2020 11:23 PM

with the popularity for records on the rise it’s nice you brought that beauty back life looking better than ever.nice work,

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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swirt

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#5 posted 11-17-2020 01:22 AM

Great looking rebuild.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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knotscott

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#6 posted 11-17-2020 02:40 AM



Ahah! My two favorite hobbies together. Big improvement over the old Garrard…and I’ve dealt with a few of those older automatic tables myself. I’d say the Space shuttle might be a bit less complex…
Looks wonderful! I love the use of the curly maple and cherry together, and I’ll bet the whole project, including modifying the table was a lot of fun. Great complement to your Merlin’s! What are you driving them with?

- RCCinNC

Aah…you remember those Merlins! The Merlins are in the basement waiting to become part of a 2nd system, that will likely include my newly refurbished turntable. I’ve got an old Stromberg Carlson tube amp that I rebuilt last spring that should power the whole thing nicely.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 11-17-2020 03:09 AM

Man that is a beauty. NICE!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 11-17-2020 05:16 AM

Pigs ear to a silk purse. Looks like high end audio. That Curly Maple, and Cherry combo is what the Doctor ordered. Nice job.

I remember those changer platters, always messing up. Most just used them as a single player. I had a Pioneer receiver, tuner, and platform. She had a Marantz receiver, tuner and platform. It’s all squirreled away in the basement. I keep saying I’m going to hook it up.

-- Think safe, be safe

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 11-17-2020 07:17 AM

Looks like a great project. Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Peteybadboy

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#10 posted 11-17-2020 10:27 AM

What a great idea!

-- Petey

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knotscott

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#11 posted 11-17-2020 11:54 AM



... I had a Pioneer receiver, tuner, and platform. She had a Marantz receiver, tuner and platform. It s all squirreled away in the basement. I keep saying I m going to hook it up.

- therealSteveN

Do it! Just in time to play some old Christmas records!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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RCCinNC

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#12 posted 11-17-2020 02:13 PM

... I had a Pioneer receiver, tuner, and platform. She had a Marantz receiver, tuner and platform. It s all squirreled away in the basement. I keep saying I m going to hook it up.

- therealSteveN

Do it! Just in time to play some old Christmas records!

- knotscott


“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…Jack Frost nipping at your nose” kind of Christmas songs?
Yeah!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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Ron Stewart

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#13 posted 11-17-2020 04:41 PM

Great restoration job! The wood combination is great, and the platter swirls are a nice touch.

-- Ron Stewart

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therealSteveN

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#14 posted 11-18-2020 05:25 AM

Between her Folks recordings, and Mine we probably have that in Nat, Bing, Andy, and a lot of other singers from the past. Of course all of them are scratch scratch screech, as they play. Seems our Parents didn’t go in for buying new needles, and stuff to keep the platters fresh, plus, a lot of errrrr…. BUMP….. SCREECH went on over the years too. I blame careless consumption of liquor. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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RCCinNC

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#15 posted 11-18-2020 02:11 PM

Well I’m pretty sure how that’s how I came to be, so I’ll forgive them a few scratched records….; )
Not that my collection is in much better shape. Some of my older albums are so worn out they play both sides at the same time…and sad but true, my parents albums are in much better shape than most of mine. I was not particularly mindful of little necessities like dust covers in my youth. The responsible upright man you “see” before you was once a sniveling angst filled record album neglecting teenager. Such is my shame.

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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