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Tom P - Is it someday yet ??

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by McIntosh, Mar 20, 2002.

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  1. McIntosh

    McIntosh Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Seattle
    you mentioned in your post about your system that, Quote "I can tell anyone how to build a great turntable stand for cheap, and someday I will"

    is it someday yet ? I am in real need of a good stand.......
     
  2. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    Location:
    Toronto
    Me too!

    I'm thinking about building one of those TNT racks. It'll probably be better than what I have. But if Tom as a proven recipe....

    G
     
  3. Brian D.

    Brian D. New Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I believe there is “Pillows” in the T.P. turntable stand, but it is up to TP to explain his set up.
    For myself, I use a Lead Balloon Turntable stand that I modified. A
    3 legged Steel tube stand with 3 sharpened adjustable steel studs in the bottom. Filled with #7 lead birdshot. On top of the legs three more sharpened to a point steel studs. A triangle plate on top with two 2-inch thick 20 lb lead bars on top of that. Then a 24 inch square 2-inch thick slab of polished Granite. Finally 4 adjustable soft rubber isolation feet, on top an air pumped turntable bladder. On all of this rests my Tweaked to the Max Lynn Turntable. BTW this set up is in a Walk-in Closet that is in the room adjacent to the listening room, for further isolation. This works for me.
    :)
     
  4. Angel

    Angel New Member

    Location:
    Hollywood, Ca.
    Brian,

    Can you post a picture of your setup for us?
     
  5. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
    I recall TP saying in his post that he uses a standard bed pillow.;)
     
  6. Brian D.

    Brian D. New Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Angel,

    Out of the closet.

    Custom Stand.

    Lynn Sondek, with Lingo drive, and EVERY mod.

    Custom 40lb Ebony wood base.

    Gharam 1.5 tonearm with ceramic arm tube, and titanium side weights.

    Benz ruby cartridge.

    Solid Silver arm cables.

    Other stuff in the closet:

    I have a fetish for Fm Tuners. I have 23 of them. Here's 2 Marantz 10b tuners. Both restored by Bob Hovland.

    http://www.surefireammo.com/10b.JPG

    I collect tape recorders also. This is a 2 track 15ips Tube Ampex, restored. Anybody need one? I have six.

    http://www.surefireammo.com/tapeplayer.JPG
     

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  7. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    You need more Marantz 10B's, Mr. Surefire!

    ;)
     
  8. Brian D.

    Brian D. New Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Steve,

    I know you won't part with yours. I could never catch up with you.
    You have the BEST TOYS!!

    Wait till you see the OLD RADIOS. Geez Louise. Can I store some at your place?
     
  9. FabFourFan

    FabFourFan Forum Resident

    Location:
    Philadelphia
    All right, I think I'll just kill myself now.

    Another close-and-play related death.

    :)
     
  10. Metralla

    Metralla Joined Jan 13, 2002

    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    Brian,

    Very nice. You don't often see the Graham arm on a Linn - what would the flat-earther's think. Isn't there an upgrade now to the Graham?

    Is that a Ringmat? Do you normally have the lid off?

    Regards,
    Metralla
     
  11. Brian D.

    Brian D. New Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Metralla,

    I believe there is a upgrade but I haven't pursued it yet.

    Yes that's the Ringmat. I have over a dozen mats of different compositions, I even had 2 made out of windshield safety glass.
    The Ringmat was the most neutral, imo.

    The lids is always on except when listening.

    I bought my Lynn from Neil Sinclair in the late 70's.

    I had a M & K Rabco on it in the 80's when Liner Arm's were the thing.

    I love the simple stuff Belts & Tubes.

    Regards
    Brian:)
     
  12. Humorem

    Humorem New Member

    Location:
    LOS ANGELES
    Brian, you forgot to mention your Seismic Sink.
    TP
     
  13. Gary

    Gary Nauga Gort! Staff

    Location:
    Toronto
    But you only need one of those in California where the ground gets shaky, right? ;)
     
  14. Humorem

    Humorem New Member

    Location:
    LOS ANGELES
    No no, a special pillow. I just put one ($25) under my Cd player and it was a big improvement over the Aurios ($400).

    TP
     
  15. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
    Humorem,

    And.....where do we get one of these "special pillows". Like, is it only available in certain places or pretty much everywhere and who might they be made by?
     
  16. Humorem

    Humorem New Member

    Location:
    LOS ANGELES
    Magic Pillows!

    You get them from me, for $25. I give them away with the electronics I sell and the inverters because they make everything sound better, so why not? Gives me an unfair advantage, just like I like it!

    If you set any piece of equipment on a hard surface, like a shelf, and I mean ANY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT, you are not hearing it at its best. This no doubt comes as a bit of a shock to readers of this forum, but it is nevertheless true. Vibration control is every bit as important as wire and tubes and good power and all the rest. Without it you have something less than hi-fi, as I define the term.

    I may have my friend Kim post about the day I went ballistic at his house because he had secretly removed all his pillows and Aurios when we were supposed to listen to his system for some testing. It was quite a scene. The sound was just plain awful, and I couldn't understand what had gone wrong, since I more or less set up his system for him.

    I calmed down when he restored them all and the sound got good, superb in fact. Bad sound upsets me. That's why I had to stop going into stereo stores and rooms at the hi-fi shows.

    TP:eek:
     
  17. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
    Humorem,

    So are you saying that they should be used under every component or just TT's? How much weight can they hold?
     
  18. Humorem

    Humorem New Member

    Location:
    LOS ANGELES
    Every component, if that's what works.

    Except TTs, as they need Aurios or something like them to stay level.
    TP
     
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