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 Post Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:01 pm 
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Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time...
I wanted a project or some sorts, not something that was gonna take me a decade, but not a 500 piece jigsaw either. So I figured I'd have a stab at making my own turntable. :?

If anyone has any ideas, suggestions or clue about where to get cool, unique or helpfull little bits or fixings to aid me or add to it in some way please let me know!...


I think I may auction it off for charity, or at least treat this as a test and then make another, learning from any mistakes, then auction that one off. If anyone feels like donating to the cost of parts or anything you can do here...

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As and when this or the 'improved' one is done, anyone who donates will get their names engraved on the back, or side, or something. I will also put you into a draw on my blog at the end of the year to win all the stuff that I get send over the last 12 months.

But anyway here's the mission so far...

The plan/template...
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My initial plans. Plinth dimensions, tone arm, motor rotor hole, platter spindle hole and (possible) feet placements for underside.

The plinth. Solid mahogany cut, glued and clamped.
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Made from reclaimed mahogany. By reclaimed I effectively mean stolen. Parents old window frames to be exact.
Strips cut down, squared off then placed together leaving a gap for the placement of the motor. Then sanded down, glued and clamped.

The plinth. Glued and briefly sanded on the top.
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Left to dry, clamps removed and give a quick sand on top just to get a look at the grain.
I'll update as I go along.

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 Post Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:32 pm 
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Fully sanded, tone arm hold cut and brass platter spindle fitted.
The spindle is taken from a Rega deck. It's threaded but you can't actually screw it in to anything. Instead, put the plinth onto a press drill then tapped it in with a rubber mallet until almost flush.

Tone arm hole cut to accommodate an SME tone arm.
SME have been making arms for decades and were really popular back in the day. They do still make them but they cost a goddamn fortune. Gonna try and rebuild one... :?

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 Post Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:18 pm 
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Looks amazing. Can't wait to see the finale!

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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:42 am 
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Indeed, very nice! I will be watching this thread with great interest. Spare no details mate, however small, I want to know EVERYTHING! :D

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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:48 am 
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Thanks guys!

I will edit the posts above and add some info on the process tonight.
I've done all I can with the plinth at the moment, I'm waiting on some bits I've ordered from various places now.

I'm currently working on rebuilding an SME 3009 tonearm which is costing me a real arm and a leg :( They made about 3 models in the 3009 range, the early one, then this one then one called the improved. Would be great to get the additional bits for the improved version, but at the moment beggars can't be choosers.

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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:27 pm 
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As you can see, I've managed to source the bulk of the tonearm bits. If any one can help, I'm really badly in need of a 3 gram bias/anti skate weight. I can't find one anywhere!! Theres a place in Australia that makes them but they make them in brass so it won't look right
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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:33 pm 
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The platter!

Something a little different. Machine milled aluminium and stainless steel with rubber O rings mounted onto the discs.

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 Post Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:03 pm 
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this is great, stoked on watching this pan out

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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:43 am 
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The on/off switch...


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It's actually an anti vandal switch, but its exactly what I was looking for. It also took a goddamn age to find! Most of these switches 1. Don't latch and 2. are rated to 12v. Had to search eBay but managed to find a latching 250v one. Yay!
Would have liked one with an illuminating ring around it when its on, but they're for 12v only :(

Test holes for its fitting...


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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:42 pm 
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Just picked up some cable for connecting the in the phono outputs to the plug that will go to the bottom of the tone arm.
Some high grade silver cored twin phonos and earth. Good job I only needed a metre because it cost me a bleeding fortune. Also picked up some cable for the switch, silver solder and a grounding terminal to go next to the phono jacks. Not figured out exactly how Im going to sort the earthing from the tonearm to the terminal yet, but will have a think.

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