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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:28 pm 
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Custom made by long gone father-in-law, glass from 1940's dinning room door, etched glass
How do I rotate this??


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Here ya go Bill2013.. one auto rotate on the house.. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:34 am 
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The audio sits on a 1" slab of polished slate and 2" maple block on the floor. Simple clean and effective.

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corby wrote:
100 year old pine beams, salvaged from an old barn. dressed to 4"x4". I made up 3 separate frames, each isolated by silicone pucks and the bottom unit has bdr cones. the frames are shelf-less in order to minimize the surface area for absorbing airborne sound waves. I believe the best rack is simply a framed structure, no shelves, built to suit the size of your equipment.
I do have my tables on HRS platforms, which are engineered for vibration absorption. I needed a surface to mount the tables on. the chassis on the rest of the equipment simply straddle the front and back frame. each chassis has it's own isolation footers.
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Don, great minds must think alike,... I hope,... almost,...
My main equip rack is similar from old pine beams, although not as sophisticated as Don's set up.
Small room with 70's theme.


What are the mains speakers/bass modules if you dont mind me asking?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:43 am 
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Just a quick follow up, I'll be getting my new stand later today. Looking good from what I've seen. Now the fun begins.
Moving everthing around.
Added bonus, my new (shorter) speaker cables arrive, Monday or Tuesday. Perfect timing.
I'll post a few pictures once I get things set up.

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Keeping with the best decade-the 70s I was able to find this mid century modern teak entertainment stand. I put a panel of Roxal insulation in front of the plasma when listening to tunes. The amp sits on a modified Target stand with granite or butcher block under sources.


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Flexi shelves.

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Flexi shelves.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:46 pm 
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Well all is NOT perfect. I wanted the middle section open with no door so I could place a cd player there and it would have room so its drawer could open and close easy.
Problem: I explained the above part but didn't give him a measurement. The CD player is !2"W the opening is 11"W.
My fault for not being specific. It's not a disaster but it is annoying. :x

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:58 pm 
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current, much of my stuff is put away but i have a little collection of do it myself amp stands and mass loadable bases and other creations of steel and wood and stone meant to look presentable while isolating separates from turntables to amps. Next I make a block for the dac if I ever get more time I will locate more filed pictures to,

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Flexi shelves.

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Flexi shelves.


I dig the chunky hardware and platform material you went with on yours.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:18 am 
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The introduction of glass works IF done properly. Regrettably the following is not in the low budget price arena

NAIM FRAIM is a top-end design and quality build example, unlike the cheap POS slapped together bulky units at big box stores.

Each level is carefully isolated from the next using a cup-and-cone machined brass points interface. An additional, double-layer base platform provides further isolation from resonance. A toughened glass sub-shelf rests on minimal-contact ball decouplers, providing even more isolation.

I have a bespoke professionally made custom clone. I was the the ultimate skeptic until the dealer actually gave me an A-B demo in my own house with my own gear. I had the bulky (massive?) full-blown MAPLESHADE SAMSON mapleblock / brass footer audio stand arrangement before. Did the latter work? Yes, but the NAIM FRAIM clone design audio stand beat it performance-wise handily in the A-B shootout.. The audio performance improvement was not subtle.... Left me truly impressed.

Visual appearances (a.k.a the WAF) is the final wildcard. The NAIM FRAIM and its cloned brethren meet that "check mark " on top of superior performance.

Your takeaway:

One's choice of audio rack is entirely system dependent in the first part.

The inescapable budget factor is the next issue.

The audio rack visual aesthetics / home WAF usually has a significant last influence piece .... E.g Concrete blocks and whatever massive mass-loading isolation materials DIY cobbled together may somewhat satisfy the hobbyist's budget and preferences but probably fail the WAF veto unless it is banished to some out of the way non-prominent locale in the abode .....Full stop.

FWIW...


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:25 am 
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For more time than I'd like to admit I've been trying to find a suitable stand for my audio equipment. So, what is your gear sitting on?


This is the old stereo stand, $5 at a yard sale...surprisingly sturdy and easy access to wires
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This the HT stand 2" thick real wood from crate furniture, about $500 i believe, the axion vp-180 will fit in the shelf! (this is the older vp-150 in the photo)

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:41 am 
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Having problems with posting pics, but here's a link to what I bought as a stereo stand:

http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60314941/

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I have a laptop and DAC sitting on the top shelf and the tube amp on the bottom shelf. I had to add a piece of mdf that was deeper than the bottom shelf to accommodate the footprint of the tube amp, but otherwise it works great.

Its sturdy without being impossible to move. It looks great set-up -- much better than anything else I've tried. It was much cheaper than most 'stereo stands', and has lots of room for the tube amp to breathe without overheating other components.


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Turntable on a home made sandbox on top of a old 30's radio with cement blocks inside the cabinet for stability on top of a patio block. Speakers on deck blocks, R2R and amp on the record shelves.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:39 am 
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Not everyone is all thumbs gunner DIY need not look cobbled together. A good percentage of DIY Ive seen sometimes heard surpasses boutique store racking systems some people would have to remortgage their home by the time a complete system is put together. Not to say DIY doesnt get expensive because it does. But money goes multiple times further. Cost of the link 99 cents. Cost to have them install the link 99 dollars.

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Custom made by long gone father-in-law, glass from 1940's dinning room door, etched glass
How do I rotate this??


Its quite nice. I found some old doors I estimated they were from the early part of last century but I dint end up using them and regave them away. My granfather made this piece my denon RDS1500 temporarily sat on. Come to think of it I also regave that away to one of my cousins, she did a good job refinishing it. Come to think of it the denon is gone too. I dont keep much I acquire for very long unless I really like it. Otherwise the place becomes cluttered.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:33 am 
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mahatma1 wrote:
Well all is NOT perfect. I wanted the middle section open with no door so I could place a cd player there and it would have room so its drawer could open and close easy.
Problem: I explained the above part but didn't give him a measurement. The CD player is !2"W the opening is 11"W.
My fault for not being specific. It's not a disaster but it is annoying. :x


That is annoying Mahatma. Sounds like you had it custom made.
I hope you make the best of it.

This room on the second floor of my house is probably the most acoustically challenged room I've ever had the displeasure of encountering. All the sloped ceilings. You pay for main floor 11' ceilings in these Victorians!
The bounce in the floor was discernible even when my 4 Lb cat ran through. I ain't lyin'!

The tube amp took the edge off. I barely tickle the sub, a little goes a long way.

The twin double wall shelves addressed the bounce issue. I really wish I had tried these earlier. This by far was the best thing I ever did for my sound. Roksie loves hers!

It's a work in progress, but it's getting there.


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I had a custom stand built as I couldn't find a stand that would suit my needs. a lot of stands offered were towers that didn't have enough depth for larger amps making wires exposed and cheap tubing that would sway with significant weight applied to each shelf, every stand I looked at were priced at 500 min and rising quickly. I found that solid hardwood was the way to go. in southern Ontario there is lots of custom furniture manufactures around that will make you what you want and the price isn't as bad as most would think. highest price I was quoted was 1300. I ended up paying 500 for mine. but I finished mine myself as I have the tools and know how (stained that is).


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