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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2011, 10:51:17 PM »
Rev, do you take on lost causes?
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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2011, 02:30:13 PM »
I'm happy to answer any questions....if i can.

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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2011, 08:29:54 PM »
A few more pictures of my almost complete turntable.  I still need to do some woodwork and polishing but it's almost done.  I'm at the point of mounting a cart, should do that in the next couple of nights.








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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2011, 09:54:06 PM »
Wow, really nice work! :)  Looks awesome!

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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2011, 04:45:39 PM »
Damned that looks good.  My TT is kinda bland, so I have it near some junk to add interest.  Yours can stand on it's on.

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« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2011, 08:21:28 PM »
Finished.  Tracks amazingly, but a little too much spring.  Would be better on a flat, non-suspended board but oh well.  You learn. 







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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #21 on: November 09, 2011, 08:29:40 PM »
Looks great - you need to bring it to a meeting for auditioning... 

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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #22 on: November 09, 2011, 09:03:20 PM »
More pics.







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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2011, 10:59:43 PM »
Looks great!

How does it sound!  The whole floaty ball thing has me curious and mystified.  What do you believe are the best attributes of the floaty ball?
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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2011, 12:36:18 AM »
That is kick ass.
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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2011, 03:44:15 AM »
Excellent work Rev!!  Looks awesome!!   :o

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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2011, 09:17:37 AM »
Thanks everyone.  I will bring it to the shop sometime in the near future.  I think the best attribute of the floating tonearm is that it cuts down tremendously on the friction you can have with a regular tonearm.  A regular pivot arm is going to have restrictions from the pivot point.  A linear tonearm is still going to have limits because you still do not have a full range of movement.  This floating ball allows it to move effortlessly.  I think well tempered might have goofed when using a golf ball.  It works, but has a lot more weight to it then a ping pong ball would.  I think having only the weight on the head and the tone arm weight on the opposite end works better.  I wasn't sure if I was going to have to add weight to the ball, I had planned for it if needed but it turns I didn't.  I found a lubricant fluid that works very well for the ball to sit in as well.  I tried several things but I think I found the right one.

This turntable is a model.  I built it by mostly working with one piece at a time, a lot of superglue and trial and error.  I'm not particularly happy with the appearance but I know what works and what doesn't now.  I think I have this tonearm figured out and can make it 10x better.  I'm already in the process of making a second that will be aesthetically better.  I found something that I really enjoy doing and have the thought of making more in the future and selling them.  Or if someone wants it added to their existing TT I can do that as well.  Just a thought.

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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2011, 09:55:10 AM »
Looks great! especially for a prototype! How's the sound?
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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2011, 12:02:28 PM »
It sounds very good but I've only listened to it for about an hour so far.  One mistake I found right away was with the Thorens, it is a suspended plateform so the tonearm board moves with the platter.  This type of tonearm needs to be on a non-suspended table or mounted on a flat/non-moving surface.  It's overkill and makes it more susceptible to vibration.

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Re: Another turntable project
« Reply #29 on: November 10, 2011, 08:22:40 PM »
That's crazy Rev...I LOVE IT!!!!!  ;)
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