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  1. #131
    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    I recently produced this armboard and fitting kit for a customer in Norway.

    For a nice SL-1210 MKII using the uprated Ammonite Jelco armbase.





    Here's a picture of the armobard and arm all mounted up that the customer sent me



    He also wrote some feedback he was happy for me to share.

    "Hi there!

    Got the armboard and fittings safe and sound in the mail yesterday, a couple of minutes later it was easily installed on my deck.
    All I can say - I am really stunned by your work and craftmanship. So perfect! I really love the look and feel of ebony wood used, excellent polish!
    The immediate sonic upgrade from my aluminium armboard is really a step up in clarity. Bass is firmer, and therefore the soundstage is singing all the way up. Really worthwhile upgrade for my turntable!
    Thank you a lot Steve for a perfect product and perfect service.
    Have posted my best recommendations of your service on the local forums, so hopefully you will have some busy days ahead :-)"
    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  2. #132
    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    Some of my recent projects

    Here's a 195g counterweight for a very nice Origin Live modded arm.
    This one was sent to New Zealand.





    This one is a lacquered aluminium armboard for a Voyd Valdi deck and SME arm. Threaded steel inserts for the SME blind mounting nuts.





    I received this feedback

    "Morning Steve,

    Thanks for creating the armboard for me, its a lovely thing ☺

    Should I need anything crafted in the future I shall let you know."


    Next is an arm lift holder assembly in polished Stainless steel for the Audio Technica ATP-12 tonearm. This one for the UK.
    (The tube is just for test purposes)





    Here's another arm lift assembly but this time for the AT-150 II arm. This one was sent to Austin Texas.
    (The tube is just for test purposes)





    Here's an SME fitting armboard in ebony that went to the San Jose USA.



    Here it is fitted to the customers SL1200 deck




    I received this feedback about the improvement the armboard has made

    "Hi Steve,

    After one week testing and listening I can tell you what a magical combination is your arm board and SME tonearm is. All the irritating artifacts are gone. The music is simply flowing.

    So thanks a lot for your work and all the best."


    A more unusual one this, Small polished aluminium holders for a pair of super tweeters. The design was specified by the customer. They bolt under the existing speaker stands and can be angled to point the tweeters directly at the listening spot.





    I've also got several armboards on the go right now.

    If you would like something for your hifi to improve it or make an new configuration work, I'm happy to discuss.
    Last edited by speedy.steve; 31-08-2016 at 07:16.
    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  3. #133
    Join Date: Mar 2009

    Location: The New Forest

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    Here's a nice little project. A turned aluminium arm base. As per the original it has the Linn three hole fitting and 2, 120 deg opposed grub screws to securely hold the arm pillar.











    Thanks to Jamie123 for noting it should be 18.5mm, not the 16mm as spec'd by Rexton. I will bore it out
    Last edited by speedy.steve; 13-09-2016 at 19:27.
    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  4. #134
    Join Date: Mar 2009

    Location: The New Forest

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    I'm Steve.

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    Will now be bored out to 18.5mm.
    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  5. #135
    Join Date: Mar 2009

    Location: The New Forest

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    A busy time with lots of armboards

    First off an ebony armboard for the excellent Ammonite armbase upgrade for Jelco arms



    Feedback received so far: "I received the arm board today, and I am very pleased with it. The quality and finish are first class. "


    Next up another Ammonite Jelco armboard but this time in African Blackwood for a SL-1200 Mk5G
    Here are the pics the customer sent me









    Then a Ebony armboard for a SME arm, again for a SL-1210.



    I received this feedback about the armboard,
    "Just wanted to let you know that the armboard arrived last week (Wednesday), and I fitted it over the weekend (the fitting kit worked as planned with the mk5g). It’s a beautiful item, looks great in situ and bears no comparison to its metal predecessor (which was slightly nasty, despite not being cheap).

    Initial listening suggests that my issue with occasionally wayward bass has been addressed (a pleasant and unexpected surprise) and that the sometimes hard edge to the mids and uppers has gone. Never quite sure what to expect when changing components (I so want to hear a difference...!), but the new armboard genuinely appears to have realised a notable improvement.

    Thanks also for the speed of construction and your communications – been a pleasure from start to finish."
    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  6. #136
    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    Made this one for a Groovemaster MKII tonearm. Different arms can be accommodated by means of another collar.






    Here are a couple of Ebony armboards bound for France where they will grace a couple of SL-1210's using the Ammonite uprated armbases.
    These were supplied direct to me from Ammonite and I fitted them for the customer.
    Should sound the business








    Here's a solution to a failed Fidelity Research FR64s tone arm lift. Use a currently available Jelco lift, which is of nice quality. I made an adapter cylinder for the arm owner / customer who is in Singapore. Here it is being tested on my SP-10 / FR64s arm.

    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  7. #137
    Join Date: Mar 2009

    Location: The New Forest

    Posts: 951
    I'm Steve.

    Default SL12x0 African Blackwood armboard for an OL Rega fitting

    This one is bound for New Zealand.
    This one will be mounted from underneath by 3 bolts into brass threaded inserts I made which screw into the African Blackwood.







    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  8. #138
    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    More interesting and varied projects for customers. All bespoke and unique.

    This one for a Thorens TD-125 MKII. It will be returning to me for Jelco armbase fitting once the owner has marked it up.





    Polished brass volume and control knobs



    Copper binding post plates fitted with very nice Vitavox binding posts



    A pair of steel boxes for component shielding, made to customer spec with removable lids and completely weld sealed





    Here's a special SME counterweight that screws into a spider stub, made to specific weight and with a Whitworth threaded bar





    This is a smaller adapter project that enables to heavy weights to work nicely together - IO3 arm and the armboard for a Claro deck.







    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  9. #139
    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    Nice piece of ebony. this one is for a SME V, bound for the USA

    Starts life as block turned round



    Then detail machining top and bottom to get it to fit the plinth / subplinth.



    With cutouts for plinth and subplinth and mounting holes etc. The fitting kit is popped in from above, making removal, for say fitting another arm or armboard, a doddle. All polished up (much rubbing down, and many layers of wax and lots of elbow grease).



    Off to San Francisco - hope to get some on deck pics to share.
    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

  10. #140
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    The Ebony armboard for a Thorens TD125 MKII all finished with a Ammonite uprated Jelco 750D armbase.

    This one will be installed and used in Surrey

    System: Turntable : SP10 MKII slate plinth, Custom Ebony tonearm board, Arm : Fidelity Research FR64s, Cartridge : SPU Royal N. SUT : Lundahl 1:13. Phonostage : Icon Audio, Digital CD spinner, Serious USB->I2S streaming, ADC / DSP XO / Pre / 4 DAC's : WAF Najda, Poweramps : 3 x EL84 SET's, 2 x D class amps on bass channels, Speakers : 5 way front loaded horn system: 2 X Tapped sub 15" LF drivers / 2 X Exponential mid bass 15" drivers / Tractrix 200Hz mid horns with JBL2482's, / Tractrix 550Hz upper wooden horns with factory refurb'd Vitavox S2's / Raal Lazy Ribbons as high frequency tweeters. Wires: good silver or good copper where best suited. DIY RCM.

    Maker of counterweights, tonearm boards, Tannoy GRF style speaker cabinets, horn speakers and more.
    For more information about my creations and products please click below
    http://fosworld.wix.com/magna-audio

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