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  1. #51
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    Gulp. I've been known to spend silly money on accessories but 159 for 4 small wooden cones is daft. I'm sure African Blackwood or another wood would work equally as well and craftsman Steve at Magna Audio could turn them for less than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farflungstar View Post
    Gulp. I've been known to spend silly money on accessories but €159 for 4 small wooden cones is daft. I'm sure African Blackwood or another wood would work equally as well and craftsman Steve at Magna Audio could turn them for less than that.

    Adey

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    Yep, Daft money (even if it is a nice product) and that did cross my mind as I've had dealings with Steve before, ebony armboard etc.

  3. #53
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    It does me good to hear from people who like to experiment with low cost solutions before dropping big money on a problem! I've been on other forums that ostracized me for even suggesting the use of a home made isolation device! On the same forum they were discussing getting perfect alignment on their cartridges, so I added that I had made my own templates and had great success, and got completely snubbed. They were going on about some $300 alignment tools, I guess if you're rich there's no need to make your own anything?

    But I did read about some Myrtle wood blocks, so I made my own from some oak I had in the shop. They looked better than the store bought units, and were OK I guess. Honest I didn't hear any revelations but they didn't hurt either. I felt a lot better than if I had spent $80 on their blocks. I've also used some rubber biscuits made for roof top air conditioners as feet for a preamp. In fact I got many compliments on them! But how much good they actually did for the sound? I thought it may be slightly better, but again, it wasn't anything amazing. I've also tried store bought remedies such as sorbathane orbs and sandwiched rubber and MDF, and my home made remedies worked every bit as well.

    Even if you want to go with some expensive panzerwood cones, there's no harm in experimenting with some wooden blocks you made in the shop first, to see if you're moving in the right direction. IMHO


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    To be honest the best isolation for my Vida has turned out to be those commonplace 2mm thick stiffened felt discs used for under furniture. They almost completely isolate the unit as the weave is very stiff but not dense. Saying that the feet that come with the Vida are pretty good so adding the disks ( conveniently the exact same footprint) was easy and cheap.

    The feet on my Cary's are enormous soft rubber, 6 each monoblock. They absolutely kill vibration dead.

    The feet on my Turntable cost me a packet (they retail for around 350) huge brass and steel adjustable spikes, that I bought from a member. They're fantastic. The investment for the turntable was, in my view, worth it.

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  6. #56
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    Must admit I was mighty impressed when I visited Grants place-he had isolation feet that floated his turntable on the magnetic field between two magnets on each corner. Real Hifi support porn!!!

  7. #57
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    I use a variant of these under everything:

    http://www.cd-str5.com/eng/cd-str5.htm



    I find they make a real difference. I "heard" them at the Manchester Show years ago under Michell Alecto amps with John himself in attendance along with Graham Fowler in their demo room. We were all surprised to hear a noticeable improvement.

    (I wish I could resize the picture !)

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    They look interesting but no prices on the charmingly antique website so I guess they are expensive?
    Martin



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  9. #59
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    Hmm, the website is a bit clunky, isn't it, with several pages that don't open including the online shop! I paid around 60 per set of four.

  10. #60
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    That's not too pricey.
    Martin



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