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  1. #1
    Join Date: Oct 2015

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    I'm Ian.

    Default Toshiba SR-370 project

    After many months of sitting about I've finally started the Toshiba project.
    I got a damaged plinth from Oliver, Bigman80, ages ago and bought an SR-355 from eBay which uses the motor, switches, electrics and hardware as the 370 but only has a chipboard plinth with a heavy metal plate glued to it for extra mass but is nowhere near as good as the 370's plinth.
    The plan is to tidy up the unnecessary holes and fittings on the 370's plinth, give it a really good quality finish, either veneer or a high gloss paint job. I'm still thinking about routing out a recess where the arm mounting is to allow the use of a separate armboard, making swapping arms easier.
    I will post work in progress photos as and when I get my finger out and get on with it.

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    My stuff; Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774 /Ortofon Quintet Black, Cambridge CXC CD transport/Musical Fidelity X DAC/Musical Fidelity X10v3 tube buffer, Musical Fidelity A3, Nakamichi CA-5E pre amp, Acoustic Solutions FM/DAB tuner, Mordaunt Short Signifer, Klotz MC5000/MS audio, NVA LS5

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    Good on ya Ian. Been waiting to see what you do with this. Seems like it's been ages !!
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    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Good project.

    I'd refinish the plinth in two-pack epoxy paint personally, try a bike customiser/painter, they do specialised small area work. They also know where to get bespoke decals, if you want markings copied.

    Not so keen on the idea of routing out the arm mount. The material thickness is not great there. Just about any arm can be mounted via the existing SME cutout anyway.

    It's a great turntable. Dunno why folk keep flogging them. I'd need a very careful comparison with a potential replacement before I'd be convinced to change mine.

    Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Good project.

    I'd refinish the plinth in two-pack epoxy paint personally, try a bike customiser/painter, they do specialised small area work. They also know where to get bespoke decals, if you want markings copied.

    Not so keen on the idea of routing out the arm mount. The material thickness is not great there. Just about any arm can be mounted via the existing SME cutout anyway.

    It's a great turntable. Dunno why folk keep flogging them. I'd need a very careful comparison with a potential replacement before I'd be convinced to change mine.

    Best of luck!
    Truth is Geoff, if I'd understood more about isolation when I owned mine, I'd have probably got much better result than the TT had any right to return. In fact.....if I were considering a DD TT, I'd buy the one in the classifieds.

    There are a couple of factors with the Toshy that need addressing though. The platter rings like a bell so I'd probably damp that a bit and the feet aren't the best. Getting some good isolation or damping would really bring things up a level.

    Once this had been done, I believe it's going to cost much much more to beat it.

    All stuff I've learned after getting the SP10.

    If I had the spare cash, I'd by my old one back and try the mods.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Good project.

    I'd refinish the plinth in two-pack epoxy paint personally, try a bike customiser/painter, they do specialised small area work. They also know where to get bespoke decals, if you want markings copied.

    Not so keen on the idea of routing out the arm mount. The material thickness is not great there. Just about any arm can be mounted via the existing SME cutout anyway.

    It's a great turntable. Dunno why folk keep flogging them. I'd need a very careful comparison with a potential replacement before I'd be convinced to change mine.

    Best of luck!
    The armboard business was a thought but I'm not sure about getting it right anyway so probably won't do it. I rather fancy ebony veneer with gloss black trim but that's a way off yet. There's also a company that does dipping fairly local so who knows what will happen lol.
    My stuff; Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774 /Ortofon Quintet Black, Cambridge CXC CD transport/Musical Fidelity X DAC/Musical Fidelity X10v3 tube buffer, Musical Fidelity A3, Nakamichi CA-5E pre amp, Acoustic Solutions FM/DAB tuner, Mordaunt Short Signifer, Klotz MC5000/MS audio, NVA LS5

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    ive often thought when people say the platter rings like a bell how this affects normal operation?
    unless of coarse your still flicking it with your fingers whilst listen,the truth is they do but try it with the rubber mat on and they are as dull as ditch water. discuss
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Zeta tonearms,Denon 103SA Cartridge's,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    I find a thick rubber mat works just fine on mine.

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    You can make your own decals for pennies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    ive often thought when people say the platter rings like a bell how this affects normal operation?
    unless of coarse your still flicking it with your fingers whilst listen,the truth is they do but try it with the rubber mat on and they are as dull as ditch water. discuss
    I believe it's all to do with resonant frequency.

    The lower the figure, the better. That's why Acrylic platters and acromat have gained popularity. They have very low resonant frequencies.
    Analogue: Technics SP10 MK2 > Phonomac AT-1010 tonearm > Ortofon Kontrapunkt b > Wizard Jfet MC Valve Phonostage (Telefunken Valves)
    Digital: Firebottle modded Xiang Sheng DAC (Telefunken Valve)
    Amplification: Slagle AVC Passive Preamp & Firebottle Monoblocks (Telefunken Valves)
    Cables: Fisual S-Flex Speaker Cable & SPOTFIRE IC Cables Throughout
    Speakers: Pioneer CS-77A

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    ah that explains why my rock 2's platter is paster of paris with a plastic coating over it.
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers ,Pioneer PLC-590 turntable,Pioneer PA-5000,Alphason HR-100S-MCS,Zeta tonearms,Denon 103SA Cartridge's,Denon HA-500 Head Amp, John Wood KT88 Valve Amp,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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