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  1. #501
    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    Guys and dolls - I've completely rebuilt this thread fixing all the broken picture links from as far back as Webshots photo hosting demise and the more recent Photobucket debacle!

    It's been a labour of love, digging out photos of the projects and products from over 7 years ago for the Webshots pics and a little more recently for the Photobucket ones.

    They are now hosted / posted via Tapatalk and hopefully they are safe for many years to come.
    So no matter which page you jump to from the first Counterweight for Jandl100 back in 2010 or the First Ebony armboards for Marco and MartinT, you will see the original photos with not a broken link insight (well there are a few on quoted posts or customer pics - but I can't fix them ).

    It's taken me back to each and every customer, every project, every design, and virtually every measurement, lathe cut and polish made to craft these things.

    Enjoy!
    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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    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    Latest projects and creations.

    An armpod for a Jelco.
    This one in stealth black to match the deck and its surroundings.

    First the ebony armboard and collar.



    The completed item. This one has extra height adjustment range via the long extending feet.

    I will be making different armboards for the customer in due course to accommodate other arms.



    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. #503
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    Next up a range of projects for a customer in London.

    This armbase had seen some wear with the arm pillar retaining screw thread stripped.
    The original solution was not ideal.

    I made a new slightly bigger thread for a grub screw, a second one to beef it up and a third grub screw to properly retain the outer collar.

    Should be good for years to come now.





    Next a Counterweight sleeve to fit over the original and increase the mass by 118g





    Lastly, a rework of the recent armboard I made.
    The tail turned out to be too long. I shortened it to fit. No charge.
    The customer had tried to enlarge the SME slot to take a different armbase.
    I refurbed it to improve the looks and function with a slight slot for adjustment

    Restored



    With larger slot. The SME armbase will still fit of course and cover the hole nicely.

    Last edited by speedy.steve; 22-11-2017 at 18:22.
    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. #504
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    A small Counterweight increaser.
    For a Fidelity Research FR24.
    Off to Germany for this one.





    I must clean my workshop scales

    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. #505
    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    This African blackwood armboard is now residing in Australia. See pics on deck.
    This was supplied complete with the Ammonite audio uprated armbase.









    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. #506
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    This one is a 15mm thick disc armboard in ebony for a Nakamichi Turntable and Alphason HR-100 MCS arm.
    The customer supplied a template, shown overlaying the actual armboard.
    The last shot is of it all mounted up on the customer deck.





    Last edited by speedy.steve; 02-01-2018 at 13:12.
    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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