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  1. #451
    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.







    Last edited by speedy.steve; 24-11-2016 at 10:19.
    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. #452
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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

  3. #453
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    Default Ebony armboard for a Thorens TD125 MKII all finished with a Ammonite uprated Jelc

    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

  4. #454
    Join Date: Mar 2009

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    Default Here is the solid Ebony armboard with Jelco 750D mounted on the deck

    I got this nice shot back from the customer.

    Looks good! I bet it sounds good too!

    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. #455
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    thats about the same size as mine,being solid are you concerned with movement?
    second thoughts scrub that,its fixed strategic well to cope
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers,Pioneer PLC-1700, direct drive turntable, Townsend Elite rock 2 turntable,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS tonearm,Ortofon 2M BLACK cartridge ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    thats about the same size as mine,being solid are you concerned with movement?
    second thoughts scrub that,its fixed strategic well to cope
    Were you thinking of the arm or the board. Can't see movement being an issue, as you say it's well fixed and a really solid piece of well seasoned ebony.
    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. #457
    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    yes sorry i meant the board,mines 22mm and starting to smile,lol ive put o-rings under it to give me some chance of it sitting flat but as you know when wood wants to move it bloody will!
    My System/ Yamaha NS1000M speakers,Pioneer PLC-1700, direct drive turntable, Townsend Elite rock 2 turntable,,Alphason HR-100S-MCS tonearm,Ortofon 2M BLACK cartridge ,Sony 700ES Amp,Sony X555ES CD Player, Nakamichi ca5 pre amp ,

  8. #458
    Join Date: Mar 2009

    Location: The New Forest

    Posts: 951
    I'm Steve.

    Default Ebony record weight, turntable feet / armboard moutning top hat and 550Hz horns

    Here's some of the latest products

    An ebony record weight / puck that is bound for New Zealand

    During turning



    Finished



    Next up special turntable feet from blocks of ebony for a Verdier Vintage/Heritage Turntable



    Stainless steel inserts for the spiked plinth



    Finished









    Here's a top hat / flange for a turntable under machining



    Lastly a pair of 550Hz horns with Vitavox S2 compression driver fittings.
    Turned from soft Redwood pine - this give the best possible sound.
    These are off to the Ukraine.









    Next up will be more armboards
    Last edited by speedy.steve; 11-01-2017 at 17:33.
    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. #459
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    Ebony armboard for SL-1210 for use with the Jelco Ammonite uprated armbase

    This one is bound for Canada



    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. #460
    Join Date: Mar 2009

    Location: The New Forest

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    I'm Steve.

    Default SL-1210 Armboard for Sumiko MMT arm and extra heavy Counterweight for Rega R200

    Here is an ebony armboard for the SL-1210 and a Sumiko MMT arm



    A 170g nylon insert double grub screw counterweight for the Rega R200 arm







    coming up next a couple of stand alone armpods and copper L-brackets
    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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