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I had the pleasure of hanging out with Gus this Monday in San Francisco and I got caught up on the latest events. Sounds like a spectacular event. I don't know if I can make it but I'm going to try real hard to be back here in May. I know Gus and Fok will create a real nice event. I would highly encourage anyone who can to attend.
Interesting idea but it's difficult at best to capture the quality of playback and one's room acoustics.
Agree with everything here except distortion numbers are not always a reliable indicator. That and an "audition" is the best bet.
Huntsman, Glad to help. A friend has just suggested to me that he believes bubinga wood is perhaps ideal as it is so dense so that should handle vibrations better.
A Rega modded with wood veneers:
Also see the bottom of this page for some plinth mods for a SL-1200. http://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/m1200.htm
You could build a cocobolo plinth and sit the table into it like this: http://shop.mapleshadestore.com/Stanton-ST-150-Turntable-with-Stage-1-Mods-and-Ambrosia-Maple-enclosure/productinfo/MOD-STANTONCL1/ Or you can get a Sota table (some used in the House tv series) in cocobolo and other finishes but its a lot of money: http://www.sotaturntables.com/newtables/sapphirejewel.htm
Andre is right here. In fact the new Maggie line is slightly more sensitive to power, in other words easier to drive. You can get a good NAD or Bellari phono stage for $200 so its not a big cost but as with anything else the more you spend, the more you get. I will do some research on custom plinths and see what can be done there. Huntsman, can I assume you have some good woodworking skills?
This is a fave of mine. Sadly the pic does not do the wood quality justice. http://www.vpiindustries.com/table_classic1.htm
Here's a nice wood plinth: http://www.needledoctor.com/Pro-Ject-Xtension-Turntable_2?sc=2&category=45
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