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 Post subject: Is it a Drega or a Rual?
PostPosted: 26 Jun 2012, 21:40 
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Hi Everyone, It is amazing what incompetent tinkerers like myself can do with left over parts and a lot of power tools. This is still an unfinished project. But it is full operational now. Not the best cartridge (OM5E - left over from a P-J DB III) but sound is quite nice, clean, very quiet. The motive power is from a Dual 701 direct drive TT and the arm is a Rega that I replaced on my Sota (with an Origin Live). All the lumber was lying around the shop. A piece of 1 inch MDF, 3/4 inch MDF, 1/4 inch plywood, and a roll of self adhesive cork. The only causality was a router bit. I sort of cooked it on the one piece of MDF (sticky glue apparently). Now the fun part.... finishing the exterior so that it is pretty. BTW routing MDF is extremely messy. There is now sawdust everywhere :D
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PostPosted: 29 Jun 2012, 14:48 
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Some improvement now. BTW it sounds great with a Denon DL110.
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PostPosted: 19 Jul 2012, 20:44 
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Hi Everyone, I still haven't decided on what it is.... but it sure sounds nice. A very quiet background and clean presentation of the audio. I'm still not thrilled about the super glossy black paint and will probably redo it in the future. Perhaps with the artificial stone stuff I have used in the past. It will certainly hide any painting flaws. 8-)

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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2012, 17:18 
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Hi All, I guess it is neither. I now call it a rocket. The base looks like stone and Stoney didn't sound like a TT name. I went through another round of sanding to bare wood and repainting and still wasn't happy. It looked kind of commercial and didn't visually indicate its true character. Everyone has all black shiny TTs. So off to the hardware store and find something new. This time textured "sand" paint and clear gloss topcoat. Looks nice and I am sure there isn't another in town like it. The arm is a Rega and the motor is the assembly from a Dual 701 direct drive. Cartridge right now is an OM30. Nice clean sound, quiet background, overall a worthwhile project. It will house the Benz Micro when my Dynavector returns. The other photo is of my system today, by tomorrow I'll probably change something. Not shown are the other pair of Oddblocks that power the subs. Too much heat concentrated in one spot makes changing disks less pleasant. :hot:
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PostPosted: 21 Jul 2012, 18:17 
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It looks very nice Bruce!

I would give it some sort of contrast by painting the plate / feet on the same colour :)

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PostPosted: 14 Sep 2012, 21:20 
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Hi Everyone, I'm finally happy with the result. It uses the Dual 701 motor, platter and control system, with an Origin Live Alliance arm (a knife edge variation of their other arms) with a Dynavector 10X5. The plinth is two layers laminated at 90 degrees from each other of 4cm planks each of which is composed of laminated 4X8 cm boards. I wanted it rigid and reduced likelihood of warping. The paint is a "sand" type with overcoat of 2 layers of clear lacquer. The arm board is high density particle board. A fun and frustrating project. I lost count of how many times I sanded off the paint and restarted it. Also it was the second plinth as well. I didn't like the fit of the components on the first one. I became real well acquainted with my router, saws, drill press and sander. The whole thing weighs close to 14KG and is mounted on shock absorbing feet. It is not sensitive to much of anything short of an earthquake. The sound is excellent, quiet, detailed and generally just lovely.
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Looks great Bruce.

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Hi, I have renamed it "Speckles" and done a few things to it. I added floor spikes and mounted it on top of a 12 X 12 X 0.5 ceramic floor tile on the new wall mounted shelf. The effect has been a quieter background, and a significantly greater clarity, especially in the low mid range. The photo doesn't show the spikes well but they seem to be the thing that had the most effect. I considered using the metal pads under them, but they appear to work better without them. They do scratch the tile, but at only $3 who cares. Home Depot has scads of them.

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Bruce: they look excellent. Very nice mate. And it is good to see you are using your own power amps (lol).

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Hi Thanks for the kind words, Since some new premium LPs come out on 45 RPM... I reattached that portion of the circuitry in the TT. As for amps, I thought some from Walmart might work (right!). A hazard for designers is that you get over run with them especially prototypes. I no longer know how many are here.

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