the record spot
Here's one I made earlier....the hifi's currently sat on a dedicated four shelf support rack, record deck on top, not surprisingly, with each component below. It's a good solid table, wooden shelves, but I noticed that the record deck (it's a Rega P3) sounded a bit too warm and woolly when - in a previous flat - it sounded quite open but on a different base. Not sure if they're still doing them, but Tesco had some solid granite kitchen chopping boards for sale recently; I'd been thinking about getting a slab of MDF from a DIY store to put my own isolation platform together, but this was just as good (if not better), perfectly flat, more rigid - it's granite for pete's sake! - and at a penny off a tenner, VFM of the highest order. A set of four castor cups followed from the local Homebase (although any DIY outlet would stock this kind of thing). There's several types to choose from, but I went with some satin silver effect (ooh, nice, lol) non slip types, set of four. Yours for about £4.49, but there's others to choose from from about £2.50, so choose accordingly. I'd been looking for something spiked, but this would do as an alternative. Simply rest the marble platform on the cups, plonk record deck (or other component of your choice) thereon and away you go. I was pleasantly surprised by the improvement - tighter bass, more definition in places. Not completely night and day, but noticeable enough to warrant a thumbs up and a recommendation. Optional extras are glue to hold it all together, or leave as is to try out some different 'feet' over time. OK, it's very DIY, but at less than fifteen quid and roughly an hour of your time, it's a bit of a steal and has to be worth a try. Plus, it'll save you about £1,485 on a Townshend Seismic Sink...