Making a world class turntable wall mount out of the Apollo WT1.
I have three dogs that get excited and jump off the couch when people walk by the house- which makes records skip; I needed a solution and have read about people having good results with wall mounts. I didn’t want to spend over $600.00 on a good one with a wood platform, so I called my good friends at the Needle Doctor. Kenny offered me a discount on an Apollo WT1 so I jumped on it.
The stock Apollo WT1 comes in silver with a glass platform, the frame is hollow steel and rings like a bell! Glass is not known for its anti-vibration properties either.
This is how I made it better:
1. Filled the frame with “Good Stuff” foam (Note: do this before you repaint as it makes a mess- I found out the hard way)
2. Diluted rubberized tar undercoating with turpentine and poured it into the back of the frame by blocking it with tape on the very back side
3. Painted the frame hammered brown
4. Built a platform out of wood. The one I am using is oak and hickory.
5. Used rubber washers to mount the frame to the mounting plack
6. Put green felt on the back to buffer the frame from the mounting plack
I wanted the shelf closer than the wall studs would allow so I built a mounting plack out of walnut. The set up allows me to march in front of the TT with no skipping, a boogey man can come to the front door and the dogs can’t make it skip either!
I have a perfect maple platform that is cut to the exact size for this wall mount available: PM me if you are interested in building the same thing. A turntable guru told me maple is the best at anti-vibration; however the oak/hickory platform matches my decor better.
Here is the back with the felt
Here is what it looks like without the TT
Here it is with the AR XA on it:
This is the maple platform: