Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

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Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by kevinrivers » 16 Jul 2014 19:52

Hello!

Does anyone here own one of these stands? I am recently joined the vinyl adventure and am looking for a suitable stand to house my player, records, etc.

Just wanted to get some feedback from owners.

Thanks!

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Re: Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by rewfew » 20 Jul 2014 17:14

If you want to spend the bucks on that stuff, well, their merchandise is long on promise but dubious for me to take any notice. That design is a fairly well used DIY type of construction. Maybe get some nice cutting boards and threaded rod and do it you-r-self.

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Re: Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by JoeE SP9 » 20 Jul 2014 19:07

If you have any DIY skills or desire check out the DIY projects from http://www.tnt-audio.com

I've built and use a dual Flexy rack and a SandBlaster ( TT isolation table). The Sandblaster is sitting on one side of my Flexy. I use spikes from Salamander (archetype racks) to couple my rack to the floor. Salamander Archetype racks are virtually identical to the Flexy except for cost.

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Re: Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by fjdaigle » 22 Jul 2014 04:12

For some unknown reason, MapleShade has been sending me their catalogs for years. I never buy anything from them as a good bit of it looks like wooden cutting boards that you could pick up elsewhere for a fraction of the price. Other products in their catalog just strikes me a hokum. :-s

JMHO, but you could spend your money much more prudently by looking elsewhere.

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Re: Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by jake » 22 Jul 2014 19:12

Poster was asking if anyone had direct experience with the stand.

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Re: Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by JoeE SP9 » 24 Jul 2014 20:04

The only difference between the Mapleshade and a DIY rack is the cost! Having gone the DIY route I felt that qualified me to comment.

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Re: Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by Trius » 14 Aug 2019 23:49

JoeE SP9 wrote:
24 Jul 2014 20:04
The only difference between the Mapleshade and a DIY rack is the cost! Having gone the DIY route I felt that qualified me to comment.
Very old thread, but... have you (or anyone) priced AIR DRIED maple in those sizes/thicknesses? I have. It’s not cheap stuff, nor easily available, especially the thicker pieces.

I am NOT endorsing Mapleshade’s claims for air dried maple versus kiln dried, nor their claims for their isolation feet and cones. However, the cost of their maple stock versus what you can buy at even a speciality supplier of fine woods is a differentiator with regards to costs.

My local hi-fi retailer has one horror story of a customer who ordered a Mapleshade product and was not pleased at all - and IIRC the customer service follow up was “not helpful.”

All that said, I would love to know what is the scientific basis for their claims that air dried maple is the best material for draining resonances, and brass cones are best for achieving decoupling.

Inquiring minds, and all that.

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Re: Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by Trius » 28 Nov 2019 18:17

Sorry for the very late reply - a lot happened that I won’t detail, except it involved a broken femur of a family member.

Thank you for the response, Mike, and for the tips. I am having a plinth made for my TD160 out of a slab of black locust from a tree we had removed several years ago; the slab is big enough there is probably enough for at least two oversized plinths, and I have another slab in the shed. It took me quite a while to find someone to do the work.

Thanks again.

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Re: Mapleshade Samson Turntable Stand

Post by rewfew » 29 Nov 2019 14:19

Hope you send some images when it's done. Real pretty wood grain.

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