The Blacksmith wrote:I'm wanting to make a base for my turntable. I have 4 vibracones for feet. What is the best wood to use: mdf, plywood, or normal solid hardwood?
abs1 wrote:The Blacksmith wrote:I'm wanting to make a base for my turntable. I have 4 vibracones for feet. What is the best wood to use: mdf, plywood, or normal solid hardwood?
What make and model t.t. are you building this base for?
cats squirrel wrote:both mdf and plywood are very poor for audio use. Hardwood covers hundreds of genera/species, probably thousands, so you need to be specific.
There are hard woods which would work, iron woods (about 30 species) and iron bark come to mind, along with Jarrah and Ipe. Maple would be borderline.
If treated for increased damping, oak, ash and even idigbo and olive wood could be suitable.
You may also consider resinated laminated bamboo, or other laminates.
cats squirrel wrote:you and the rest of the scientific world will have to disagree, then, Al.
Most (if not all) 'custom' plinths are made to look good, not sound good. Ply is poor, and slate (or ANY stone) even worse, it is far too stiff for plinth duty.
The only situation where the 'no good' materials are acceptable is for those who are looking for more excitement (that isn't in the original recording!). In that case, people look for 'enhancement' of the sound. I don't.