I've mentioned in the SRM/Tech thread that I thought their base + shipping was just too much, so I decided to build my own. First thing I thought was that I have 1" mdf sheets laying in my basement, but when I went down I saw an almost square piece of 3/4" mdf that measured 18"x17". Hmmm, sounds almost perfect. I dusted it off, measured the Rega and it turns out to be 17.5"x14, so that mdf is close enough. The piece was square and cleanly cut too. I'm wondering where it came from, but it was in my throwaway pile so it was almost tossed.
Next thing is I had a vague recollection of having some spikes left over from a speaker project from 10 years ago. And sure enough, they were where I remember them. I drilled some holes, screwed in the spike base, then put the spikes in. I also have the little cups for the spikes so they don't ruin the furniture. Half an hour into the build, and I hadn't even left my house nor spent a nickel.
Next thought was I needed some sorbothane, so I checked my shoes, and wouldn't you know it... Nah, that didn't happen. I ordered some domes off of Amazon and they'll be here tomorrow. So now I'm about $10 into this.
I still need to find something heavy to drop the motor on, or maybe cut a ring of sorbothane to hold the motor on the base. Let me check my shoes again.
Anyway I didn't spend nearly as much money as the SRM model, although it certainly won't be as pretty with some dull mdf instead of a polished acrylic job. If this works out OK I can always have a piece of acrylic cut if I want it to look better.
I'll post some pics and my listening impressions when I get a chance.