I understand your appreciation for your design motif and unfortunately have no suggestions regarding the stand cabinet etc. But would suggest that you to use thick wood slabs of maple as the actual shelf your gear sits on via brass points.
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It would be a shame, especially in view of your mistake 33 years ago, not to isolate the turntable on a proper isolation stand as opposed to a glass and metal stand or rack that, as attractive as it might be, would most likely exacerbate and amplify the unfortunate situation vis a vis the underlying vibration. Going one step further, why not isolate everything’s, including the speakers, on independent stands? Things have changed considerably in 33 years.
One thing that has not changed is the sensitivity that turntables have to extraneous vibration/resonance. Should you choose to go the glass route for your stand, plan to spend $$ on vibration/resonance isolation devices under your TT.
You are setting yourself up for un-necessary headaches with that choice of stand.
Best to you Marcus,
Check out PlyKraft from Core Audio Designs. They are not cheap but they are built for life and provides very effective isolation.
Just pick up the phone and speak to Arnold Marr, you wouldn't feel the need to shop anywhere else.
In the end I went with the PlyKraft 3L stand. So far very happy dealing with this company, Arnold is a joy to work with. With luck my new PlyKraft 3L stand will be delivered next week.
The Gale GS401A speakers arrived this week. Used them for the first time yesterday (McIntosh C50, MC275 MKVI and computer audio front end), they look and sound absolutely stunning. I can't believe these are 40 year old speakers. I can't speak highly enough about the restorer, Dave Smith at Vintage Gale. Dave has truly done an extraordinary job restoring these speakers to better than new.
Wow, could not be happier, assembled the Core Audio Designs PlyKraft 3L equipment stand over the weekend. The product is not only beautifully designed and made, it also reeks of quality. Even the packaging it was shipped in was better than anything I have previously seen, absolutely bombproof. The stand is extremely heavy and very well damped. I doubt very much high SPLs in the listening room will have any effect on the turntable (Michell Engineering GyroDec and SME IV). I will be fitting the tonearm next week, and with a bit of luck the cartridge. In the end I decided to go with a Clearaudio Maestro V2 Ebony MM cartridge.
This project has made me love this hobby all over again, like when I was 16. Need to start thinking about buying some LPs now!