Goldmund Studio Case Question

I just inherited (and waiting for it to arrive) a Studio that has the oak (I guess) frame. Does anyone remember how the table is connected to the case? I need to paint it black to match the rest of my equipment (our place is small so the look is important to keep family peace). Is it even possible? Does the wood come off and go back on easily? Is it even a necessary part of the turntable?
the base comes off quite easily. Some users run the table nude (without the base). Instead of refinishing the oak base, post an ad to see if someone wants to trade their black piano finish for your oak. Oak was a less common option.