What do you find objectionable about the cork mat? It provides a non abrasive, non-skid surface.
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Stew/All, Done some more thinking about this, and also had some sensible suggestions privately from a person more knowledgeable than I, and have come to the conclusion, that a Matless Platter, no matter what the Platter is made of would more than likely be a very unwise choice.
All it would take, is one LP to slip while being vacuumed, and the Platter remains spinning underneath, well this can't be good for the LP. And of course it won't happen with a $2 thrift find, but a treasured $40 LP. So, I conclude my crazy brain farts would not be a very good idea, and I want to note this here, and now before I go further.
My ultimate goal though, is finding a material which will be easier to detect dust, and dirt, and easier to clean-keep clean. This I feel is the one disadvantage of the Cork Mat.
What I'll need to do more research on, is to find out what type of self adhesive backed Rubber Sheeting would be a better choice, and I've considered that Chemical Resistance, the material's Shore-Durometer Hardness, and its resistance to attracting dust will all be important considerations.
I can just visualize that a material such as the Sorbothane Sheet used on something like the Audioquest Platter Mat would be a very poor choice, as it is virtually akin to a sheet of flypaper, attracting everything that lands on it, and would be impossible to keep pristine clean. Mark