Salamander racks?

Hello, I am interested for a two shelf audiophile equipments rack. I am mainly looking for something to provide dampening and vibration control at an affordable price. My dealer reccommended the salamander 2.0 archetpe, he said this is an audiophile rack and costs 160. I would like for this rack to cost as little as possible and offer high performance with looks being a lesser priority. What can you reccomend as far as component racks go?
I like the Salamander racks for storage/display but they do not have any vibration control or damping features.
I own an archetype 5 shelf unit and they do look good they are not too big but they are not the most solid units. I have tightened the nuts on these things and you still get some sway. It needs some cross bracing to be really solid. That said I have tuner, phono stage, cdp, and turntable on it and it works well. the turntable is isolated with 3 silicon balls and 1 1/4 inch slab of granite, the cdp with 4 vibrapods and another slab of granite. I dont think im getting too much noise via the TT.

i got mine used here for $80 so not a big problem for me.
What racks provide good performance?
I agree with Swampwalker. The Salamander racks are utilitarian, and they look fairly good, but from a audiophile vibration control perspective, they offer very little benefit.

I own a Salamander Synergy cabinet, and I tweaked it with a couple of custom sized Neuance shelves, and I put 1/8" sorbothane between all the shelves and shelf supports.

These two tweaks go a long way to minimizing vibration. However, the Neuance shelves are no longer made.

Perhaps replacing the stock shelves with maple shelves would help, but it'd break your budget.

Another really inexpensive tweak I use under my preamp and power supply are Sanford ArtGum erasers. About $2.50 for three.
Are there any other manufacturers that make quality racks under 200, even if they are not as visually pleasing as the salamanders?
I recvd an AudioAdvisor catalog today. They are offering a three shelf Sanus stand for $179. I have no experience with the Sanus stands but they are in your price range.
Not sure what kind of vibration dampening $200 will buy. I built my own Archetype style rack with Slate shelves. It's very heavy, solid, doesn't wobble and cost less than $200.
Not too expensive, not too cheap. They work great!
Well from your feedback it seems that on a college budget I cant realy afford a rack with built in dampening. So I decided to call my dealer and order the archetype 2.0 in cherry and he gave me 15 percent of because I am a "valuable customer". I figure for much less than it would cost to buy a rack with dampening features I can isolate my equipment with things as simple as the erasers mentioned above by TVAD. I am sure this approach will yield a better cost/performance ratio. Thanks to all for your help.
Those racks all seem to run over 500, way out of my price range.
I got a 5 and a 4 shelf shelf unit for $200 and it holds my entire system. No matter how much you tighten there is a good sway. Two racks for $200, cant beat that. I got the mega spikes for $30 used, I guess it helps, I have two pieces of plywood isolated by ceramic discs and it definitly defeats the Vibrations. I replaced all the rubber washers with leather and I cant tell the difference. They do nothing for Dampening and not worth modifying the wood because the rack itself is crappy. If your in a rush to set your components buy it, buying it used would be wise at MSRP I'd keep my system on bricks. Michael Green Just-a-rack is nice and Mapleshade is nice, but they are very expensive.
You can buy 1/8" sorbothane sheets (they call it ultra soft polyurethane) from for $5. Placing a small piece between your shelves and each metal shelf support will help...and it's inexpensive.

I'd suggest 50 durometer.
How can one decide what durometer is proper?
IMO, anything softer than 50 is too soft for the job.

The Solid Steel is affordable as there are two versions available. This is A'gon...remember?

P.S. If you drink, cut back and you'll have the rack that you want in no time.
You mean instead of 6-pack a day, cut it down to one bottle of
cheap vodka?
Hahaha, I am eighteen so thankfully I dont have a drinking problem yet. lol
Having had both I can tell you that the Solid Steel racks are FAR better racks and mandatory if you are going to put a turntable on top. The Salamander not only isn't steady, it cannot be made steady with additional LARGE washers top and bottom of each shelf. Hopeless for a turntable.
Solid Steel plus Symposium Sveltes would work well.