When I bought mine, with the intention of using only the metal base, the platform and base came unattached. I then ordered a 3 inch thick maple platform from Timber Nation here on the Gon'. Works quite nicely
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Mine is a solid steel 4 shelf rack . The top is the same steel that the rest of it is. I do think the structure would have to lose some rigidity but I have no idea if it would fall apart.
There was a thread on vibration isolation extolling the virtues of an $8,000 platform which you must constanly adjust. On top of that it is a very ugly contraption in mat black with backward adjustment controls.
No single element in my system cost 8K . I would be very hesistant to spend 2K a problem I can't hear. I like my set up. It took 6 years to figure out what equipment to get. I never once contemplated buying a more acoustic friendly home have thought about some room treatments but never blamed crappy sounding gear was the result of too few room treatments or bought expensive tweaks until I had the right components.
Like RJA I got tired of the knuckle busting and bought 3 inch thick maple boards flat grain BB actually with brass feet that supports my amps which have pointy feet all of wich rests on some old VPI amp stands with pointy feet into little discs .
My TT occupies the top shelf of my rack which rests on a concrete floor. So far I haven't had any vibration related issues . My WAF rig that's another story.