I believe I have the original versions of this product, which were then called speaker cradles (bought them a good number of years ago). I pretty much agree with you point for point, and on a suspended floor they are especially effective. I had wondered whether part of the improvement I heard was due to raising the tweeter height a little bit, but after experimenting to take that variable out of the equation I determined that was not the case.
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FolkFreak, the US Distributor for Townshend Products is Dan Meinwald. Here is his website:
I’ve been contemplating the use of the Townshend Speaker Podiums as well for my Marten Bird 2 loudspeakers (Might be switching to Marten Coltrane Tenors soon. If that happens, I might order them for THAT speaker).
Nice turntable! I have one on order. Planning to run a Helius Silver Ruby Tonearm, a Kuzma 4 point and a Schroder Reference on a detached arm pod I had custom made for it.
Thanks Shaizada -- I know Dan and am aware he distributes Townshend but as Ozzy pointed out neither he, nor any of the US sellers, have specific details on the podiums. From others I do know however that the US pricing is basically the same as the UK (although the recent weakness of sterling is another reason to consider buying direct I suppose). As these are all custom builds you are also not going to get them any quicker wherever you buy them. Whatever speakers you use I'm sure they'll work well
Regarding the DiscMaster there are a few things to bear in mind. As this is a suspended design you will need to get springs that work with the mass of your tonearms. The Kuzma is a very heavy arm (2kg) and I'd worry that it will unbalance the turntable -- this would be the one I'd mount on a stand alone pod if I was you. In any case make sure Dan provides you with a good range of springs so that you can get the armboard to level. Finally it's essential that the allen key securing the arm board is tight with the board mounted level, easy to miss, especially as the table comes with really no setup instructions --- ideally having Tim walk you through set up is the way to go.