Suggestions for Feet


Awhile back, Tom (TWL) suggested that I try using different feet on the Well Tempered Classic (an unsuspended table) other than the stock foam-over-a-bolt arrangement. The space between the bottom of the deck and the top of the shelf is about 3/4", which will need to be more or less maintained. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks- Jim
jimbo3
You can get sorbothane feet used for instrumentation at Edmunds Optical (related to Edmunds Scientific) for not much $$.
Jim, the Audiopoints that we have do not have a 3/4" model.
The lowest is 1" high.

Not sure what to recommend to you, but I'd stay away from any soft absorbtive types, personally. Dynamics seem to suffer on TT's, when using soft feet. But they are good for keeping the background quiet.

There seems to be a never-ending debate on the issue of musicality and dynamics vs quiet background noise.

Personally, I'd rather hear more of the dynamics and music than having a dead quiet background and a dead musical presentation. Maybe that's just me.

Just IMHO. YMMV.
Try this. You may be amazed:
Go to Home Depot and buy those square or round pure hard rubber cups that you place under furniture table legs. Four will cost you two bucks. Use under your present feet. Sould only raise the table up about a 1/4 inch.

Caution: You may end up spending big bucks ($10 or $12, LOL) becuase you'll want to put them under all of your gear.
I insist that my women have smooth, youthful, and pampered feet. It definitely heightens the listening experience.
Michell Engineering offers a rather shallow cone called "small tenderfeet". They are only about half an inch tall. Copy and paste this for a review.

www.audioreview.com/Michell,Small,Tenderfeet/PRD_117905_1590crx.aspx
I tried a new footer the other day and had very interesting results. The footer is the "GROGGY" coaster from Ikea it appears to be a plate of stainless steel with a micro-thin but quite firm foam underneath. I took two of the coasters and placed them together so that the thin foam was in-between the two steel plates. Kind of like a mini symposium shelf. Then placed the coasters under each foot. The results were very good in my application. Most footers I've tried alter the sound too much - or do nothing at all. These seem to be just right.

Oddly enough, they appear to provide the benefits of direct coupling along with the benefits of decoupling.

I think they cost 6.00 for a set of 6 coasters. You'll need two coasters for each foot.
I'm off to Ikea today!!!
Those IKEA Groggy Coasters is what this hobby is all about!

Something totally unexpected and cheap. And if I don't like the way they sound I'll just use them as they were originally intended.
I don't know if you are into cones, but I found some very nice brass cones that I use on my Music Hall mmf-5 with good results. The only thing is you must cut the mounting screw off of the cone and use double stick tape to mount on the turntable. I found them at www.supercellaudio.com. I was very happy with the price and service.
No, this is not an add!!!
I'm for real!
Jay_w
You might want to consider gettting some Black Diamond Racing carbon fiber pucks to go under your cones. Great isolation especially from micro-vibations.
I'd heed Tom's advice. See if you can find some of the old Mod Squad Tip Toes. They came in very low profile sizes (some as little as 1/2" high and they have worked well for me in several applications. Might be a tough find, though.
TWL wrote, "Not sure what to recommend to you, but I'd stay away from any soft absorbtive types, personally. Dynamics seem to suffer on TT's, when using soft feet. But they are good for keeping the background quiet."

Do you also hear this difference when comparing suspended to unsuspended tables?