Replace the MDF with a Neuance shelf.
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I agree with Drubin and have done exactly what he has recommended with my LP12 and Target shelf. The shelf is very rigid and low mass which results in very little energy being transfered into the record. You will find a very quiet background as a result.
I don't believe that you can do better.
Re:>>>"The Neuance shelves are all custom made: two models depending on component weight, and then the length and width are customized for your rack."<<<
Currently, Neuance platforms are comprised of 4 different constructions of broadly overlapping load handling capacities to cover component weights ranging from 0 up to approx 90 lbs(Neuance A thru D).In addition,I will sometimes adjust these Neuance models to accomodate for unusual, assymetric or severe load requirements with additional laminate reinforcements or heavy duty sidewall torsion members, which would make for a total of 36 different possible custom permutations in the present product range. The specific construction that I will use is largely determined by the the weight and loading requirements of the component.If you have plans for future upgrades or component changes,I can often make adjustments to best accommodate your present and future needs.
The heirarchy of Neuance benefits closely follows the signal path with the greatest gains typically obtained from(in order of magnitude):
1) source components
2) low level components(preamps,phonostages,etc. especially those having internal transformers or tube based circuitry)
3) high level components (ie:amplifiers)
4) components outside the signal path such as outboard psu's and line conditioners
5) passive outboard crossovers