We restore, repair and refinish a lot of turntables but ultimately felt that we couldn’t
recommend many of the plinth solutions that were on the market, as they simply didn’t
meet our requirements for finish or sound quality. So we have been working with a
true craftsman so that we can offer plinths tailored exactly to your requirements.
So whether you have a Garrard, Thorens, Technics, Denon or Goldring turntable requiring
a plinth, then we can help.
To give you a taste of what is possible the first plinth produced was for a Lenco
L75 turntable, detailed below;
The brief for this particular plinth was to use multiple layers of 25mm thick Finnish
plywood which we find is an exceptionally good sounding material for plinths. This
relatively high mass layered design helps sink vibration from the large motor very
effectively, and each layer of the plinth was sized to allow the smallest cut outs
possible, reducing dead space inside.
The dimensions were based upon an existing clearcover acrylic dust cover that we
like (we keep a variety of other dust cover sizes available and can also have custom
made designs produced).
The construction techniques used for this design included state of the art Computer
Aided Design, which controls cutting edge CNC machinery for incredibly precise cuts.
However the finishing is something that can only be done by hand by an experienced
craftsman. On this example a gorgeous Birds Eye Maple veneer was wrapped around the
outside. This then received 7 coats of Danish oil (with each coat requiring hand
cutting afterwards) before finally being sealed with 2 coats of beeswax.
The top and bottom of this particular plinth were covered with solid black acrylic,
resulting in a classic (and appropriate, given our name) Art Deco appearance. The
finish touch will be the restored Lenco turntable which is being refinished in a
matching gloss black (pictures to follow).
Above: At the rear there is an integrated IEC socket and chassis mounted phono sockets
and ground connector
The plinths will not be mass produced, they will invariably be made specifically
for you, a truly unique piece of furniture that will look as good in decades as it
does today. As such pricing them will be on an individual basis, but as a guideline
one similar to the design pictured above (which has a fairly involved and luxurious
specification) would be in the region of £630 (excluding lid & turntable).