Can I modify a cabinet for my Rega TT
I have now completed renovations of my Edwardian pad and now want somewhere to put my turntable, amp and CD player. The living room has period features and furniture and I don't want my HiFi on full scale view: it's going to be bad enough with the speakers out.
I thought of modifying an old 1920s HMV gramophone cabinet like this one: http://www.gramophones.info/gramhmv163.html and wondered if I'm nuts or whether it can be done. It's a suspended timber floor. No carpet. There are vibrations around when someone walks heavily across the room.
I don't know or understand much about isolation but can appreciate that one thing I need is to try to eliminate vibrations getting back to the turntable. Whatever other nuances are involved in isolation support I haven't a clue. Clearly some form of isolation is required.
I was thinking of starting with some spikes at the bottom of the cabinet itself. But I'm not too sure about where to put the turntable. The old gramophone is long gone but what must have been the original wooden base (under a lift up lid) is still there suspended on battens. I was thinking of leaving the battens and replacing the base with a piece of glass or granite (high mass, less vibration?) perhaps putting a little rubber dampening between the batten and that base. Would this work. I saw something called a sandblaster ( a box filled with sand with a platform "floating" on the sand) and wondered whether this as an intermediate platform with the TT above would give a desired result.
Finally is there likely to be any degradation in sound from having the turntable effectively in wooden box with a lid, albeit, as best as possible, isolated from said box.
I've got an old Rega planar 3 which over the years has had an RB300 tonearm fitted which itself was then given the Origin Live treatment and recently I put in the 24v motor (when the old one started doing really weird things). Elys 2 cartdridge and it all sounds pretty good hooked up, currently, to my AV system in a different room. I've bought a pair of EB1s and am still working out what amp (probably Brio R) and will keep my old Arcam CD72 CD player to upgrade later. Unless anyone's got other ideas, but that's probably for a different thread ....