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Old 06-23-2017, 04:33 PM
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Default Turntable Platform Oak vs Maple

Hi all,

Looking to build a sandbox for my VPI-HRX turntable. Which would be better for the platform, oak or maple. FYI, I already have some oak I can use but would rather go with what's best!

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Paul, as in most things audio there is no 'best'. So go with what suits your tastes IMO.

FWIW, I use maple.
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Paul, as in most things audio there is no 'best'. So go with what suits your tastes IMO.

FWIW, I use maple.
Thanks Dave! Maybe I should say preferred instead of best.
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Maple is generally preferred.
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Maple is generally preferred.
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Unless you just want to build a sandbox, I use the 3" Michigan Maple butcher blocks from Dawn's Depot on the auction site. They come in different sizes and run from about $60 to a little over a hundred. Dense and very heavy. Use the same thing under the BHK amp with cones from Adona.
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I was told by a turntable manufacturer that he uses limestone,travertine type stone. He says the highly porous structure breaks up the harmonics. He also sold limestone slabs so he had a interest in this belief. I personally have two slabs 1 inch thick stacked with silicone in between.
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Unless you just want to build a sandbox, I use the 3" Michigan Maple butcher blocks from Dawn's Depot on the auction site. They come in different sizes and run from about $60 to a little over a hundred. Dense and very heavy. Use the same thing under the BHK amp with cones from Adona.
Thanks again Jack. I will definitely check that out.
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I was told by a turntable manufacturer that he uses limestone,travertine type stone. He says the highly porous structure breaks up the harmonics. He also sold limestone slabs so he had a interest in this belief. I personally have two slabs 1 inch thick stacked with silicone in between.
Hmm, I would think that limestone might be in the same category as marble and granite and have some ringing to it. I could be wrong.

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I was told that granite is the opposite due to it's tight grain structure.The air pockets, uneven ,nonlinear grain structure helps lsolate​ resonance. I guess if you have still points then none of this really matters.
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