First sighting of the Commonwealth at the ETF 2010

Here I am, late with the report on the CE's grand premiere at the ETF 2010. Holger Barske's excellent blog provides a good report and many pictures of the fun filled days in France http://www.holgerbarske.com/allgemein/zuruck-aus-rohrenland/ .Frank took his turntable along (remember, we are making three of these babies!).There's bunches more pics on the web, especially at http://www.holgerbarske.com/etf2010/index.htmlMine is still in its' final production stages, the wood veneer hasn't been applied yet. Then I need to mount an arm, and a cart, make room in my system for…

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Commonwealth Electronics 12D Phenolic Plinth, part 2

Hi All,Frank and I have been working on the plinth some more and hit a few (aesthetic) snags. The waterjet had done a good job, but the thickness of the material made it impossible for the machine to cut 100% straight. On the exit side, a "waviness" of the jet occurred:Which we needed to sand and fill...Orignally, I wanted to keep the sides as natural as possible, only oiling them, so that you can see the "grain" of the phenolic. Unfortunately, after straightening out the sides, the…

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Heavy plinth

So I like heavy plinths. And I like transcription turntables.I had bought a Commonwealth Electornics 12D turntable a long while ago, for an acceptable price. It was sitting here, waiting to be given a proper plinth. I kinda dragged my feet, couldn't decide what kind of plinth I wanted, flipflopping between slate, cement, Delignit, and a bunch of other materials that would give me enough weight for the heavy duty direct drive motor.After seeing the beauty of slate, especially inspired by Jonathan Weiss' plinths, I did some…

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