THE ASKAL: All parts + Purloined Motor

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THE ASKAL: All parts + Purloined Motor

Postby mandym » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:27 am

I have been commissioned to make a "Best Effort" analog source Pinoy-style. This usually entails putting together a system with parts from various sources to mix with hand-crafted DIY elements, thus the term askal :) :) . The project is partly experimental, sort of a proof-of-concept venture so top quality, high priced components were ruled out.
The turntable is designed to be in modular form in order to better isolate the sections and also to accommodate various motors and tonearms of various lengths.



THE PLINTH
Made by Camotecue to my specifications. It is made of 5 nestling frames, glued and doweled together to assure stability. The frames are made of 5 woods of different hardness starting with Kamagong at the center and a soft wood for the outermost frame. The whole plinth is then veneered with a nicely grained wood and finished with a satin lacquer. The framing technique is an experimental method to control vibrations. The 3 legs are made of 2-inch diameter Kamagong pieces, removable in case other legs (brass, rubber, etc) are desired.

The plinth and 3 legs:
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Photo of underside showing the 5 frames:
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A 1/8 inch mounting plate was made in order to prevent bearing tilt in case the wood gets deformed due to the weight of the platter.

Closeup of mounting plate:
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THE PLATTER AND BEARING
These were ordered from DIY HiFi Supply. I think these parts were used for the now discontinued BIX turntable. The bearin is an inverted type of tight tolerance.

Platter and Bearing as ordered:
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Bearing mounted on the steel plate:
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PLINTH AND PLATTER ASSEMBLY
It actually looks quite nice. The platter turns smooth, quiet and true. One minor quibble though, the platter seems to sit a bit high on the plinth. It looks like it was designed that way. This is just an aesthetic issue and can be remedied by undercutting the plinth around the bearing area.

The assembled platter/plinth:
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All dressed up with nowhere to go:
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby stereophile » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:36 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: You've done it again, Mandy! Congrats! I can't wait for the next chapter in this wonderful analog journey! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby arnoldc » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:53 am

I think I know to whom this "askal" will go to ;)
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby JackD201 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:06 am

Askal nga pero pure breed ang aso at 5th Avenue, Manhattan ang kalye.....Beauty Tito Mandy!!!!!!
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby detubo » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:27 am

beautiful!
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby Superman » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:48 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby hypertriode » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:06 am

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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby quarterback » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:07 am

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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby onedown » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:23 am

nice work! [as usual] congratulations!
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby usai » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:25 am

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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby dannyb » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:36 am

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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby camotecue » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:45 am

mandy,

beautiful!

how about a slate platter on its twin brother!
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby mandym » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:51 am

camotecue wrote:mandy,

beautiful!

how about a slate platter on its twin brother!


Great new project! Slate platter on a slate plinth!
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby pigdog » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:56 am

@Mandy and Larry, wonderful work on the plinth! i am impressed! now the next step is to find the motor and to match it with one of your tonearms. I am sure our "secret" new ingrediant may compliment to this little project!
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby vintage_dog » Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:54 pm

:rock: absolutely world class! congrats!
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby yellowpaper » Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:06 pm

Nice one Sir Mandy and very well thought of too if I may add. I liked they way you designed the plinth to control/minimize the vibrations. Could I commission you to do the same concept with my TT? Kudos :clap: :y: :)
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby highlander » Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:51 pm

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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby quarterback » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:01 pm

mandym wrote:
camotecue wrote:mandy,

beautiful!

how about a slate platter on its twin brother!


Great new project! Slate platter on a slate plinth!


mandy,

i can help source the slate.

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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby alexg » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:02 pm

Excellent craftmanship! :clap:
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Re: THE ASKAL TURNTABLE PART I

Postby ESaudio » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:04 pm

Iba'ng klase'ng ASKAL! Tatlo lang ang paa at pure Pinoy breed pa! :clap:

Congrats Mang Mandy!
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