I don't know how many of these I've either seen 
or built at radio stations.  It was always fun to 
see a DJ frustrated, because of what he perceived 
as turntable problems kick the base and bruise 
his foot.  All of them were covered in carpet. 
The double ones were poured in place in a "U" 
shape with a small "I" beam across the top of the 
front.  The top was just stained 3/4" plywood. 
Those always worked great, frequently for EMTs, 
at least until Technics took over the market.

At some stations, wooden base cabinets with a few 
bags of playground sand in the base were the 

At home, I'm just using a homemade equipment 
stand.  Shelves are two 3/4" layers of MDF glued 
together.  Some folks put, something else, such 
as a layer of rubber between the layers of MDF. 
The legs are 5/8" threaded rod with washers and 
nuts holding the shelves.  Once again, some folks 
put rubber under the washers to de-couple the 
legs from the shelves.  Some also sharpen one end 
of the legs into "spikes" to couple better to the 

My stand is 6' tall with no rubber de-coupling 
and works fine sitting on my concrete floors. 
The mass of the shelves seems to do the trick.  I 
spray painted the whole thing for WAF.  I've 
moved shelves several times for different 
equipment.  And it will easily move to our new 
digs in Virginia later this year.

If it were me  having to shell out for the top as 
well, I'd go buy some MDF.  You do need a special 
saw blade for it, but four layers glued up with 
trim glued to it is going to cost you less than 
10% of VPI's product.


Bob Cham

>Hi Dan
>Before I bought the EMT 950 I made a stand out 
>of concrete. Made damn good isolation, was a 
>bitch to move (never did). Cost in US$ about 60. 
>Could make it look nice as well if you add color 
>or wood panels.
> 11/06/12 7:52 PM,  Daniel Roth:
>>Greetings ARSCLIST,
>>I'm caught in a product mis-information/vague 
>>representation issue involving the purchase of 
>>the VPI turntable stand (product link here: 
>>Apparently the stand is comprised of three 
>>separate pieces. However, no vendor website 
>>makes that explicitly clear. The result: I 
>>ordered two stands and have no top plates on 
>>which to set my Rondine 3 turntables, and no 
>>tungsten balls with which to isolate said top 
>>plate. I'm now looking at spending an 
>>additional $800 above the original $600 spent 
>>on the stand bottom. Challenge: See if you can 
>>locate any wording in the above link that 
>>states there are two (2) additional pieces to 
>>purchase if you want this item functional.
>>Any recommendations on a functional turntable 
>>stand and a retailer who can be clear about 
>>advertising what is needed to make a complete 
>>unit would be greatly appreciated.
>>Additionally, what amount should be invested in 
>>a turntable stand? It is understood that the 
>>sky can be the limit, however, I'm seeking 
>>real-world input.
>>Thank you in advance for your consideration.
>>Dan Roth
>>Audio Technician
>>Walter J Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
>>Richard B. Russell Special Collections Building
>>University of Georgia