If you were born after 1975 this is probably of no interest. After more than 15 years I finally got my record collection back. Negotiated space with the boss and set about moving back into the late 70’s. I got speakers and an amp from that time frame and I still had a turntable from the late 70’s. In my opinion the pinnacle of audio equipment manufacture.
So I started putting the system together. Speaker stands were easy. A couple pieces of 1 X 4 oak with ¼” hobby wood. The trick is to isolate the speakers from the floor. I used felt for the feet to protect the hardwood floors.
And then neoprene bumpers between the speaker and the stand. Not inclined because they may become tables of some sort. With the felt and neoprene there is virtually no contact between the speaker and the floor. These were called bookshelf speakers at the time but they are really heavy.
The cabinet is 16” deep to accommodate the turntable and amp. Red birch ply with oak trim. Tung oil finish – nothing special. A lot of dividers to keep the records from bending and warping. The records are about 12 3/8” so I put stops in in the rear at 12 ¾” to keep from shoving them too far back. There is a skid under the middle of the unit set back 5 inches from the front. I didn’t think 3/4 ply could support the weight.
For the turntable I used 75# full extension accuride drawer slides with a positive stop so when they are retracted there is no vibration. There is 2” between the top of the amp and the bottom of the turntable shelf. It doesn’t look like 2” because of the pull strip but it is there. The back is open for airflow. These older amps generate a fair amount of heat. With all that vinyl the cabinet weighs a lot. There is no movement.
The corner is not the best location but this is a small house and this setup fills it with sound. As I go thru the old records most are in good shape after 40 or so years of abuse. I replaced the worst ones in the mid 80’s when vinyl was still readily available. I can move the stool to sit on when I load a record.
Just another old guy obsession.