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My TNT FleXy based on Ikea Numerar slabs
first of all I'd like to thank you and the whole TNT staff for the impressive amount of useful information you publish on your website, all for free! Secondly, I'd like to send a pic of my variation on a theme regarding your famous TNT FleXy DIY HiFi rack; I've recycled some slab of IKEA Numerar countertop (Birch). I've decided to use the three legs scheme as it is way easier to adjust and level. I've used rubber antivibration feet but I plan to experiment with spikes as well. I'm extremely happy with the result, it has been a very easy project.
Fabrizio - E-mail: fabrizio.cuccu (at) gmail.com
congratulations on your neat Flexy and thanks for the precious feedback on one of our most popular and appreciated DIY designs! Let us know your findings when I'll experiment with spikes. Eventually, use closed bolts for the top shelf, as those nude steel bars can easily damage the HiFi component that will sit on the top shelf.
Thanks again for the feedback and happy listening & DIYing!
thanks for the pics of the strange and massive variation on a FleXy theme :-)
I've never liked the rear-placed third leg as it may interfere with cables. Excellent work, though!
Thanks for the feedback!
generally it is not strictly necessary to dismantle a tonearm! Moreover, not all tonearms were created equal, there are many different ways to build a tonearm gimbal. In this website you'll find a complete description of the dismantling procedure of an EMT 929 tonearm, for example. And here you'll find how to dismantle a classical Thorens TP16 tonearm. Eventually, you might find our article on how to dismantle and rewire a Decca tonearm of some interest as well.
These guides are not useful per se, if you don't own those arms, but they give you an idea on how complicated and delicate this job might be. If you're confident with your DIY skills, go ahead and, following the steps you can find on these guides, try to apply the same procedures to your tonearm. You should search for the service manual of your tonearm or ask the manufacturer to supply one. Service manuals, generally, are not available for free.
Just one final suggestion: at each step of the dismantling procedure take several pics of what you're doing, as these will be useful when you'll try to put all those tiny parts together! Even asking someone to take a video could be useful.
Good luck, I hope this helped somehow!
my advice would be to ignore all those amps and go for a chip amp based on an LM3875 chip. I appreciate that something like a Clones Audio amp is a lot more expensive but you will get what you pay for. Alternatively if you can DIY, build one either from a kit, or from scratch. Or ask the guy who serviced your Kenwood to built you one. Or if you really liked the B&O based amp, ask him to build you one too.
Whether you need a stage between your source and amp depends much on what the source component and amp are. If you do need one, I recommend the iFi iTube without hesitation.
If you are insistent on the best small class T/D amp, then I would recommend the Bantam Gold that I reviewed for TNT some time ago. It comes closest to the sound of a good (Gainclone style) chip amp but is much smaller if size is your priority.
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