Isolation Platform

Isolation Platform

Postby drewvandal » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:59 am

Hi Everyone - I am proud to say that I recently purchased a VPI Scout 1.1 with a 2M Bronze last week and it should be arriving at my door tomorrow. I am very excited as this is something I have been looking at for some time now.

With that being said I need to get an isolation platform but funds are limited. I would eventually love to get a Ginkgo Cloud but for the time being can anyone recommend something a bit more cost effective for the immediate future?

I appreciate your help and look forward to being on this board more often.

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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby Orchids1 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:59 pm

Drew, Run a search on recommended isolation devices on the Forum. There are quite a few. The recommendations range from virtually free diy devices to platforms that cost $2,000 and up. A very popular combinatition is a 2" to 3" wooden platform or cutting board (most often Maple) with isolation footers between the platform and the shelf or whatever else the platform sits on. Depending on the type of wooden platform used, the cost of this arrangement starts at about $100. Rich
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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby spinblackcircle » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:16 am

The famous "Dawn's Depot" cutting boards are also available from Overstock.com. You can usually find a 15-17% coupon if you poke around a bit.

Shipped to your door for around 60-65 for the 20x15. You could then grab 2"x2" rubber/cork anti-vibration pads for feet. They are just over $1 plus shipping from PexSupply.

If you ever want to upgrade to a more expensive platform, then you have a decent cutting board for the kitchen.
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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby zephead68 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:34 pm

Orchids1 wrote:Drew, Run a search on recommended isolation devices on the Forum. There are quite a few. The recommendations range from virtually free diy devices to platforms that cost $2,000 and up. A very popular combinatition is a 2" to 3" wooden platform or cutting board (most often Maple) with isolation footers between the platform and the shelf or whatever else the platform sits on. Depending on the type of wooden platform used, the cost of this arrangement starts at about $100. Rich



I found a 20" X 15" X 1.75" maple cutting board on amazon for $44 and Isolate IT Sorbothane vibration pads (.25" X 2.25") for $18.90. Total of $62.90. I haven't tried the setup yet because I am waiting for delivery.
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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby drewvandal » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:21 pm

zephead68 wrote:
Orchids1 wrote:Drew, Run a search on recommended isolation devices on the Forum. There are quite a few. The recommendations range from virtually free diy devices to platforms that cost $2,000 and up. A very popular combinatition is a 2" to 3" wooden platform or cutting board (most often Maple) with isolation footers between the platform and the shelf or whatever else the platform sits on. Depending on the type of wooden platform used, the cost of this arrangement starts at about $100. Rich



I found a 20" X 15" X 1.75" maple cutting board on amazon for $44 and Isolate IT Sorbothane vibration pads (.25" X 2.25") for $18.90. Total of $62.90. I haven't tried the setup yet because I am waiting for delivery.


Would you mind sharing that Amazon link?
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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby madrac » Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:56 pm

searched Amazon based on the description (and price for the cutting board). think these are the items.

https://www.amazon.com/Isolate-Sorbotha ... ation+pads

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... ting+board

I've been looking into vibration platforms, as well. haven't purchased a platform yet, but seems rubber / sorbothane is not recommended. Did order the Symposium inserts to try. should be here next week
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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby zephead68 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:07 am

drewvandal wrote:
zephead68 wrote:
Orchids1 wrote:Drew, Run a search on recommended isolation devices on the Forum. There are quite a few. The recommendations range from virtually free diy devices to platforms that cost $2,000 and up. A very popular combinatition is a 2" to 3" wooden platform or cutting board (most often Maple) with isolation footers between the platform and the shelf or whatever else the platform sits on. Depending on the type of wooden platform used, the cost of this arrangement starts at about $100. Rich



I found a 20" X 15" X 1.75" maple cutting board on amazon for $44 and Isolate IT Sorbothane vibration pads (.25" X 2.25") for $18.90. Total of $62.90. I haven't tried the setup yet because I am waiting for delivery.


Would you mind sharing that Amazon link?


here it is...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003N ... UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042 ... UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby Packgrog » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:22 am

I would really recommend checking with Herbie's Audio Lab for ideas, especially in lieu of sorbothane. I used some Sorbothane hemispheres a while back and they were awful for sound quality. They're good for damping (and I may use those linked pucks for quieting down a different piece of equipment, thanks for that), but not good for helping a turntable sing. Grungebuster dots work FAR better than Sorbothane for controlled damping. Steve had made many recommendations to me, and it wasn't until I followed his recommendations in full that I got better results.

Also, his "Medicinballs" are a great replacement for the squash balls in Gingko platforms.
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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby zephead68 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:54 pm

I put a glass of wine on my scout Jr while playing The Black Crowes and I didn't see any movement/ripples.
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Re: Isolation Platform

Postby Mr_Putty » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:28 pm

I have a B-stock Prime I have been learning on after many years of doing other things ( most digital, some audio). I choose to use a (cut to size) poplar Woodcraft workbench top for isolation. This top comes made of many sticks glued together, all of which are the same thickness. This main block has a second slightly smaller poplar block beneath it. The two are isolated with silicone tool savers cut to about 1.25 inches wide. Compressed they are about 7/8 inch thick. In addition to this setup I find adjustable metal cones useful to fine tune the image. I currently use two. One is under the platter bearing (not in the center) and one is somewhat close to the arm pivot. These I can adjust while listening and with moderate pressure seem to stabilize and open the sound image. Note that this does slightly lessen the pressure on the TT feet and I think the result is tuning the top isolation block to the arm! I suspect that horizontal vibrations are being damped thus making the arm/cart track more accurately.
I am curious to know if anyone else has tried dual blocks and if so what were the results. I am not done expiermenting, but really like the results so far. My cart is a new Bronze2m so that is a factor as well.
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