Changing the wood on a hw19

Changing the wood on a hw19

Postby rif » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:19 pm

I know others have done it, is there a guide or tips? Theres nothing wrong with mine, i think its oak, just lookig for a change.
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Re: Changing the wood on a hw19

Postby Peer Gynt » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:26 am

When the HW19 was a current model, I was an authorized dealer.

And I am confused about the concept of “changing the wood.”

I’ve wondered if anyone would give you an answer. So far no one’s stepped up.

Based on my limited understanding, my answer would be to build a new plinth with the veneer you want.

It is not a particularly complicated plinth. Use the one you have as a master.

Alternatively, you could install new veneer over the existing plinth.

Honestly, I don’t think this project would be economically justifiable. An HW19 with no tonearm or cartridge will readily sell for $500 to $700 if it’s in good condition. Have you priced good wood or skilled labor lately? I think you’d be better off just waiting for one you like to come up for sale. Then sell yours.
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Re: Changing the wood on a hw19

Postby Brf » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:33 pm

You can strip and sand the wood plinth and take it to an automotive paint shop and have it painted any colour you want. A friend of mine moved into a very modern condo and had his HW 19 painted a deep pearl white. It looks very cool and modern. Cost was quite affordable.
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Re: Changing the wood on a hw19

Postby Peer Gynt » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:49 am

Around here, getting a good paint job would be a $300+ proposition. And... it would be a paint job.

I just thought of another option.

Chris Harban of Woodsong, a plinth specialist, might build you a custom plinth. He has incredible woods available. Since there’s little likelihood you’d want to export your plinth, if you were willing, you could even choose pre-CITES restriction exotic woods.

I had him build an LP12 plinth for me last year. He used 600+ year old oak that had been cut at Woburn Abbey, and he fumed it a la Gustav Stickley. It is truly unique.

His base prices for LP12s is $700, and it goes up from there, dependent on the rarity of the wood.

His work is impeccable... he is an artist and craftsman.

LP12s take less wood than HW19s, but HW19 plinths look simpler to build to me. If you really want something with beauty and provenance, talk to Chris.

https://www.woodsongaudio.com/
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Re: Changing the wood on a hw19

Postby Brf » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:48 am

Peer Gynt wrote:Around here, getting a good paint job would be a $300+ proposition. And... it would be a paint job.


Wow, my friend paid $150 but his paint job was tagged to a larger job using the same paint colour
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Re: Changing the wood on a hw19

Postby Peer Gynt » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:45 am

Brf wrote:Wow, my friend paid $150 but his paint job was tagged to a larger job using the same paint colour


Perfectly normal ... piggy backing on another job of the same color nearly always cuts cost.

If you want a perfect glossy final finish, or a pearlized or metalicized final finish, expect to pay for it.

An upholsterer could cover it in leather or fabric if desired.

I don’t know where you’re located, but compared to my friends in the Boston area, work in Tennessee is generally a good deal.
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