Woodsong Audio brings to you the highest quality, best performing plinths available for the Garrard idler drive turntables.
This listing is for a standard, single tonearm plinth for a Garrard 301/ 401 idler drive turntable, with recessed top plate, 2 tonearm boards, Track Audio or Stillpoints footers. Many species of wood are available, as well as true show quality, 'cut and rubbed' polished automotive finishes. Please contact me to discuss details.
The photos in this listing are for reference only. No deck is included in this listing. Check the photo showing the comparison between a standard commercial veneer, and a Woodsong Audio shop cut veneer, and that is actually a high quality cloth backed commercial veneer! Certainly nowhere near the quality of our shop cut veneers. Also, check out the details.....
Constructed from a time tested combination of materials, including a proprietary damping material, specifically selected adhesives, resins, and other materials. Woodsong Garrard plinths are a true CLD design.
Armboards are made from a variety of materials, often Ebony, Cocobolo, Rosewood, or a composite material that I have found to be ideal for armboards. Most often, I like articulating armboards, but can provide several different options to suit different needs.
Track Audio isolation devices or Stillpoints, are available as footers.
Most Woodsong Garrard plinths are finished in a high quality, shop cut veneer, specifically chosen for beauty of grain, and long term integrity, and cut and surfaced at our facility. This is not to be confused with commercially available veneers which are most often used in furniture building and common woodworking. Commercial veneers are most often 1/42” thick, or 0.8mm. Woodsong shop cut veneers range from slightly less than 1/16”, for very stiff woods like Ebony or Cocobolo, that need to bend around plinth corners, to about 3/32” for plinth tops (2-3mm). Woodsong shop cut veneers are also not to be confused with thick (often clamed around 1”) solid wood ‘veneers’.
It is easy to find plinths being offered elsewhere that are wrapped in solid wood, often 1”. This is a very bad idea, and is a guaranteed recipe for joints opening up years later, or sooner. All wood has moisture in it, and all wood moves with moisture and temperature change. Also, all finishes breathe, including resins, and thick plastic looking coatings like automotive clearcoats. Dense exotic hardwoods are especially prone to not giving up their moisture quickly. Thick woods need to be seasoned for years, and they will still change in dimension when moved to a different environment, or even seasonally. It is easy to ‘wrap’ a stack of plinth materials with 1” thick boards, it requires little precision, or preparation of materials, and is relatively easy to shape/finish. This is why people do this. Looks good out of the showroom, but watch out in the long run. Woodworkers throughout the centuries have dealt with this element of the nature of wood. Those who do not, their woodworking does not last, period. Anything thicker than about 1/8” to ¼” of solid wood over a stable substrate such as a CLD plinth, is entering into where the wood has an agenda of it’s own with regards to dimensional change. No finish, or wishful thinking will stop wood from moving over time. This is one of the main reasons why veneer was created. If you are considering buying a plinth, you owe it to yourself to understand the techniques used in the creation, and what makes an heirloom quality piece.
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Plinths are shipped in specifically built shipping containers, designed to take the abuses that the couriers are capable of. Worldwide shipping is available.