My Stand

The high mass turntable stand


I designed the stand specifically for the Teres table, however it should work well with several other brands.  Since the Teres weighs over 50 lbs I needed a stand that was 2 or 3 times the mass so it wouldn't rock, or move.  It consists of 3 shelves and 3 legs.  The stand is setting on a flat plate (not part of the stand) because the plate has spikes that can be leveled on the carpet.  

Each leg is made from 4 inch (ID) PVC pipe.  2.5 inch wide slots are cut to receive the round shelves.  A 6 inch lag bolt is run through each leg into the shelves.  The bottom of each leg is plugged with a wood plug that has been machined to fit the ID of the leg.  The legs are sand filled to the top.  At the top of each leg where the sand is leveled off, a 1/4 cup of poly-acrylic adhesive is poured and allowed to soak into the sand.  This creates a cap at the top of each leg and seals in the sand and dust.

The shelves are solid wood machined to a 13 inch diameter.  They can be either stained or painted black.  I tried both, and went with the black.  There is no science to the spacing of the shelves or the thickness.  A thickness was chosen to match the base of the Teres table, and the spacing of the shelves was done by eye.

The motor for the table sits exactly on the top of the rear leg.  It's 4.5 inch diameter exactly matches the diameter of the leg so it appears as a natural extension of that leg.  Although I made my shelves from exotic hardwood and ended up painting them black, a person could build this entire thing with 2 bags of sand, 12 feet of 4 inch PVC pipe, and a 1/2 sheet of 3/4 inch MDF


I knew before I started that the stand would be tall.  I like to be able to walk directly up to the table and operate it without bending over.  A good line of sight is important when cueing a record and essential when setting up a tone arm.  The entire thing sets there like it were stone. You can bump it and it simply doesn't move.  Very solid.  Note, my listening room is on a concrete slab and this stand is spiked through the carpet to couple directly to the concrete.  If I had a wood floor that liked to bounce a lot, I would probably keep the PVC legs 10 feet and run the unit through the floor to the basement.