I'll add pictures soon, but my camera done died, figures eh.

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    • Von Schweikert DB-99 with Supertweeters
    99dB eff. with active subs powered by 300W Class A/B amps 20Hz-70kHz FR
    • Audio Magic Clairvoyant 4D Speaker Cables
    Silver foil
    • Valve Amplification Company Phi 110/110 Power Amplifier
    KT88 Push Pull 110Wpc Modified/updated by Kevin at VAC to latest
    • Audio Magic Clairvoyant 4D XLR Interconnect
    1 meter
    • J&R Audio Design Essential 3150 Phono/Line/Preamp
    Balanced Phono/Line Preamplifier - only 2 gain stages/Bipolar transistors - RIAA eq. deviation from 20 to 20kHZ is .009dB - signal to noise ratio over 80db - Low cut filter selectable between DC, 16 and 32 Hz - switchable 3.18 us turnover point to compensate for the cutting head preemphasis roll-off - common mode rejection: -150db - output impedance: 75(RCA)/150(XLR)Ohms - direct coupled - fully balanced input to output - distortion: 0.0002% - frequency response: 0.01 to 1 Mhz - Clean gain: Adjustable to 100 db - Dual Mono design with separate power supply - Zero negative feedback - true segmented ground plane - fully regulated input to output - Front panel controls = Mute, Phase reversal, Mono, Power - Dual Volume controls: The volume control attenuates the audio signal and the stage noise at the same time, resulting in outstanding signal-to-noise ratios and dynamic range. For every volume position, there is only one resistor defining the quality of the amplified signal -capacitance loading adjustment for MM inputs via rear panel - 4 line inputs: 2 XLR and 2 RCA - 1 MC phono input(both XLR and RCA) - 1 MM phono input(both XLR and RCA)
    • Galibier Quattro Turntable
    aluminum/teflon/lead shot and oil platter
    • Schroeder #2 Tonearm
    Pertinax armwand with Reference SQ magnets shaped to reduce changes in vertical tracking force with changes in vertical tracking angle. I use it with a Teres VTA adapter and Bocchino XLR's.
    • van den Hul Colibri XPP moving coil cartridge
    mounted on the Schroeder. Platinum coils. Still our fave...
    • Technics EPA100 Tonearm
    A tonearm that makes everything easy.
    • Zu Xaus phono Mk2 xlr cable
    Din to XLR
    • Technics EPC P100C Mk4 mm cartridge
    • Technics EPC 100 Mk3 mm cartridge
    Integrated headshell. New suspension from VdH.
    • Technics 100C mm cartridge
    Integrated headshell
    • Technics 205C Mk3 mm cartridge
    Integrated Headshell
    • Technics EPC 310MC moving coil cartridge
    P-mount Moving coil
    • Empire 4000D/III Gold
    • van den Hul MM-1
    bought used
    • Azden YM-P50VL
    • Andante P76
    • Nagaoka MP-50
    Bought Used
    • ADC TRX-II
    • Audio Technica ML170-OCC
    • Audio-Technica USA AT7V
    • Acutex 420STR
    • King/Cello Tape Repro Amp
    Solid state tape repro amp and phono preamp. Cello design built by Charles King.
    • Studer A810 Reel to Reel
    up to 30ips Reel to Reel 1/4" 2 track
    • Accuphase T-1000 Tuner
    modern tuner
    • APL modified Philips SACD-1000
    APL modified
    • Herzan Active Isolation platform
    Like a vibraplane, fed by a nitrogen tank. Sits under the TT.
    • Adona 2 level stand
    holds my amp and turntable
    • DIY TNT Flexy Stand
    mahagony and SS
    • CRL/Fim Silver XLR 1M
    Bocchino XLR's
    • PS Audio Statement PC's
    4 of these
    • Real Traps Mini Traps
    8 of these for bass trapping and first reflections.
    • RPG Skylines
    8 of these for diffusion
    • Loricraft PRC-4 Record Cleaning Machine
    Vacuum record cleaner - it works great, but it's a heck of a chore cleaning every album:-).

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Thanks for the information, Mab33. I am looking to pre-load the VP with about 130 lbs and because the top plate is steel, I thought I would try that first. Could you please specify which EAR Isodamp material you have? I was thinking about just a piece of scrap roofing rubber, which is cheap and very strong.

I was also concerned about the ringing of steel, but granite and aluminum also ring. I figure that in the real world, there will be little impact on the surface of the VP to cause the steel to ring and as it is designed for very sensitive equipment anyway, that should not be much of an issue.

I will try it as soon as I get my massive piece of 1 1/2" steel cut down to size so I can move it. It's not so easy to find a shop to cut such a thick piece.


Hello Matt,

Nice system. I've always wanted to hear Raul's pre/phono/line. I just bought a Vibraplane and am planning to pre-load it because my turntable is only 30 lbs. I'm considering steel, aluminum, granite and marble. Did you try other materials and what is that blue sheet that you place between your isolation and aluminum slab? Thanks for any advice you may have about this isolation stuff.