Custom made tonearm. Golf Ball style. Well tempered inspired

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Custom made tonearm. Golf Ball style. Well tempered inspired

Postby coop402 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:45 am

I just got a taig mini lathe this year.
I thought this would be a good beginner project.

The tonearm is carbon fiber. All of the metal parts were turned on my lathe, everything.

Do yourself a favor, don't buy a mini metal lathe. It is just as addicting as audio (well almost).

My design has some differences, for one, it is a 12" arm....

Here is what the original looks like....
http://www.welltemperedlab.net/welltemperedlab/

Here is my tonearm.
http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd4 ... 092334.jpg

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd4 ... 092344.jpg

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd4 ... 092406.jpg
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Postby Shannon Parks » Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:44 am

Nice work! I would love to do some mini machining and experiment with tonearms. In particular, I would make some extra heavy tonearm counterweights for my turntables to utilize heavy carts. It does look like a rabbit hole with no turning back, though. (lol)

My father-in-law has aSherline mill and lathe and started making fly reels a few years ago. Amazing what you can do with these:
http://northbranchreels.wordpress.com/

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Postby Quad » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:14 am

Wow, that's a Swell Tempered tonearm.
Looks really good.
Let us know when your online shop is ready ;)
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Postby nyazzip » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:14 pm

those reels are amazing.
say, couldn't a tone arm be made from good stiff hardwood?
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Postby Hotsauce » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:44 pm

I've seen them made from cherry, and I think Grado did one in walnut long ago.

I think I've seen ebony arm wands for some tonearm too.

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Re: Custom made tonearm. Golf Ball style. Well tempered insp

Postby 1MOR » Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:18 pm

coop402 wrote:I just got a taig mini lathe this year.
I thought this would be a good beginner project.

The tonearm is carbon fiber. All of the metal parts were turned on my lathe, everything.

Do yourself a favor, don't buy a mini metal lathe. It is just as addicting as audio (well almost).

My design has some differences, for one, it is a 12" arm....

Here is what the original looks like....
http://www.welltemperedlab.net/welltemperedlab/

Here is my tonearm.
http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd4 ... 092334.jpg

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd4 ... 092344.jpg

http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd4 ... 092406.jpg


Coop, are there any websites that provided you with inspiration for this project?
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1more let me look around...

Postby coop402 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:49 pm

I am having trouble finding the original catalyst for my interest in this project.
I will post as soon as I find it.
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Lots of talent out there!

Postby mwilliams » Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:26 pm

Wow!

I am truly "wow-ed" by not only the tonearm, but the fishing reels as well!

Nice work both of you craftsmen! Beautiful!

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