I need a dustcover!

fiddlefye

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So I have this turntable. I also have a major cat issue (three, to be precise). If my cats get into my study/listening room very bad things happen - mats stolen and chewed up, tonearms played with etc. They've even worked out how to turn it on and make it go round and round. So I really, really need a dustcover. I had a shop locally who was willing to make one for me, but they backed out. Yeah, I could learn a new skill set and make my own I suppose, but in all honesty I don't feel like it. Enough projects already. Too many for that matter!

I was originally thinking about a cover that fit right over, but decided in the end that one of exactly the dimensions of the plinth would be preferable. Maybe some tabs outside those dimensions to keep the kitties from knocking it off? 50 cm x 60 cm and it would need to be 11cm tall to clear the tonearms.

Any chance someone with plexi chops would be interested in building me something? Maybe someone coming to the gathering even? I'd happily send funds for supplies or whatever is needed!
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I have a similar Denon (slightly older) but the plinth may not be as deep. It did come with a dustcover though.

I'm actually thinking a cover that went completely over the plinth might be best, as there is no way the kittehs could knock it off or move it.
 
I have a similar Denon (slightly older) but the plinth may not be as deep. It did come with a dustcover though.

I'm actually thinking a cover that went completely over the plinth might be best, as there is no way the kittehs could knock it off or move it.
The issue with one that goes completely over is that it increases the footprint and space might end up being an issue. I figured with tabs going down the side it would be enough to keep the cover in place?
 
True. You could get one to fit snugly and use up less than an extra inch of space around it, but then you risk scratching the inside of it each time you use it. Unless the gatos are extraordinarily clever, I would think tabs might hold it in place well enough.
 
Nice Denon. My dad had a similar one when I was in HS. It sounded great. Is that the stock arm on the back?

I had a cover made for mine in a shop locally that is the same dims as the plinth. I did also think of oversize, but rejected that for footprint as well. I dont think I would want tabs, as noted, they would end up marring the plinth under the tabs due to repeated friction.

We dont have a cat, but we do have dogs and kids. But, I find it is me more often than anyone else that bumps the cover. Everyone else knows to stay away...

I would look for a shop local to you that specializes in plex making.

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Somebody like these guys might do it?

 
You could try TAP Plastics as well.

Although if you didn't mind the look, a laundry basket might work to keep the cats at bay.
 
A quick google search rendered a few non acrylic options:

1. Not a real option but here it goes; re-home said cat.😬
2. Attach double sided tape along surfaces near your TT; cats hate double sided tape.
3. Keep citrus, rosemary, lavender or coffee grinds near your TT; cats detest those scents.
4. Install an invisible mini electric fence around your TT, they will learn…
 
I have a pair of hinges, Marantz, I think. You can have them, if you wish. Little silicon dots make durable bumpers for the two front corners, where they land on the plinth. You won't have to have overlapping tabs, if you use the hinges.
 
I have a pair of hinges, Marantz, I think. You can have them, if you wish. Little silicon dots make durable bumpers for the two front corners, where they land on the plinth. You won't have to have overlapping tabs, if you use the hinges.
Thanks, that sounds good! I'd have to rig up something to control the position of the cover when it is up, but I can work that out. The biggest issue is finding someone capable of and willing to fabricate the cover. I probably could train myself to do the job, but really would prefer not to...
 
I think that the CoG passes the hinge, so gravity holds it up. BITD, most covers didn't need a support leg. The Empires had wooden frames, so they had 'em.
 
When I still unfortunately owned a Pro-Ject turdtable, the hinges were nothing more than an L-shaped piece of thin plated rod. The rod went straight into the dustcover, and the other half was clamped on the back of the deck and adjusted to create the tension. It worked but, on a 'table that cost that much, it certainly felt like a cheap shortcut.
 
A few years ago I think I sent you a picture of my DP80. The original owner had built a wooden sleeve that snugly fit over/against the sides of the plinth. He then attached the cover hinges to the back of the wooden sleeve thus avoiding marring the plinth. He had a wooden support arm attached to the side of the sleeve that could be raised to support the acrylic cover.

I’ve used JMK and was satisfied with the result. Just East of Buffalo.


http://www.jmkdisplays.com
 
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A few years ago I think I sent you a picture of my DP80. The original owner had built a wooden sleeve that snugly fit over/against the sides of the plinth. He then attached the cover hinges to the back of the wooden sleeve thus avoiding marring the plinth. He had a wooden support arm attached to the side of the sleeve that could be raised to support the acrylic cover.

I’ve used JMK and was satisfied with the result. Just West of Buffalo.


http://www.jmkdisplays.com

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