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|Shown here is Teres #3.|
|octal riaa preamp|
|6C45P riaa preamps|
|tuned quarter-wave pipes|
See info about my Teres DIY turntable here. (Mine is Serial #3 in the "Teres Hall Of Fame.")
See info about Poul Ladegaard's air-bearing linear tracking DIY tonearm design here.
See my Ladegaard Arm Builder's FAQ here.
The Teres turntable project emerged after a group of experimenters investigated the Scheu turntable kit design. One group member's brother, as it happened, is a master machinist and so eventually a from-scratch design was hammered out. This fine craftsman, Bryce Brady, began manufacturing parts for a turntable including a thick acrylic platter and a sturdy, precision-tolerance, center bearing. Meanwhile the project had gotten the attention of a Scheu owner and experimenter in Germany named Manfred Huber, who adapted his DIY design for a sophisticated motor control unit and gave it to the group for our use.
The Brady brothers now offer the Teres as a fully-built turntable. Another fully-built turntable resulting from the original design discussions is being made available by Redpoint Audio Design.
At first, however, the Teres project was a DIY group effort, with some common parts, and in which each Teres builder implemented a unique design for the base and integrated a tonearm into their design however they saw fit. I knew I wanted to get my feet wet and was impatient to spin vinyl as soon as possible after receiving my component parts, so I quickly cut a base out of plywood and mounted a basic tonearm to it. (That base can be seen in the photo here.)
Once I saw I was going to be an "early adopter" I suggested (somewhat self-servingly!) that the Teres turntables should each get a serial number, awarded in the order that they begin playing music. So I was able to snag serial #3 with my hasty assembly.
The base has undergone revision, as you can see in the photo. My new base is made from kitchen countertop material (laminate-covered MDF) to which I applied some vibration-dampening treatment. It is more rigidly attached to the arm support structure than the previous base was. In the photo you can see my DIY tonearm (more info here, close up photos here and here ) mounted on the turntable. I have corresponded via email with people from Brooklyn to Tahiti since beginning this project and that has been its own reward. I hope to encourage more DIY'ers to build this interesting high-performance tonearm and I urge anyone interested in the Ladegaard design to contact me.