The majority of the people enjoys the unique sound of the records, you, too. Consequently, you have collected the favorite records and would like to delve into the vinyl preference further. Perhaps, the starting will be the turntable. It can say that there is a wide range of options when picking up the record players – from the normal ones with $10 to the high-ranking turntable over $250,000. What an expensive they are! Nonetheless, somewhere still has the DIY projects of the turntable. In general, a DIY turntable means that a turntable is built by yourself. When building your own one, you always have one more option. It is noticed that you will be able to be creative according to your own way. Right now, we will support you a couple of fundamental knowledge in designing the turntable. It makes sure that you will find plenty of fun with these projects.
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Fun and Simple DIY Record Player
Build the DIY vinyl record player by Mike Tweed
Let’s come with the minimalistic DIY of the turntable, which is designed by the fellow tattoo artist. Right now, we will learn the way to build the multi-tonearmed table with the unique DIY. Let’s see!
Then, the below is a fundamental overview of the necessary sections in order to create a turntable:
- The turntable’s the base – it is the plinth.
- The record part sits on and the spindle in the bearing contributes to supporting – platter and bearing.
- The cartridge is easy to track the record due to the pivoted arm – the tonearm.
- The motor – this DIY utilizes the variable-speed motors that are available online.
How to build
The first of all, it forces you to decide on the parts that you shall utilize. A plinth might be made from a variety of materials such as acrylic, wood, slate or other popular ones. The plinth’s the material does not have a big effect on the record player sound. You are able to choose to test with the various materials, along with the right methods. The purpose is to bring the result as the projection.
To look for a platter, it should use a bearing and platter from the turntable that is vintage transcription – a good suggestion for you. You can find these bearing and platter online. Obviously, they efficiently work. If you like the wood thing, you can make a wooden platter for yourself. It requires the platter to be round, so a water jet type or CNC is to force.
When mentioning to the tonearm, it is endless. At present, countless various tonearms are available, depending on the price level. To choose to purchase a tonearm, you may do a couple of online studies. If possible, it ought to consider any available models. Like that, you will be able to find the best one for your own project. Of course, you can build a DIY tonearm based on your need. To begin the DIY tonearm, it will be to design a unipivot – a single point allows the arm to pivot. Similar to tattoo machine building, building the tonearm is often attractive you. It is actually rewarding, fascinating, and challenging.
Once you have chosen your parts, starting designs the plinth. It marks the distance from the center spindle to the tonearm yours. This measure is necessary for designing the plinth. This is an opportunity so that you can unleash your creativity – the material, shape, size as your desire. Some of the various approaches can consult.
By using the Padauk hardwood and red oak, Mike has built a unique turntable. A bearing and platter from a turntable of the QRK transcription are his selection. Thanks to the sturdy design, the broadcast/ transcription turntable is made a great-donor table. The design of the bearings is to provide the trouble, free work for the stations of the radio, day in and day out. Therefore, Mike decided to select the Rega tonearm with rb250.
The design of this tonearm is both elegant and strong. Beyond that, the upgradeability is endless. Utilizing the installation distance was necessary for the tonearm, by the way, it plotted the center point and the hole of the tonearm on the red oak. Hence, let’s cut the unnecessary wood. As the result, the final product creates the tear drop shape. The motor outboard is mounted in order that the placement might move around. The purpose helps find the perfect configuration.
For the turntable in this DIY, it seems different from others. Perhaps, it looked wild and grabbing. The function is considered as the main factor.
By holding the diameter of the plinth close the platter and placing the external support of the diameter, you might easily mount three tonearms. It is actually necessary for setting up three tonearms on one turntable, isn’t it? Well, the purpose of this design is to want to have a reference base so as to check them. You can begin with the hydraulic reference turntable’s the platter. Thus, by utilizing the downloaded-circle geometry, you plot a center point and 3-outboard point that is mounted for your tonearms. You shall cut the plinth out a 4-interlocking circle, by using a simple-jig saw and a couple of added plywood. It can say that this tonearm is an interesting feature on the table. One of them is taken from one drumstick.
In this DIY, you will utilize a 12 tonearm’s the dimensions. Why is 12 without having to be other numbers? In fact, the 12 model is easy to work. Mainly, you utilize home items for this arm – a bolt, penny, nut, foam core board, for example. Even, you can utilize the needle bars in order to add several tattoos to it. In additional to that, you also utilize a couple of flat-Zebra wood and the pivot point would be a scratch awl. For this arm, you should only use a 9 tonearms. At once, the bolts and nuts were utilized to adjust the counter weight.
Building your own record player from scratch
You have some records and want to enjoy the great sound of them, don’t you? Nevertheless, you do not have a record player. No problem! Let’s try considering this fun DIY. Simply, you just need a couple of the common things.
The essential parts:
- Sewing needle
- The metal or stiff wire – it is flexible for the needle
- A pumpkin
- CD drive motor
- The speaker
- A fixed space to put the record player
- 1k pot
- Power supply (3 volts – 12 volts)
Step #1: The fixed space and CD drive motor
It requires the straight position. If possible, you ought to place the motor on the table. An old DVD player still works, which is a good choice. Even though it is not powerful like the torque, it can still operate efficiently. It may run at least 1.5V and needn’t load on it. However, to spin the record, it will need plenty of power. Then, on the top of the motor, you begin putting a plastic conduit. Of course, you can also use other options, but these things are available and easy to find.
Step #2: It creates the power for the record player
It forces you to have to utilize a wall adapter ~ 6V so as to power the motor. When connecting 1k pot, you are able to utilize wherever as long as it is 5V – 12V. Between the wall adapter and the motor, the pot will be connected to the negative line. It is going to have 3 legs, but two of them is enough. In case it is not familiar with the post, you can replace into ohm. Of course, it will also be 2 because one is a constant. And then, it wired the pot up the wiring system. It requires from the wall – negative to the pot and positive to the motor. Continuously, it adjusts the pot once the turntable is ready. Like that, you might find out the proper pace for your record player.
Step #3: The speaker and the needle
The hardest one is to create the sound that comes from it. Essentially, you must have a small needle. This detail is important because the good or bad sound depends on it. A value suggestion for you is to try using a sewing needle. It is small enough to read the vinyl. Beyond that, your records will also not be damaged. The needle must follow the paths on the vinyl. The needle cannot be fixed in place, so you can utilize little copper wires so as to do this. The copper wires will be wrapped around the needle; then, the end point is wrapped into the stem of the pumpkin. Instead of using the pumpkin, you can also utilize others. Don’t wrap too tight! It must be loose enough to follow the vinyl. However, it is not too loose. Consequently, you ought to consider and test it carefully. It is important that it must suit the speed of the sound.
Now, you will build the speaker. Simply, you might take any scraps around your home. There may be a tin foil, plastic, Styrofoam cup, or a piece of paper. Of course, the various materials will create the different sound. So, this one depends on your needs and preferences. Looking at the above photo, it uses a receipt as a speaker. It is necessary that is to attach it with the needle. Hence, you make it look more stable and better.
Step #4: It sets up all together and starts enjoying
What an interesting it is! Let’s place the motor on the flat place. On the top of the motor, you put the spacer. Don’t tape or glue it. You only need to place it in there. Following, on the spacer, you will put the vinyl. Via the speaker’s the hole to the center record, you may consider the new model. It makes sure that will not spin off your motor and have to balance. The record must be fixed in place.
It gets down to put the pumpkin close to the record. Concurrently, the needle and speaker are also set up. Therefore, the pressure must be enough to push the needle, which moves on the record. For the reason, the copper wire is utilized because it is adjustable.
Once the needle is built, moved, and powered on the motor, it ensures that the pot is positioned at the most resistance – the lowest voltage. If there have a lot of power, the motor will be damaged, so you must carefully be this. You also need to adjust the power so that the record can spin at the proper speed. Correspondingly, after placing the needle on the vinyl, you must adjust the pot with the right pace.
Just like any other type of the DIY projects, the error is a section that cannot avoid. It is significant the record speed. If the speed is too fast, you will hear the sound as chipmunks. On the contrary, once it is too slow, there must not be the sound. Besides, the pressure on the needle and the material of the speaker are an issue. With a little tinkering, it is not difficult to get the correct pressure and the proper speaker. Accordingly, the right adjustable pace is your record player, which works efficiently.
Perhaps, there is an awesome DIY project. The majority of the parts can replace into other ones according to your needs and preferences.
It is certain that these fun projects will be able to bring the record player if you do not have a turntable for yourself. In fact, it is not too difficult to perform. Only with the simple materials, you can get your own vinyl record player. Let’s try! No one knows you will receive a lot of fun from these DIYs. It hopes that you will succeed.