Thesis Audio's Stone Turntables

Thesis Audio is an Italian audio equipment maker that crafts these hand-made turntables with stone platters—or as Audio Junkies describe them, "non-resonating stone plinths with..separate non-resonating stone subchassis...via a semi-rigid three-point suspension system." I don't see a price, but if you're a vinyl dork with a problem this bad, I'm sure you're comfortable with a third mortgage. Product Page [ via]
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6 Responses to Thesis Audio's Stone Turntables

  1. Gary61 says:

    Good for DJ’s in earthquake-prone dance clubs in SF (or Japan).

  2. MagnusE says:

    @ Bugs: Love the paving slab-inner tube deck supports :o)

    I made my speaker stands out of two up-ended lengths of railway track with a steel plate welded onto each end… Not railway sleeper but railway track. Solid cast iron. They’re about 70cm tall, weigh maybe 25kg each.

    I was going to put spikes on the footer to go through the carpet and stick into the floorboards but my wife said no.


    I have a couple of strangely suspended turntables. One is a Maplenoll Ariadne Signature. It has a linear tracking arm and platter both supported by air pressure. Like an air hockey table. The compressor is about the size of a mini fridge, and lives at the other end of 250′ of 1/4″ air line. In between are several black plastic columns from 1.5 to 4 feet in length that smooth out air pulses. The table itself is too heavy to move without disassembly. Oh, and it also has a movable trough full of oil that the end of the tonearm drags a puck through for damping. I’d get rid of the thing if I could get it out of the closet where it’s stored without significant dismantling of the shelves or doorway.


    Regarding concrete, earthquakes and Japan, one hears stories of well heeled Japanese audiophiles having a separate support footing poured just for a turntable. Done right, this is supposed to go down to bedrock and be physically isolated from the house structure. Good idea, but with all that seismic activity, aren’t you inviting tremors to be reproduced by your cartridge?

  5. Bugs says:

    A few years ago I did some minor tech work in a DJ booth in one of my Students’ Union bars. They’d taken a budget approach to a very similar system: each turntable was bolted to a paving slab. This slab sat on a half-inflated bicycle inner tube, which in turn sat on top of a second paving slab.

    Not quite in the same league as the product above, but the tech guys and DJs swore by them. IIRC the paving slabs were rescued from a skip, so the total cost of each mount was about £4.

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