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I've been on the phone or trawling the web for most of the day and I've finally settled on some nice Solidsteel (made in Italy) racks from Selby audio. They are absolutely gorgeous ... but even with 20% Black Friday discount they are $750 ... I just cant justify it. Any suggestions? I had a quick look at ebay and there are made in China items that look very similar for 1/4 the price or better. Any happy customers willing to recommend anything?

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2 minutes ago, gregmacc said:

I've been on the phone or trawling the web for most of the day and I've finally settled on some nice Solidsteel (made in Italy) racks from Selby audio. They are absolutely gorgeous ... but even with 20% Black Friday discount they are $750 ... I just cant justify it. Any suggestions? I had a quick look at ebay and there are made in China items that look very similar for 1/4 the price or better. Any happy customers willing to recommend anything?

You are fortunate that you live in Adelaide as a member and a great friend here will make you a superb quality custom rack in whatever configuration you like. he also happens to be one of the best people on the planet........ Contact @Grizzly for further discussion

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Failing that, check your gumtree for Lovan shelves. 
 

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 Hmmmm ... Lovan ... they look nice ... any more affordable than Solidsteel though? ... nothing on Gumtree ATM.

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serious racks do require serious money.

 

Justification is very subjective and often boils down to "do you enjoy your stereo"....

 

give @Grizzly a call.

 

don't tell your wife

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Chances are I could help, I’m in Bridgewater if that’s convenient

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Being the happy recipient of some speaker stands that Anthony made I can recommend that you have a chat.  Pricing was very good and considering the quality of the end product it was more than reasonable.  Excellent workmanship and very honest to deal with.

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Confession time ... I eventually swallowed my pride and went for the Solidsteel items ... my price expectations were initially VERY unrealistic ... many thanks to @Gr11zzly for his gracious correspondence.   

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46 minutes ago, gregmacc said:

Confession time ... I eventually swallowed my pride and went for the Solidsteel items ... my price expectations were initially VERY unrealistic ... many thanks to @Gr11zzly for his gracious correspondence.   

 

So what's wrong with Bunnings laminated-bamboo shelves supported by concrete blocks?  :lol:

 

Andy

 

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2 hours ago, andyr said:

 

So what's wrong with Bunnings laminated-bamboo shelves supported by concrete blocks?  :lol:

 

Andy

 

First day of setup after a 10 year absence from hifi... worked a treat until I knew what size stand I needed :D

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1 hour ago, furtherpale said:

First day of setup after a 10 year absence from hifi... worked a treat until I knew what size stand I needed :D

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That's ma man!  :thumb:

 

However, you scrimped, using those laminate shelves!  The 'audiophile' version - using laminated bamboo shelves - will sound better.  :lol:

 

Andy

 

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Tivoli Hifi have a great setup for their Mcintosh room with all equipment supported on shelving supported with lightweight blocks like these available from bunnings

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Australian hardwood sleepers or solid planks are the best I've owned, bar none. We live in a land that is abundant in some of the finest timber for this purpose. Fancy racks,...meh!

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I custom built my own stackable rack using 2" thick Canadian maple platforms from Timbernation in the US.

 

I had the rack bars made from solid brass rods, done by a computer CNC machinist in Wingfield SA.

I also had different size spare rods made, so if you get a tall or short amplifier you can raise or lower the height of a shelf to suit.

 

Total cost to do this type of rack now would probably be about 2k.

 

 

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On 04/12/2019 at 1:11 PM, gregmacc said:

Confession time ... I eventually swallowed my pride and went for the Solidsteel items ... my price expectations were initially VERY unrealistic ... many thanks to @Gr11zzly for his gracious correspondence.   

Solidsteel racks are very well made - I bought a couple of S5-5 units recently - and I reckon they will hold their value reasonably well if you ever need to move them on.

 

Also it turned out they were quite a bit of fun to put together.

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4 hours ago, vagabond said:

Solidsteel racks are very well made - I bought a couple of S5-5 units recently - and I reckon they will hold their value reasonably well if you ever need to move them on.

 

Also it turned out they were quite a bit of fun to put together.

I have 4 Solidsteel racks.... :)

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I'm using one of these for my home theatre setup + guitar amps + karaoke gear

 

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SAMSON-SRK-12-EQUIPMENT-RACK-ON-WHEELS-12RU/290675007141?epid=1965916779&hash=item43ad949ea5:g:8icAAOSwFgNdTdFb&frcectupt=true

 

The trick was finding a rack mount AVR that didn't cost an arm and a leg. I got the Tascam PA-R100. I only needed 5.1

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