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Created On: 01 February 2012 01:33 PM
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 01 February 2012 01:33 PM
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davecooper

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I won't call myself an inventor but I have always enjoyed thinking up new ideas, usually building something to prove it works. I have decided to start putting some of my projects on a website rather than leave them to gather dust in a corner. If anyone is interested, the site can be found here. I hope you enjoy looking at my ideas, I am slowly adding more when time permits.
 02 February 2012 04:52 PM
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jhudson

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I'll be letting my husband know about your website - He'll have a lot of fun browsing through your designs

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Julie Hudson
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The Institution of Engineering and Technology
 03 February 2012 12:18 PM
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davecooper

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Thanks, hope he likes some of the stuff on there. It's always nice to get interest from like minded people.
 18 March 2012 11:32 PM
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Legh

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Great little web site.
Amazing, I did think the old connoisseur still existed. I used the BD1 turntable as part of my metalwork project back in 1972, but designed and built the arm from dural Al. with 3 bends creating an aggregate bend of 17 deg. ( I think); Gimble knife edge bearings for the vertical movement with a ball race dropped into a brass 'envelope' supported on an Al. spindle . All counter-weighted, adjustable and two different methods of biasing the centripetal forces
The hardest part was positioning the arm so that the pick up stayed more or less at a tangent when it crossed the tracks - all a bit of a hit and miss, so to speak, I gave up on the pick-up head since I struggled to get a suitable fixing of a flat steel plate onto a 1/4" dural pipe and bought a professional one.
It worked surprising well, as good as the Thorens deck I had later.

Thanks for bringing all that back to mind....

Legh

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 22 March 2012 02:09 PM
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davecooper

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Glad it brought back some memories Leigh. I built that around 1978 and used it until I got married and left home, when I left it with my Dad. I was reunited with it a few years ago after my father died. I did toy with the idea of rebuilding it into a new plinth etc but decided to try another route. I bought a Thorens TD150 which had seen better days and set about rebuilding it into a new plinth. However, I tried to make the plinth too complex and eventually (temporarily!) shelved the idea as my wife was starting to question my enthusiasm for a recording medium approaching 100 years old. As a result, current Vinyl playing duties are being handled by my trusty 80's vintage Dual turntable.
 31 March 2012 06:41 PM
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jcm256

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If you like inventing things, this one might interest you.'

http://www.soe.org.uk/news/soe...c5-tv-show-wants-you/

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 02 April 2012 12:39 PM
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davecooper

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Thanks for the link. I will have a look.

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 06 July 2012 07:27 PM
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stableford

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Some very nice designs, with elegant solutions.

The Venturi wall in a slightly different format, by the way, has already been put out there as an underwater turbine system. Although I dont think there are takers yet.

The real problem would be the sheer cost of the large qty of eductors. That being said, nice design.

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Derrick
 09 July 2012 09:56 AM
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ickleant

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Wow very nice I have been limited to working with wood to build things in my spare time. Have you ended up producing lots of things for friends and family? I know I have :S
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