At the heathrow show there were any number of equipment supports from the likes of quadraspires who had a superb range of racks to there small equipment feet, that in demos were clearly audible. These got me thinking [that must be a first] firstly why, then how, then can I do the same?\n\nWell as some of you know I'm a dowser and with a problem I often whip out the rods to get another option. In this case the question was can I make some that will be nearly as effective as the £30 perspex ones from the above mentioned. The answer was of course yes ...... That all well and good but where to from here ? so then I asked the rods as you have to, where can I get the parts this time I'm asking for a dirrection ....no suprise here they point into town . I just need to triangulate so it off out in the car and drive a couple of miles into town and try again ...oh back out of town . I'm thinking B&Q but no when I got there I'm pointed up the road half a mile to Wicks. \n\nWell wicks is a big store and there I am with my rods trying to look inconspicuos and failing ......stilll I'm dirrected to the tiling supplies and then to ........\n\nA bag of 250 floor tile spacers for £3 then on a whim I asked the rods if there were anything else that would be of use. I ended up getting a thick set of foam pipe insulation [more of latter]. \n\nThese tile spacers are bigger than wall tile spacer and have holes in the plastic. These holes are big enough to allow the leg of one cross to be pushed through another forming a deformed caltrip .\n\nif you drop the caltrip it will sit itself on three legs with the other three waving in the air. I built a load and placed three under a AA5 I was modding but it was to heavy over the transformer side so placed another on there, the third one went under the spindle and the last one at the back ..... hey thats different. With a positive result, I experimented on a number of cdp ....with similar results there little change to the sound in the sense of more bass or treble ....but what happens is that the image jumps into focus .\n\nWhy does this work ? \n\nNo idea ...I could tell you about micro vibrations or decoupling the chassis from the equipment support....even the rods are unclear [I'm asking the wrong questions?] \n\nBut they do work very well with the four systems and 8 cdps I tried so far.\n\nNow what about heavy gear ? amps etc. .....\n\nI decided to try the simple expedient of stacking thes crosses on top of each other .....but you need something to hold them together ....!! blutac \n\nSo I think a good height is 5 crosses stacked with a pea sized blob of gloop holding it all together. results were impressive on daveF's naim pre and power.\n\nFoam feet ....\n\nI cut the foam into 3" donuts with a hacksaw blade , I cut enough to decouple/support my speakers [ML aerius i's] took out the mopads I'd been using and fitted the donuts ......result are very similar to the mopads. The mopads cost £40 the foam cost £3 !\n\nI used a similar idea on daveF's speaker Ruark sceptres one set under the speaker stands and another under the speakers. This eliminated a bass rumble that accompanied all the music, at first it sounded as if the bass had vanished , but swapping tracks it was clear the bass was still present in spades but only when it was supposed to be there. Imagining and sweetness were the two words that kept coming to mind as we listened to various tracks.\n\nI'll post a pic or two so you can see the idea with the tile spacers ...\n\nbut for a total of £6 you'll have enough material to kit out about 10 systems ........ even if your not gobsmacked I'm certain the improvments will bring a smile. \n\nYou don't need to do the dowsing bit either! \n\nI did dream that I cut 1cm donuts of foam making ideal cable lifters ......but thats another story !