HANDCRAFTED AIR-DRIED AMBROSIAN MAPLE PLATFORMS
Get Better Sound From Your System Without Replacing Electronics
Our Amish-crafted, solid maple platforms are an integral part of the Mapleshade Vibration Control System that has transformed the sound of thousands of audiophile systems over the years. Here's a link to a detailed description of Mapleshade's Vibration Control System.
Mounting your audio gear on a really good platform transforms the sound. Our painstaking R&D tests proved that maple platforms sound warmer, clearer, punchier and more detailed than granite, slate or glass (all are edgy and bass-killing), hi-tech damped composites (very dead sounding), and myrtle or exotic hardwoods (more colored and less detailed). Thats confirmed unequivocably by more than a decade of head-to-head shootoffs by skeptical customers. Using brass footers to drain vibration out of your gear into the maple doubles the good effect.
Maples sonic superiority over all other woods is old news to every violin and piano maker since Stradivarius and Steinway. Instrument makers taught us to NEVER use commercial, kiln-dried maple. The kilns high heat weakens the woods fibers, thereby deadening sound. Air-dried maple is less colored and closer to the sound of our master tapes than any other platform materialaudibly better than harder or softer or denser woods, and notably better than kiln-dried maple or, worse yet, maple butcher block (excessively damped by its multitude of glue joints.
Because finding air-dried 2" to 4" thick maple at ordinary lumber yards is impossible, Pierre turned to a local Amish sawmill in 2001. They find us logs of very special maple indeed: 75 to 100 year old Ambrosia maple that sounds distinctly warmer and clearer than Canadian rock maple. These old trees yield wood of gorgeous character: much tighter and more variegated grain, lovely nut-colored contrasts, subtly shimmering curl, birdseye and tiger stripes. After our rough-cut maple air dries for four years, our Amish craftsmen (Ben, with his sons Crist and Uri) meticulously plane, bevel, shape and sand our platforms. Ben takes particular pride in his satiny lacquer finishes. They handsomely show off the dramatic character of our old-growth Ambrosia maple.
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