Would you mind posting a photo of the cradle/frame that you constructed for the TU-05b. As I've noticed that the amplifier is quite easy to inadvertently knock over, which while not causing any immediate damage is quite disconcerting nevertheless!
Just taken three quick shots. Firstly please excuse the non-existant woodworking skills! Also, I have not punch sunk the nails yet or sanded the edges or given it a coat of varnish as to be honest I have been listening to to much music!
Now. The reason for the design is this. I listen in the main to music in my bedroom. I have a chair at the end of my bed and my bed has a flat wooden end piece so I constructed this to straddle that wood, sort of lock it in. Then I nailed and glued (all of this is just nailed and glued, I just wanted to knock something up quickly!) two lengths of wood which acts as the stabilizers for the amp.
You don't need anything too deep, this is more than enough to keep the amp stable. I then stuck table savers to the inside of these wooden cheeks ( the silicone things one puts under object so as not to scratch tables) I did this so as to hold the amp securely but at the same time make removing the amp easy and non damaging to the amp.
Then on the base where the amp sits I placed four cork table savers and then cut a piece of silicone mat, the type used for the tops of car dashboards so that you can hold your phone there safely. I found this essential in aiding damping of the amp.
My experimentation has shown that the sound is a little clearer when the amp is in the cradle but it is a really small amount, nothing to worry about!
I must admit these pictures have now shamed me into finishing this off properly and once again, please excuse the terrible construction quality. I have zero woodworking skills!
I am going to construct one for table use and I have a friend turning me some oak cones A'la Russ Andrews which I will glue onto the base to help isolation.
Oh, and the wood I believe is Poplar. The whole thing cost under CAD$10!
Edited by ianmedium - 1/22/13 at 7:48am