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  • Foundation Stands

    Hi

    Anyone out there know how to order Foundation stands for Harbeth? I can't find the company's website or any dealers in the US.
    Many thanks for you help.
    S

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    Not in the USA?

    I am not aware of any dealers in the US. Most dealers I have visited with all seem to use Skylan, Sound Anchors, or Resonant Woods stands.

    I think Planet of Sound in Canada is going to be your best bet for Foundation stands. For what its worth I have a pair of Resonant Woods stands for the P3s which are nice and a pair of skylans for the 30.1s. Both are very good alternatives.

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    • #3
      Stands - thanks

      Originally posted by kropp01 View Post
      I am not aware of any dealers in the US. Most dealers I have visited with all seem to use Skylan, Sound Anchors, or Resonant Woods stands.

      I think Planet of Sound in Canada is going to be your best bet for Foundation stands. For what its worth I have a pair of Resonant Woods stands for the P3s which are nice and a pair of skylans for the 30.1s. Both are very good alternatives.
      Hi
      Thanks for your reply. I have Skylans for my P3ESR's and Sound Anchors for my desktop speakers (yes, definitely overkill) but was looking for something less visually intrusive. I have kind of artistic wooden stands now for the SHL5+ but they are less than stable unfortunately.
      Will contact Planet of Sound.

      Best
      S

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      • #4
        My DIY stands

        Hello, I'm new here.

        Recently purchased my Harbeth SHL5 Plus speakers. They came with a pair of "Loaner" Foundation stands from {my dealer}.
        However, I didn't like them as much as the wooden stands I'd seen. So I decided to build my own out of Cherry. Love them. Solid, and will be a perfect once I stain them.

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        • #5
          Ikea solution

          Nice, clean, and simple. Well done. I had plans for something pretty much alike, but then I found some sort-of-fitting IKEA-stools and went lazy again. Anyway, good job!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kropp01 View Post
            Not in the USA?

            I am not aware of any dealers in the US. Most dealers I have visited with all seem to use Skylan, Sound Anchors, or Resonant Woods stands.

            I think Planet of Sound in Canada is going to be your best bet for Foundation stands. For what its worth I have a pair of Resonant Woods stands for the P3s which are nice and a pair of skylans for the 30.1s. Both are very good alternatives.
            I really like the open and thin frame foundation stands
            Does anyone have the website for the foundation stands?
            This link http://www.foundationaudio.ca/ does not seem to be the one that carries that stands

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            • #7
              Have you seen the Something Solid XF stands ?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hifi_dave View Post
                Have you seen the Something Solid XF stands ?
                Do u have the website?
                another interesting one is the Custom Design Open Frame stands.

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                • #9
                  There is no website for Something Solid. A bit like Harbeth, the last thing they need is more business. At present they sell by word of mouth.

                  I have been using their stands for 30 years now and never found better. They also have the advantage of being available at any height you require to get the speaker at the correct level for you.

                  Are you in the UK ?

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