Advice for tippy speaker stands

dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,091
A friend of mine and his wife bought some bookshelf speakers from me and they have carpet. I tried several different brands of speaker stands and they were both very tippy, one was a Skylan-type filled with shot, the other had a round weighted disc bottom that resembles a smooth free-weight. I suppose the floor under their carpet is not flat or something, but even carpet spikes didn't seem to help, although the spikes on the Skylan-type stands were not adjustable. Any advice for a different approach? I have little experience with carpet but in my limited experience with carpet I've never had a problem with stands especially with spikes. Let me know if more info is needed. thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 1,568
    Heavy granite tile underneath? Flattens out the carpet and stops the rocking, maybe.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,807
    Spikes need to get through the carpet into the floor beneath, did they do that? A lot of spikes are too rounded and not pointy enough to make it through both carpet and padding so they end up floating. I had to step on the base to get them into and pass the carpet and padding, but i also tossed the brass set and made my own from steel bolts to get a very sharp long point to work on the thick carpet and padding once.

    Jimbo also makes a valid point sometimes you just need a lot more weight to stabilize the weight up above.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,136
    ^ THIS ^

    Also, you have to make sure the spikes are long enough to reach the solid foundation.
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,091
    I believe the spikes that came with the stands may be too rounded and not pointy enough. Where is the place to order better spikes, preferably adjustable ones? Thanks guys.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,136
    All spikes are adjustable to one degree or the other. It may involve adding a nut on the threads.

    How thick is the carpet? What is the flooring under the carpet?
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,531
    I've frequently used the cheap black oxide finished spikes from parts express. Less than $10 for a set. Not pretty, but they are sharp, and not seen anyway.
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,136
    Here's a nice selection of spikes.

    http://www.adonacorporation.com/tweaks.html
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,091
    Thanks for the help. The carpet is thick with a pad underneath and I assume an old hardwood tongue and groove under it all, as its an older home. I have little experience with spikes but I can see I need to get some sharper longer points. Lol.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,807
    you'll need to know if they are a metric pitch or standard English T.P.I. (threads per inch)
  • arekonarekon Posts: 77
    dromunds wrote: »
    A friend of mine and his wife bought some bookshelf speakers from me....
    (CLIPPED)

    Not trying to be sexist here but in 90- something percent of households, the wife or old-lady is not involved or unaware with home audio recon.

    for example in my shack, i either get a 'adda boy' or a 'are you kidding me?'

  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,091
    Actually, in this case my friend's wife, who was also my friend in college, so I've known them both for many years, told me she wanted to get her turntable going again so she could play "rekkids." Somebody had taken the cartridge off the headshell and so I put a better cart on and aligned it and then I took a look at their speakers, which had no surrounds left whatsoever, and mentioned that I had some speakers I could move their way. She was up for it and was on cloud nine that she could play vinyl again not to mention the tuner and CD's actually sounded decent. However, she wasn't happy with the tipsy nature of the stands on her carpet so I'm trying to make that all good. She has quite an album collection, well "they" do, but actually she is buying new stuff because her daughter is in three bands in Austin. I give her credit, she likes her music and I'll support that all day long....
  • arekonarekon Posts: 77
    ^^ shoot. my fault. didnt mean to make you throw all of that out there... ill take a mulligan, i was being sexist.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 6,948
    What's a Skylan type stand, just out of curiosity?
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,091
    Ha, I'll probably have trouble describing this, but it's a pretty substantial metal stand with hollow tubes that have been filled with shot, and a flat metal top. base plate has spikes although as I mentioned the spikes are too round and don't make contact with the floor. I think they are generic stands sort of copied after Skylans or another popular brand. They are solid but tippy on this carpet, I think it's the crummy spikes.
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,807
    Nightfall wrote: »
    What's a Skylan type stand, just out of curiosity?

    maybe like these? maybe

    http://www.skylanstands.com/stands.htm
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,091
    Yeah resembling top photo.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,330
    Yeah, those with good spikes, especially loaded shouldn't be tippy IMHO
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  • pearsall001pearsall001 Posts: 4,322
    These plum bob's work great for speaker stands & amp stands...I picked mine up at Home Depot. No trouble at all piercing carpets.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,807
    These plum bob's work great for speaker stands & amp stands...I picked mine up at Home Depot. No trouble at all piercing carpets.

    Never thought about those will file that in the memory banks....
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,136
    Skylan stands are not metal. The top and bottom plates are MDF and the posts are PVC.
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,091
    The ones I have aren't Skylan they just resemble them in looks sort of, but mine are metal with metal top and base plates. There's no discernible name on them. I got them one time in a deal but never used them. They are substantial and I think using proper spikes they're going to work okay.
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