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  1. The DCC that I was referring to wasn’t the digital cassette thingy (don’t think I ever saw one in the wild), but the record brand. Pretty nice edition with great all the right analogue remastering, and a great gatefold cover! You have inspired me to listen to it.
  2. This is a great recording, and has is so dynamic! In a previous fit of audiophilia about twenty years ago, I bought the DCC (remember them) reissue, which is a great pressing with nice packaging, which likely sounds the same as your one. Good stuff!
  3. Further information: This LP12 has an original plinth/top plate/outer platter, which I renovated, regluing and adding corner bracing, as shown in pictures. Aside from the vintage external appearance, it has a recent cirkus bearing (less than 10 years old), with matching glued cirkus subplatter, and modern armboard. (springs and belt are new in the past 2 years) The motor controller is a Valhalla, which is working well, and the motor is a new premotec motor as in current Majik LP12s. (I have a majik motor controller you can have too, if wanted, though most seem to feel the Valhalla is better sonically). The tonearm is a Linn Basik, which while it is, well, basik, is in good condition, and does pair nicely with the LP12. Included is an Audio technica OC-9 cartridge, which is a low output MC, which again matches well with the Linn. It has probably about 700 hours on it, and is tracking well and in good nick. The tonearm cable replaced the original dodgy cable, and is by Yannis Tome, in the UK, who makes these to order. The dust cover and hinges are in good condition, though with some fine scratches, and there are back plates on the plinth so the cover can be removed when playing. The bottom cover is the solid base, which is current, and was bought new. Overall, this LP12 is relatively modern inside, given the outside appearance, with scope for further enhancement if desired, though it sounds excellent as it is. I have non-original boxes for transport, but not sufficient to ship, so only local buyers, unfortunately. . Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.
  4. In an effort to keep this thread running: What tonearms are people running on their LP12s, and what are the characteristics that drew you to them, and keep you loyal? I currently run a Jelco 750D. I think it is clearly a better arm than the basik I used to use in terms of its sound characteristics- it sounds more solid and detailed with the same cartridge on the LP12. The other things I like are: 1. Interchangeable Headshells. 2. Can be mounted on standard Linn cut out arm board, though it is very slightly longer pivot to spindle, so the cartridge has to be slightly offset in the rails, which offends my sense of order, even if it has no effect on ability to set it up correctly. 3. The build quality is very good. Everything that moves, does so smoothly, and the arm has a reassuring solidity to it. 4. The price was right. It cost about $1000, which was all I could afford it the time. I have to confess that I would like an ekos se, or even a good second hand original ekos, but I can’t see one coming my way any time soon. I would be very interested in others arms, including why you have them over other options. Justin
  5. For me, the upgrade to Kore and Cirkus was a big one, as at that time, I had a very old subchassis, which was somewhat out of true, so getting good spring bounce was problematic. With the Kore, and Cirkus, setup became much easier, and I though that the sound became much more organised, if that makes sense. Not quite as bloomy in the bass, but sounding tighter and punchier. I also found that cymbals became less splashy sounding, and has more of that metallic sound that you hear in real life. When I got the Lingo 4, I also bought a new hardwood plinth, and felt that this incrementally improved the higher frequencies- more of the cymbals as above along with perhaps more separation of interments in orchestral playing, and that pitch seemed a little more stable. Overall it just has more of a sense of solidity. The biggest difference is of course, getting to be able to play 45rpm, when coming from a valhalla. To be honest, when I set up the older LP12, albeit with a fairly new magic motor, cirkus subchassis and bearing, and my DIY bracing, but still with the valhalla, I was surprised at how good it sounded, and how close it was to my upgraded table. The new one is better, when you sit down and take notice, but if you casually listen to music, it is not immediately evident which one is playing!
  6. Getting hold of any cart in your price range and strapping it will give you reduced surface noise, and solid mono in between the speakers. Not peak audiophile, but it is the easiest way I have found, if a mono switch is not available on your phono stage/pre/integrated. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, I am sure your local shop could do it (my first effort was a failure due to my using wire which was clear coated- felt the magic after I pulled apart a headphone cable and used the copper wire).
  7. There is a sunilda valve phono at audio connection (second hand) which has this feature. No mono, unfortunately.
  8. I am not sure that linn upgrades obey the typical interpretations of value for money as an objective measure!
  9. I recently put together a linn with newish cirkus bearing/sub chassis, Valhalla, DIY braced plinth with the aluminium solid base, with a basik tonearm and an AT OC9. I have been surprised at how good it all sounds. It does not do soundstage and bass definition as well as my number on LP12, but it is surprisingly close. It retains that engaging character that LP12s seem to have in spades. I am not sure if that is a compliment to the old deck or casting shade on the new one!
  10. Interesting blog, documenting his journey, though it is hard to generalise, given he has had a few outlier results which seem to be due to poor QC/faulty parts. My experience with a lingo and kore are certainly different to his! Still, reads like this are interesting, and ultimately helpful. Justin
  11. Mixing some work, playing guitar, and listening to records. Currently have a double LP12 setup- will likely sell the old fluted plinth one which I have just finished putting together from parts.
  12. I am in the position of having finally pulled together all the bits to make up a second LP12. Why? It just seemed a waste to have all those cast off bits and pieces that result from upgrades. I did have to comb the interwebs to get the last few bits, and a stereonetter made me an offer I could not refuse on a cirkus bearing, so it is a little more than I had planned. I set it up tonight under its offspring, the flagship LP12, mounted with an old AT OC9 that I had, and you know what, it sounds fantastic! Not quite as good as the main table (thankfully, as I have agonised and spent more than a little), but with a fairly new Cirkus bearing, my DIY braced old school plinth, valhalla PSU, and basik tonearm, there was plenty of the that involving sound that LP12s do well- chamber music and jazz are just magic. I will have to rock out tomorrow and see how it goes. Now I just need to work out what to do with it, living in house which only really has room for one turntable! Justin
  13. If you are keen to dip your toe in the water, you could do worse than getting an Audio Technica OC-9 (the microcline stylus profile is well priced), or the Audio technica AT33-PTG (II). Whilst there are lots of higher end carts out there, the quality control is good, and you get a fair bit of what MC carts are about. They will work well on your arm from a resonance perspective, rather than some of the high compliance NOS carts that are out there which might not. Decibel hifi carries at least the OC9 series. Justin
  14. There is really nothing aside from a wall shelf that will isolate a turntable from suspended floorboard movements caused by the weight of a person. The magnitude of the movement is too high to be absorbed by pretty much any of the regular isolation devices that we use in hifi. I have my LP12 on a wall shelf and would never go back (at least while I have floorboards).
  15. Some more mono goodness- Mozart Clarinet quintet in A major. Giving me an excuse to use the Decca eq on my phono preamp.
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