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STILL after one of these....been searching now for a few years to rekindle what I lost as a consequence of a breakup....

 

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=198434837

 

Opinions please?

 

Serial number seems to date it to 1980, but the Akito is an 1989 addition? Also, the button on plinth isn't red, although the cover is a smokey one.

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Yep, old style plinth with the lid stay cut-out dates it to ~1980.

 

But like Porsche 911s and Subaru Imprezas, it may well be the only original part as Linns can have almost everything upgraded on them.

 

My memory is a bit fuzzy about the age of the Akito (calling Owen ?).

IIRC it was an OK arm, though probably not the first choice for an AT-0C9.

 

Originally this would have had the big red power button, the slim black button indicates a Valhalla upgrade has been done.

 

Not bad for $800.

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Thanks Michael, I knew I could count on you.

 

And yes, opinion please oh wise won Owen!

 

I've owned an Akito (Mk1) and it was ....o...k...

 

Guess it really needs a physical once over...

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Yo!..did someone call?

 

Google sez 'Akito introduced 1989' ;)

And, looks like the 'new' laminated armboard, c.1987.

 

Yah, you Sherlocks are correct, I agree... lid prop & 29,000 ser no. makes it originally c.1979~80, according to the Linn historical guff. No plinth corner blocks, pre-84. Probably a NZ assembled Tawa plinth?

 

This is an LP12 BTW... not Axis (not that familiar with Axis tho).

 

Valhalla introduced 1982.

 

Spot welded subchassis (not the later glued one from 1984 on).

 

Hard to tell more... armboard, springs...?

(Ser no. on underside? ...I personally can't recall ever seeing it other than on rear label..)

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That WT Audio one looks similar vintage doesn't it?

 

Rather 'original' looking spec, that one.

 

Both have older style lids, glued/fabricated acrylic, tinted.

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Owen Y;81816 wrote:
Yo!..did someone call?

 

 

 

Google sez 'Akito introduced 1989'
;)

 

And, looks like the 'new' laminated armboard, c.1987.

 

 

 

Yah, you Sherlocks are correct, I agree... lid prop & 29,000 ser no. makes it originally c.1979~80, according to the Linn historical guff. No plinth corner blocks, pre-84. Probably a NZ assembled Tawa plinth?

 

 

 

This is an LP12 BTW... not Axis (not that familiar with Axis tho).

 

 

 

Valhalla introduced 1982.

 

 

 

Spot welded subchassis (not the later glued one from 1984 on).

 

 

 

Hard to tell more... armboard, springs...?

 

(Ser no. on underside? ...I personally can't recall ever seeing it other than on rear label..)

 

Thanks Owen!

 

Yes, thought it strange to call it a Linn Axis LP12.

 

Axis with Akito was as close as I got to my mythical nirvana, aka LP12...

 

I know the LP12 isn't necessarily the nirvana I'm after, but I've always wanted one and before I die I'm determined to own one, at least for a few days.....:D

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I owned then sold an LP12 on Trade Me a couple of years ago. It was a 1993 spec with the Lingo power supply. I think it also had the Trampolin and Cirkus upgrades as well so went for a premium over the older 80's spec models that tend to come up on Trade Me these days. It had the Akito arm on it which didn't really impress me. I would ignore anything pre-Valhalla/Nirvana as I think times have moved on. Any LP12 pre-Lingo/Trampolin/Cirkus tend to suffer from the famous LP12 mid bass hump which can be attractive in the right system although not necessarily neutral. If you are after a LP12 from that era I would go for the ITTOK arm which is still a very nice combination. I've heard a few ITTOK/LP12 combinations are they do sound very nice. Probably the best value for $$$ second hand. Remember the LP12 is tricky to setup properly and you should have a good dealer who can help you out. Don't underestimate this. An out of tune LP12 will be frustrating to live with.

 

The newer Ekos or Naim Aro arms are still very expensive as they are current models.

 

Hope this helps

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