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    Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (1988)
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    Another shot of my favourite bird this year, the Dunlin: Dunlin by Keith M, on Flickr
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    Jed 5 months sometimes still a pup sometimes a young dog .
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    Common Sandpiper: Common Sandpiper by Keith M, on Flickr
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    Dragonfly by Keith M, on Flickr
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    Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run LP, EMI 100 re-issue
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    There are a bunch of additional comments about this but I decided to quote this one as it seemed like a reasonable starting place, but I will try to address some of the other thoughts as well. First off, Linn have offered a number of hardware upgrades to speakers in the past. The AV5140s could be upgraded with Espek drivers and a crossover resistor change to give perfromance similar to the Espek. Likewise with the AV5120 to Ekwal. These replaced all three drivers. The tweeters in Keltik, Kaber, Keilidh amd Tukan had a Linn recommended upgrade with improved units, there were also midrange upgrades to the Keltik and Kaber. The Komri had an upgrade with an aluminum pod replacing the original polymer one, Artikulat speakers were upgradeable to Klimax versions (including the 320) and numerous stand upgrades have been made all the way back to the Isobarik. Also the Dynamik upgrades for some of the Aktiv speakers, as has been mentioned. There were also electronic upgrades quite a ways back. These include the Bingo upgrade for the original Isobarik Aktiv crossover, the Dirak external power supply for that crossover and the LK1, a new chip for the Karik, power supply upgrades from transformer to Brilliant SMPS, later to Slimline SMPS for a large number of units. Of course all know that there have been numerous upgrades for the LP12. It is true that there were almost no upgrades for the disc spinners other than software and Dynamik on the UniDisks. Generally Linn didn't make major changes to these units until they were ready to release a different unit (although there were different versions of the Karik and the CD12 but those weren't offered as upgrades to my awareness). So Linn have done a lot of hardware upgrades over the years to a wide range of components, not to mention numerous software upgrades which are easier to implement. However, looking at that list it becomes obvious that the units for which they have offered upgrades have been top line and mid line products. Lower mid and entry level products are mostly notable by their absence, with the exception of SMPS or Dynamik power supplies. Majik gear, Axis, Basik turntable, Sekrits, Sneakys, pretty much any speaker below Espek level, etc. The main reason for this is it is generally just not cost effective to do upgrades to equipment where the upgrade cost gets close to replacement cost. As to the expense of the Klimax upgrades and the Akubarik upgrades, these have to do with a couple of things. Of course Klimax upgrades are going to be more expensive as they are higher level parts being replaced. But the other big parts of this are labor and shipping. The Kilmax 350a Exakt upgrades give a perfect example. To upgrade these the modules have to be removed by the dealer, Linn has to ship the dealer custom boxes to hold the modules, the dealer ships the boxed modules to Scotland at Linn's expense, Linn rebuilds the modules with a lot of parts and thoroughly test all the parts, including those not replaced and performs any other replacements that might be necessary as they give the entire module a new 5 year warranty, then Linn ships them back to the dealer who installs them back on the customer's speakers. All this shipping back and forth (especially from someplace like the US) is not cheap, nor is the labor involved in the rebuilds. The Klimax crossovers also have to go back to Linn as the casework needs re-machining (as do KDS units) to fit the new boards, so once again additional labor and shipping. Compare this to just shipping an Akurate crossover board to the dealer who then does the installation (and does not get paid extra for the labor), and you get a good idea of why the prices are so different. I think BB1s comparison of the percentage of original pricing states this quite well in a different way. Now as to the 530s and 520s and Katalyst upgrades I would have to say that these might happen but they might not. Note that it has been a period of years for the Katalyst to move down the line and only recently has it made it below the Akurate range, where the Series 5 obviously exist. So it may be possible that Linn will eventually release Katalyst for the Series 5. But the other consideration is that in order to create an upgraded version and to offer it as an upgrade for older units there has to be a reasonable expectation of return on the investment involved. So the question here is whether Linn has sold and is selling enough Series 5 speakers to make a revision and upgrade kit a profitable venture. On this I have no idea but I can say they haven't been flying out the door here. We have sold a few pair but they do tend to go to people who like them for their style and these are often not the people looking to upgrade their gear every few years. Just a couple of things to think about. As to the original topic? It will be introduced soon at the Linn store in Harrods and we were told that it will be exclusively there for 6 months, after that it will become available to regular Linn dealers. I haven't heard any inkling that this has changed, but you never know. I have no idea what it will be officially named, although I would be surprised if it came out with such a lackluster name as "Series 3". But it will end up being called the egg.
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    Neil Finn - Try Whistling This (1998) (Test Pressing rather than the official release).
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    Finally bought these, picking them up tomorrow. Another project, going to recap them and see what else can be done. Possibly get them re-finished along with new cloth covers. Pictures to follow. Any other info would be much appreciated.
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    The Beatles - Abbey Road (Super Deluxe Edition) 1969/2019 Tidal MQA This is the first time I’ve listened to Abbey Road
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    Beth Hart - War In My Mind 2019 Tidal MQA
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    With respect, as they say: I think this is the stuff for PM not forum response. You don't want to clutter the guy's sale.
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    Just had to show off the new deck..... classic Garrard 401 in homemade layered ply plinth with Acos Lustre GST-1 tonearm! Yummy
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    Final update........ for now! I ended up having to buy a small sheet of 5mm ply and cutting out a small section to fit inside the recess to raise the deck ever so slightly and make it easier to set the VTA right. I then decided that I like the layered ply look on the sides but wasn't keen on the red vaneer on the top board, so I sanded it back to plain birch, filled all the small holes and joints and sanded it all back smooth, then applied 3 coats of danish oil and voila! I think I'll give it a few months then give it another sanding with 800 grit and another few coats of oil. Job done.
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    Yep, shot and bird 😌
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    Focus - Moving Waves LP, first UK pressing
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    [1969] Jethro Tull ‎– Stand Up [2017 Steven Wilson remastered/reissued CD]
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    A cow in a lake! Cow in a lake by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE4* Hon LCPU, on Flickr Canon 5D4 + 70-200mm f/4L IS II, 1/500s @ f10, ISO200 raw.
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    Another Grey Wagtail, like buses... Wagtail-2.jpg by -DaveBailey1-
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    The Secretary bird Secretary bird by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/s DPAGB BPE4* Hon LCPU, on Flickr Canon 1D3 + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x, 1/1600s @ f5.6, ISO400
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    [1976] Genesis ‎– A Trick Of The Tail [LP]
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    [1973] Genesis ‎– Selling England By The Pound [LP]
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    Common Sandpiper: Common Sandpiper by Keith M, on Flickr
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    Regal by APM Photography, on Flickr
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    A bit distant but it's the first Grey Wagtail that I've got a shot of Grey Wagtail by Keith M, on Flickr
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    2019-09-17_08-33-51 by uh_simon, on Flickr 2019-09-16_10-05-52 by uh_simon, on Flickr
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    great thanks, didn't want to move all my kit and then find it sounds crap
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    We regularly hear them and occasionally disturb them as we walk around our back garden/field. They produce the most eerie noise - known as "winnowing" or "drumming" - during their courtship display - quite disconcerting on a quiet evening!
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    I guess I am thinking the lack of response to this latest project could be one of 3 reasons; a) you are all gob smacked by my genius b) you are waiting for me to get on with it and after I play my first record and the tonearm sweeps wildly across the surface and crashes into the centre spindle wrecking the cartridge, you will nod sagely and say “I knew that was going to happen” or, c) you are all on the Brexit thread! Anyway, still awaiting the bracket to arrive and had a re-think on the weights. I have now ordered some pear shaped 2oz carp fishing weights which, with being flatter in shape should give the clearance I need. Expect initial build pictures and first trials next weekend.
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    Thanks everyone - will just get some plugs and chop my existing cables down. Don’t know why I didn’t think of this myself... Glad I asked here!
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    I've made my own ....just because I can rather than expecting and sound improvement. Currently I have a mix of 'manufacturer' moulded IEC leads and a few of my own, will I change all of them to 'audiophile' ones ....NOOOO. Save your money and spend it on better kit or music
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    I'm using these Lindy ones from Amazon: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01G7JT65M/
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    Thanks Les. Bought the P1 from someone at work, the XF35 from MPB. Always loved this set-up, and whilst the P2 is (a lot) faster and more snappy in just about every dept, the old girl just has 'something'.
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    When this is going for a song, it's a wee bit hard to resist. Still - imvho - the combo... DSCF0154 by Boxertrixter, on Flickr
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    George at least I don't just see one side when it comes to violence. Let me ask you a question! If it had of been Nichola Sturgeon's head being paraded around on stage, how would you feel? I would condemn it without reservation.
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    Which way up they go rather depends on whether your view of the monarchy involves heads on spikes.
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    ooh you want to spend money! we can help with that, wammers love spending others ££, especially if the suggestions are over budget
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    Seems like a faff. Why not get drunk and screw up your cantilever the time honoured 'fun' way? Sent from my BLA-L09 using Tapatalk
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