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About sktn77a

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    Linn Sondek LP12
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    Linn Ekos, Lyra Argo
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    Naim Stageline K
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    Naim HDX
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    Naim NAC 252
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    Naim NAP250.2
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  1. Sounds like current is getting to the motor from the lingo. You need to get it looked at.
  2. A crude method of speed adjustment. When I tried to correct the speed, the belt moved up or down on the pulley and scraped the guide. It sounded much better with just the 1-2% speed error.
  3. First thing to do is make sure the suspension is set up properly. When the suspension on my LP12 is bouncing up and down perfectly, I find the footfall problem is much alleviated. When it is out of adjustment and wobbles side to side with bounce test, I have all kinds of problems tip-toeing around the room (I have suspended floors). Once you have this sorted out, you can apply some of the suggestions made above.
  4. Well, it's a very early LP12 (early 1980s - you can tell by the metal belt guide and the sellers description). The serial number appears to be 34xxx (?) This would make it a "Nirvana" vintage, but not "Valhalla" vintage. It also has the mk1 Akito which wasn't the best incarnation of this arm. You could get it Cirkusized (ouch!) by a knowledgeable dealer, which would take care of most of the issues, but might make the total cost a little OTT. EDIT: I wouldn't pay any more than the opening bid. Good luck deciding.
  5. Thanks. That's only about 6 hours from me(!) Unfortunately, ThomasOK is too far to travel to get any LP12 work done
  6. The DAC in the Karik, though old, is probably as good, or better, than anything you're likely to find for €500. As stated above, it's the mechanics and optics on CD players that tend to go out, rather than the electronics. I'd stick with the Karik until it gives up the ghost or your budget can be increased for a replacement.
  7. Well, Goldring never built the Troika - they built the Klyde, which wasn't one of Linn's better cartridges. However, they will rebuild it completely. They rebuilt my Asaka a few years back but the sylus azimuth was way off. I can't speak to ESC, although I believe they only do re-tips. Not positive about that as I can't find a website for them anywhere.
  8. macfan: Mind sharing which dealer you are using to build up the new LP12?
  9. I'm 67 and have a Lyra Argo i ($2000) on my LP12, but it the last $2000 cartridge I will buy. For my declining years, I have a Stageline N, a (new) Shure M97xE, and two original N97xE replacement sylii in my drawer. They should see me off!!!
  10. Cable capacitance is a long-known issue with MMs but much less so with MCs. The longer the cable, the higher the capacitance. SME made small phono capacitance plugs in the late 60s and early 70s for use with their standard low capacitance arm cable when paired with the Shure V15/II.
  11. James: I agree with your diagnosis regarding the optical stage. The only thing the dealer might have done to cause this is messed with the grounding on the LP12. Not sure changing to a Valhalla is going to cure this. Just a question - why are you sending the signal through an ADC and then a DAC - that's got to be doing something unpleasant to the sound (not to mention the equalization)!
  12. The fact that Lyra, Koetsu, Kisiki, Dynavector, Shelter,etc, don't do it is probably worth considering (?)
  13. A top quality stylus, in a high quality turntable system, played on clean records, should last way more that 1200 hours. I've owned seven cartridges over the last 50 years, originally top of the line MMs (Shure M75E/II, Shure V15/III) and subsequently LOMCs (Denon 103D, Linn Asak, Linn Asaka, Lyra Argo and Lyra Argo i). None of these cartridges "wore out" (based on high powered light microscope evaluation) and most had about 2000+ hours on them - plenty more playing time left. They were either replaced because of cantilever damage (M75E/II, Lyra Argo) or just age. I don't know how long the non-stylus components of cartridges last (specifically, butyl suspension damping components) but after 8-10 years, the MCs invariably started sounding a bit "flat". Iused to play records about 1-2 hours a day. It's a bit of a luxury these days, though (I've digitized most of them and converted my CDs also - I use a NAIM HDX most of the time now). Tempus fugit!