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  1. From a post above by CJ1045: I've been using my time well I believe, keeping busy carrying out lots of things.....Including listening tests, using two otherwise almost identical Klimax LP12s at home. One Cirkus and one Karousel as in the picture and posting my findings. Today I have finished an Akurate level LP12 with Karousel for evaluation too, once it's run in. Never a dull moment for sure. Peter
  2. Hello JB, Thanks for the update and I'm pleased everything is sounding much better as it runs in. Always happy to help and respond in the best way I can. Particularly so given the current pandemic. Once the time is right and things return to normal I very much hope we will listen to some better phono stages, so as to ensure you are realising the full potential of your LP12 combination :) Best wishes, Peter
  3. Just in case you haven't heard about this elsewhere, you may find them of interest. https://www.cymbiosis.com/2020/03/linn-virtual-events/ Best regards, Peter
  4. Hello 9Designs, The OC9 is one of the new series from Audio Techinca. The OC9XEN is £300.00 and a peach of a cartridge at the price BTW but a serviced Lingo 1 and Kore with the new Majik arm is a nice combination and I was pleased with how it sounded, so firstly in these COVID19 restricted times there is a simple but good MC phono stage heading towards John so he can test this at home against the internal ADSM one. Once he tries it we hopefully will be able to narrow down what the issue is. Obviously, once we return back to normal we can/I can test the combination for John and work out what's going on. I believe John's ADSM is a 2016 model and so will still have some of the Linn parts warranty left on it should this become necessary. Anyway, a lot of ground covered and all this while we are closed for business courtesy of HM Government's COVID19 restrictions for non essential business! KR, Peter
  5. Thanks Johnny, I try my level best as always and it is a strange one and something that isn't helped by the COVID19 situation but we will find a way to resolve whatever the issue is. CJ read above. The LP12 was tested and was absolutely fine and sounding fab. - Only stick the knife in if there is proper justification please! KR Peter
  6. Johnny, all sounded well in the shop here. In the first instance I'd suggest giving me a ring when convenient as I am contactable. The Cymbiosis phone will divert to my mobile during works hours, otherwise please email me and I can call you if you prefer to discuss. KR Peter
  7. Contradiction alert! The standard/current Linn top plate that Linn manufactures these days, neither has the badge on it or a high price. It's available at £138.65 + VAT IMHO carbon fibre, Corian top plates all "change" the sound away from what was intended. They do not improve on what's there/we have currently IMHO. As Debs E said, there are some good top plates out there. Sadly Tiger Paw is no more now but the Tangerine is most certainly worth a listen....... KR, Peter
  8. Hello Ady, Great to hear you are enjoying the Keel upgrade so much in your system. IMHO single variable demos are always the best way to be sure about an upgrade is right for you. That's why although I have three LP12s which conform to the "Majik-Akurate-Klimax categorisation" I find it's always better to hear the specific upgrade in an A/B with the specification of everything else in the LP12s the same, as then it's much easier to quantify the musical benefits. Even when the demonstration system is different to your own as you found out. Enjoy! KR, Peter
  9. Gentlemen, firstly all anyone has to try it if they like it.... Great! if they don't then........ great too as at least they have been open to the idea that something may be better, preferable, different, call it what you want........ and if you wish to return it, then a refund upon return of the mat would be made. - OK. As for "key influencers" ...... Yes I have helped with many product and improvements to the LP12. I'm always happy to help the factory if I can. Keel for Aro, enlarged head-shell for the Ekos SE/1, the heavy counterweight and even the anti-skate mod improving SQ on later SE and SE/1 arms are all products resulting from dialog I have had with HQ and I have to say, they are so very helpful in this respect and have their ears and eyes open! (Unlike some here I see.) Additionally, I always flag anything to them that I consider may be a potential problem. In short, I have an excellent relationship with the factory and love the products and the people. I find comments that would portray this differently as offensive. Talking of "gang mentality". What do we have here on this thread with some of the language used. Just look at yourselves. It's unnecessary in my view and why not use your real names when posting about something that you believe in? Additionally, some here may not even use an LP12 so why comment in such a derogatory manner on something that surely is of little interest? With me, what you see is what you get. Like it or not. I will always work hard to ensure the best sound quality is achieved for clients. No blinkered views here unlike some! There are a couple of 3rd party manufacturers who do make in my opinion good/complementary products. I just try and sort the wheat from the chaff, that's all. Anything considered like this can only be sold by proper A/B demonstration so I will put my hand in my pocket and make it available for you guys to judge on if you wish. That is why I have more LP12s on demo than any other retailer on the planet. 22 currently, all set up to the best of my ability. Anyone remembering the old Linn Forum may remember me having run-ins with various 3rd party manufacturers as I would say what I thought about their products, good, bad or indifferent. That's the way I am and in my opinion, the only way to be. So, in summary, keep open minds please, judge for yourself and please don't slag a product unless you have tried it. The Collaro mat is a relatively low cost item that you might actually like if you give yourself the chance to hear it. Of course, with the interest/conversation generated about it, this could possibly mean that Linn themselves look at the mat again! Who knows? We already know the orientation of the mat is important as the two sides sound different. One side is better/more unlocking more music than the other. People poo, poo'd this initially, but now it is finally accepted as true. Set-up is of course crucial as always as a poorly set-up LP12 may not show the differences. Not snake oil, just fact but I appreciate that may not matter to some. Regards, Peter
  10. You are most welcome Smokestack and Linn_ and_IMF. Sadly I've found out having now checked that web archive, it's only good for the first 5 pages so I suggest you use the download document linked here https://www.cymbiosis.com/downloads/ as this won't vanish although it will be updated from time to time or if you need help, I'm on the LP12 FB groups a lot these days or just email me. KR Peter
  11. Hi, Thanks for your comments and contributions here. Moomintroll posted a link to my website for the distilled download document but I thought that I'd add that the old Linn Forum frozen in time is view-able here complete with the Q&A throughout the Set-up thread : https://web.archive.org/web/20160330173808/http:/forums.linn.co.uk/bb/forumdisplay.php?fid=8 Yes all those demo LP12s are used regularly so as clients can hear the individual Linn and some 3rd party upgrades individually, (just the one upgrade/variable under consideration at a time) as it make the whole process of understanding what an upgrade brings to the party and which one is the most important for the client, rather than having to juggle with getting ones head around multiple upgrades as normal when listening to Majik>Akurate>Klimax. Actually I have 22 LP12s here now so I ought to update the picture on the website when I get time KR Peter
  12. Yes David, the Lingo 4 has no re-set ability as it re-calibrates on start up. Thanks for everyone's input so far. KR Peter
  13. I am there and there's a great atmosphere and debate there. The new group is very new (couple of weeks old) and I am a member there too but the main group Linn Sondek LP12 with 4208 members is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LinnSondekLP12Group/ The FB format is not ideal but I'm yet to see anything that is but I've been posting pictures and videos there as well as answering questions generally for members. KR, Peter