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About ThomasOK

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  • Location
    Westland, MI USA
  • Real Name
    Thomas O'Keefe

Wigwam Info

  • Turn Table
    Linn LP12 Karousel
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Ekos SE/1, Kandid
  • SUT / Phono Stage
  • Digital Source 1
  • Digital Source 2
    Linn Kremlin
  • DAC
    ESI Gigaport HD+
  • Pre-Amp
    Lejonklou Sagatun Ms
  • Power Amp/s
    Lejonklou Tundra Ms
  • My Speakers
    Quad ESL
  • Headphones
    None currently
  • Trade Status
    I am in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I already recommended the Ninkas above and always found it to be an enjoyable speaker. It was definitely one of the best selling Linn speakers. I would recommend getting a later pair. The early ones had a tweeter with a plastic front plate and the three bars are plastic. This was changed fairly early to the same tweeter but with a metal faceplate and metal bars. The plastic bars give easily if you push them lightly to the side (but be gentle as they break very easily) the metal bars are quite solid. The metal face tweeter is definitely more musical.
  2. I totally disagree. I have tried numerous fancy power cables at all kinds of different price ranges and have yet to find one I prefer in my system over the stock cable Linn provides, which is a very good cable. I have found two cables I find more musical than the current Linn power cable. One is an older Linn power cable made by Longwell which was my reference for several years. The other is the most recent Lejonklou US AC cable made by Volex which is even better. My dealers seem to like them too as I have had a number of orders for a half dozen cables. None of these are expensive cables but they do musically outperform the other things I have tried.
  3. This wouldn't work for me as when my system is playing I find it too difficult to be stationary.
  4. Not necessarily for the better... We've always said it is easy to make a difference but much more difficult to make an improvement...
  5. I can't find anything concrete on this. I had thought that the Dynamik upgrade extended the warranty of all units it was installed in to an additional 5 years but I can't find anyplace where it says that. Back at the time I had asked our Linn rep for clarification on this and he said that info was thin on the ground but he found mention in two Linn announcement links he sent me. Unfortunately both links are now dead. Even if the extension was for the whole product, that started 12 years ago. I would doubt they want to extend the warranty on products that could be 10 or 15 years old. So even if it was the case then it might not be the case now. Best bet is to check directly with Linn if you are looking at Dynamik upgrades.
  6. I mainly knew the owner as they were just starting up at the time. In fact my first official job with Audiophile Systems was to train them on setting up the LP12 and set them up as a dealer. This is because I was living in Encinitas at the time they hired me and was about to move to Indianapolis to take the job with them. I see they have retired and are just selling off what they have left. Sad to see good stores go.
  7. Yep, I visited Gene on a dealer trip I did from San Diego up through San Francisco. Met with one of the sales people from Scotland in LA and took him to Disneyland for a day.
  8. Yes I worked for Audiophile Systems as their first National Sales Manager but I worked there in 1983/84. Then started my store after that. Unfortunately Precision Audio was one of the dealers I didn't get to visit at the time. One of the reasons I was hired was because they knew I had already drunk the Kool-Aid and didn't need any additional mind bending. However that didn't prevent them from taking me on a dealer trip to Glasgow and Salisbury for one of the more memorable experiences in my life.
  9. It is hard to say how much influence the British magazines had in the UK but in the US it was almost nil. At that time you could hardly find any in the bookstores so most people hardly knew they existed. Subscriptions were expensive and you had to hear about their existence somewhere and then search out how to get them. I originally found out about them as J. Gordon Holt, founder of The Stereophile, did an article "Reviewing the Reviewers" where he basically trashed the commercial US audio press (deservedly so) but gave high marks to a couple of British rags. Based on his recommendation I subscribed to Hi-Fi News and Record Review and started my long interest in British Hi-Fi equipment. I later subscribed to Popular Hi-Fi, Hi-Fi Answers and The Flat Response as well as having purchased those cool hardbound Hi-Fi Yearbooks for 1973 and 1974. The US press generally paid little attention to UK brands, preferring to act like Hi-Fi was invented in the US and Harry Pearson was definitely not a fan of the LP12. (I imagine his ego in the same room with Ivor would likely be rather incendiary!) I started selling Linn, Rega and others in February 1978 and, as John76 mentions, most customers had not heard of Linn, Naim, Rega, etc. They were usually aware of Dual, Onkyo, Polk and Nakamichi and maybe of Dahlquist, Hafler, etc. But everything was mostly sold by demonstration. In the mid 80s, after having worked a while as National Sales Manager for the Linn and Naim importer, the much missed Audiophile Systems, I started my own store in North County San Diego. On display I had a Rotel belt drive table, Rega Planar 2, Planar 3, Heybrook TT2 and several LP12s. The Regas, Heybrook and one of the LP12s had the Basik LV-X and Basik cartridge and the Rotel had the Basik cartridge too. Two other LP12s had an Ittok LVII and Basik and another Ittok and ASAK. So I could take you up the line with only the turntable changing from the Planar 2 to the LP12 and demonstrate the difference the arm and cartridge made as well. Rotel was my entry level line with quite decent receiver, integrated amp and cassette deck along with the turntable. I had the Wharfedale Diamond, Heybrook HB1, Kan, SARA and Isobarik for speakers. Electronics above the Rotel were the Creek CAS4040 and 3040 tuner, NAIM NAIT, 42 and 32.5, HICAP and the 110, 160, 250 and 135s. I had access to Tandberg through a dealer friend of mine when I needed a higher end tuner or cassette deck. It was a lot of fun being able to show people the differences things like turntables and electronics made and to have really fine systems from relatively cheap up through the best I had heard.
  10. It is worth doing it once just to find out for yourself that it absolutely doesn't work.
  11. I had a 12S and then a 32.5. I remember when Naim was developing the NAT01, which took a fair bit of time, that we used to kid that they just needed to figure out how to tune to other stations than the one the preamps already picked up!
  12. The way to do this is to hook up both the motor and Urika to one Radikal PSU (in this case the ARad) and start the platter. Then unplug the motor connector and plug it into the KRadikal and turn the motor on again. The Urika will now stay powered up until you power down the ARadikal. To answer another question, since I found two ARadikals were musically inferior to one I don't see how they could logically approach a single Klimax Radikal.
  13. You think so? We sold a Klimax LP12 this month, another one last month and the owner purchased one a few months ago. That is three from this dealer this year, and there are definitely bigger Linn dealers than us in the US. Now how many dealers does Linn have worldwide and how many would each on average have to sell to add up to 500? i'm also not sure that the Kandid number is still valid as that was quoted when they originally went into production, it might have improved with time. (Although it is still built by one person and the back orders might not indicate an improvement.) It is also important to remember that with the Naim we are talking about a new product, not one that has been around 48 years. As such they are filling up the demand from dealers and distributors for demos and for anticipated sales. That is a lot different from actual sales to customers, especially of an established product.
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