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What’s is the best order for LP12 upgrades?

Wenge1

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I just bought my LP12 : Majik Krane MC + Trampolin + Lingo4

So it's normally a bit early to think about future upgrades. But I'm thinking about it because it's fun.

According to well-established recommendation, the best order is: bearing, power supply, sub chassis, arm, cart

In my case what would be the best upgrade?
- install Kore or Keel
- Replace Lingo4 with Radikal

Many congrats on your deck and the best advice at the moment would be to just enjoy it ......... (y)

But since you have asked and quoted me (and you have said it's fun for you) - I would still say definitely be saving for the Radikal. Your current deck is definitely good enough to show what it can do and it would give you the biggest improvement. Of course, it is a lot more money than a Kore which is better that the Majik sub-chassis. That being said the difference between a Kore and the Majik sub-chassis is not as great as that exists between a Radikal and a Lingo IMHO.
 

mskaye

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Assuming it already has a Karousel then Radikal next.
Biggest bang for buck would then be Kore depending on how far you want to go.
I am doing this a dot out of sequence but I felt I owed myself an Aro Kore. So I bought one! The sub-chassis was the weak link in my semi-state of the art 1989-ish LP12 (Karousel, Lingo 4, Kore, Krystal, circa 1990 Naim Aro...)
 
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sktn77a

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Sounds like a nicely balanced system. Any further upgrades are going to require a serious mortgage!!!
 

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I'm not the first to make this comparison, but I view the LP-12 as I do the Porsche 911.
Brilliant if not perfect in it's original design, but relentlessly and continually improved upon over it's life. I admire both products/companies for that.
And many 911 owners most often found that modifying their cars with aftermarket parts led to a reduction in net performance, much I suspect, like the LP-12.
Interesting analogy - there's nothing 'perfect' about sticking the motor the far side of the axle. There's something very stubborn though in then spending 60 years to perfect the motor being in the wrong place to start with! ( with the Le Mans winning GT1 - the nearest a 911 has got to winning LM outright - the motor is actually inboard of the rear axle!!). I've definitely spent more over the years 'upgrading' my LP12's than I've spent on go faster bits for my 911s. I've added they few bits over the years but interestingly the few that I have used has improved performance - and been none Porsche. I'm a bit the same with my LP12's - I've got very few non- Linn bits - but the ones that I have I do prefer.
 
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sktn77a

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Well, the early 911s had lethal oversteer so I'm sure the lawyers had a lot of input into what needed fixing!!!

;)
 
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orthobiz

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One person's a little more difficult is another's royal pain in the a... I have worked on one and am not a fan of trying to get the suspension adjusted properly.
Hey, that's my subchassis! TO'K did a great job with grace and aplomb and nary a grumble. While I knew in my heart it wasn't his cup of tea, my TT is humming along just fine now. I promise not to stray again, Tom. (hope your fingertips have recovered from all that twisting)
Paul

BTW, my first post so go easy on me LOL
 

mskaye

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I am doing this a dot out of sequence but I felt I owed myself an Aro Kore. So I bought one! The sub-chassis was the weak link in my semi-state of the art 1989-ish LP12 (Karousel, Lingo 4, Kore, Krystal, circa 1990 Naim Aro...)
Kore for the Aro installed! Sounds great. Lowered the noise floor. Music emerges from blacker silences is my main takeaway resulting in... more music and lovely musical singing quality to what I've been listening to. I have to say that I am perceiving way less record noise on everything I've played. It's obviously digging more music out of the grooves.
 

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