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LP12 makes front cover of Stereophile

Discussion in 'audio' started by Tony L, May 16, 2022.

  1. sonddek

    sonddek Trade: SUPATRAC

  2. Weecrackpot

    Weecrackpot Frank made me do it.

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  3. The Bish

    The Bish pfm Member

  4. Weecrackpot

    Weecrackpot Frank made me do it.

    S’cuse my ignorance, had to Google Grand Moff Tarkin, agreed also it’s very cool,
    i missed that thread for some reason but too long to back track.
  5. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Aye, well, it engaged my 'Midge Ure Mode' as well, ie. "This means nothing to me..."

    Quick search reveals it to be another space hairdresser job. Yawn.

  6. Weecrackpot

    Weecrackpot Frank made me do it.

    That is hilarious, I’ve watched that clip 3 times already, spoken in a tongue I understand too.:D
  7. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    What are the specs of the two decks?
  8. RoA

    RoA pfm Member

    The audiophile equivelant of a tractor (and nearly as expensive but less useful).

    Arguably less pretty too.
  9. MVV

    MVV pfm Member

    Hey Mr Pig, I really value your posts. Yet that bit where you say "I do actually like the noise the LP12 makes" is my problem with it. Haven't read the Sterophile article but my guess is they like it because it has stopped doing the noise the LP12 used to make.
    It is a very comfortable look though and I loved mine and even so I can't go back unless I get dead rich.
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  10. sonddek

    sonddek Trade: SUPATRAC

    Yes, I think the black-painted skirt makes the plinth look more slender and elegant. More importantly, along with the flutes, the skirt makes it look more horizontal, and therefore stable, which is reassuring when you consider that at the slightest provocation it jumps around like a sun-stroked joey on a hot tin roof. That's why I put the flutes in the back of the Blackbird's death star thrust box - to continue that horizontal theme.

    As a teenager that fluted, skirted, horizontal look grabbed me, along with the widely-heard opinion that it was the best, and I saved up for a used one which I still have four decades later. Fluted afro with black skirt is a style icon IMO. I even prefer the old Optima (Ariston!) logotype on the armboard as it's more reminiscent of woodcuts, Scandinavian craft minimalism and the 1970s.


    It's good to see fluted back on the covers of magazines even if I wouldn't be so tempted to buy a new LP12 today.
  11. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    The LP12 is the Porsche 911 of turntables - an ancient design kept current by throwing expensive engineering at it.
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  12. denni55

    denni55 pfm Member

    Just had the Karousel/Lingo 4 upgrade done last week...New belt and Collaro mat ...its a worthwhile improvement....still in the 'ffs! stage" .
    I pushed to boat out properly this time,bought a Klimax DS/3 Katalyst as well!.
    That's her kitchen well and truly in the long grass!.
    My dealer says 'bring your KDS in and we'll let you hear what KDS Organik sounds like...
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  13. James

    James Lord of the Erg\o/s

    Fundamentally flawed, but such accomplished performers despite them.
  14. John

    John Rack’em Up!

    I have read where you mention the black skirt and I have to say I agree. Shame Linn chose not to do the black skirt on their new plinths. Your deck looks real nice with the arm! Well done.
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  15. Paul L

    Paul L coffee lounge for me

    I owned two and enjoyed them but if form follows function then it and many others such as Thorens, Systemdek, Pink Triangle and others do look like a fruit box. One of those expressions once learned then very hard to unlearn. Skeletal designs divide opinion but would seem to contain only those parts needed to make it work per the designer’s decision choices.

    I’m not talking about the sound of them, just how TTs look. Personally I like High end Rega, NA, Brinkmann, Michell and some others visually.
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  16. Weecrackpot

    Weecrackpot Frank made me do it.

    That LP12 above is proper handsome. :cool:
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  17. Miss Ariel

    Miss Ariel pfm Member


    Totally concur about fluted LP12's and back in the mid 1980's and wanting one bad as a teenager.
    I too thought that the Afromosia in that really washed out bleached wood was absolutely beautiful.And the combination of Ittok and Asak on it was something I aspired to.From listening at at my dealers and HiFI shows.
    Threw saving up from jobs I got my first LP12 a teak fluted plinth with LVX and a Ortofon VMS20 on it.
    Then part exed it for a black fluted one with Ittok and Karma.
    When the Roksan Xerxes came out .I sold it as the Xerxes sounded better.Only to sell it as the power supply kept blowing up and the paint on the plinth was flaking in places.

    The third and final LP12 which was given to me by a kind work mate 10 years ago who never used it as went streaming.Has been upgraded to Karousel and L4 and a Hana ML.

    I know there are better decks out there but the LP12 is still a superb deck.
    Last edited: May 18, 2022
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  18. sonddek

    sonddek Trade: SUPATRAC

    that'll be her wake in the long grass too, then.
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  19. paulbysea

    paulbysea pfm Member

    For me the fluted plinth is the best-looking version, my own version was built in 1979 and got it ex dem in 1981. Recently been serviced and sounds great.
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  20. John R

    John R pfm Member

    Afro. is black liner pre Circus, Sole VI sub-chassis, Rega RB 300 (all nice and shiny & internally rewired with copper silk covered Litz) with silver plated copper Van Damme external cables; AT 33PTG cartridge. Norton Airpower PS clone using a 60V/80V dual secondary custom built Canterbury windings Torroid and @Mike P's blue belt.

    Rosewood is updated to standard Circus spec with refreshed Valhalla (by Darran@Class A) with Ittok LVIII/b and AT 33PTG. New Motors on both.
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