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Linn LP12 Vintage Turntable with Upgrades and SME Tonearm

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Linn Lp12 Vintage Turntable With Upgrades And Sme Tonearm

Linn LP12 Vintage Turntable with Upgrades and SME Tonearm

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States



The LP12 is one of top 3 best selling turntable models due to its provenance, reliability, supple suspension, and great sound.

This is a classic Linn LP12 fitted with a gorgeous wood plinth (sorry I don't recognize the species but it's stunning), a great SME Series III tonearm, and a Hercules internal power supply capable of both 33 RPM and 45 RPM at the push of a button.

It's also fitted with upgraded Kimber Kable TAK-CU specialty series tonearm cables.

Optionally you can have us add and install a Sumiko Songbird cartridge which would be our top choice for a 'table of this caliber.

This 'table is spinning with precision, and the tonearm is tracking properly. 

Second Owner

Cosmetic Condition:
8/10 = Very Good. Excellent front faceplate, one minor flaw on chassis side or top. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and calibrated on our custom turntable calibration stand.

Will be packed using our highly developed in-house process and custom packing materials.

Testing Process:

First we try to identify any mechanical issues, particularly in the tonearm bearings. We check for freedom of movement or any resistance on both the horizontal and vertical range. There is a quick test for this which involves placing the table on its front edge and allowing the arm to swing freely like a pendulum. We then make any adjustments necessary to achieve minimal resistance and sometimes adjust the bearing pressure. On gimbal tonearms we inspect the cone tip with a magnifier.

We then assess the platter speed using one of several methods, the most accurate being playing a test tone on a test record and measuring the frequency output with a frequency counter or oscilloscope. We also utilize test equipment to measure the wow and flutter to ensure it is within spec. We do this for all speeds available for that particular model (33 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM).

Adjustments are then made to achieve proper speed which will vary depending on the turntable's drive design. Some require an adjustment of an internal or external potentiometer, some will require a pulley or motor adjustment. We also inspect the platter bearing to ensure it is properly lubricated, keeping in mind that some bearings don't require lubrication at all

We then inspect the power supply and address any issues with overworked capacitors, particularly on Linn and later Thorens machines which tend to need attention.

On fully mechanical vintage tables like the Thorens TD-124 and Garrard 301/401 we will go thought the entire mechanism. Then replace any worn parts and lubricate all components necessary to ensure smooth operation, speed change, and low mechanical noise. 

When fitting a new phono cartridge we will go through our detailed calibration process which can involve as many as 12 steps depending on the tonearm design. We perform this work on our custom turntable calibration rig which was developed in-house.

Some of these steps include:
• Pivot to Spindle Adjustment
• Tracing Force
• Anti-Skate
• Tonearm Height
• Lifter Height
• VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle)
• Azimuth
• Stylus Distance and Overhang

We then do a critical listening test using our test records and our test system to ensure proper sonics.

SKU: 105178