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Linn LP12 Transcription Turntable with Ittok Arm and New Sumiko Songbird

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Linn Lp12 Transcription Turntable With Ittok Arm And New Sumiko Songbird

Linn LP12 Transcription Turntable with Ittok Arm and New Sumiko Songbird

SkyFi 479

Pickup currently unavailable

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


Classic and legendary 'table from Linn, the LP12 has been in production for decades and is one of the most customizable 'tables ever made. 

This LP12, in mostly stock form, features the venerable Linn Ittok II arm. It also has the smoked acrylic dust cover which makes it look amazing even when idle.

I have tuned this 'table to perfection using the best tools available, including a Linn tuning and spring adjustment table, Fozgometer azimuth meter, Pro-Ject brand protractor, oscilloscope, and a plethora of test LP's.

Cosmetically the 'table is very nice considering its age. The wood finish is lush and free from significant fading or discoloration, and the tonearm is intact. The cover has the usual light scratches and swirls but nothing too bad. 

Included is the LP12 turntable, tonearm, cover, Sumiko Songbird moving-coil high output phono cartridge (compatible with preamps that have moving-magnet inputs), RCA phono cables, and rare Operation and Service Manuals!

One of the most complete collections we've ever seen. 

Other cartridges are available, just pick one from our inventory or call us to spec the best choice for you.

Single Owner

RCA outputs with captive power cord and grounding cable.

General Sound:
Accurate to the recording

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.

Exactly as pictured and described above.

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 asses the platter speed by using one of several methods, the most accuse is a playing a test tone on a test record and measuring the frequency out put with a frequency counter or oscilloscope.  We also utilize test equipment to measure the wow and flutter to ensure its within spec.  We do this for all speeds available for that particular model.  Adjustments are then made to achieve proper speed which will vary depending on table 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 its properly lubricated keeping in mind that some 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 TD124 and Garrard 301/401 we will go thought the entire mechanism, replace any worn parts and lubricate all components necessary to ensure smooth operation, speed change and low mechanical noise.

When fitting a new cartridge we will go through our detailed calibration process which can involve as many as 12 steps depending on the arm 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


• 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: 105027