Diary of Linn LP 12

16 January 2007 - Ittok LVIII Tonearm

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The Linn Ittok LVIII Tonearm that will eventually be mounted to the LP 12 after testing with the SME IV
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I received another package from UK today.  It is from the same seller who sold me the LP 12.  @ He was kind enough to sell me this beautiful near mint condition Linn Ittok LVIII.  Indeed it was in excellent condition and is quite a hard to find tonearm nowadays.
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The Ittok III came with the armboard and the 3 original screws for mounting to the LP 12.  These screws are believed to be vital for energy dispersion, as I was told by Linn expert. @ The Ittok III is the latest generation prior to discontinuation.  Its design was reincarnated to Linn's flagship tonearm Ekos I which later upgrades to version II.  I was told that the Ittok III is nearly as good as the Ekos I.
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The main difference between the Ittok III and the Ekos is perhaps this set of bearing.  The Ekos's bearings are of much higher precision.  Otherwise, the outer appearance of the 2 tonearms are nearly identical. @ The  arm rest and the arm rise device are now in one complete assembly as the Ekos.
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The headshell is glued to the tonearm tube by special epoxy instead of mounting by screws as in the case of Ittok II. @ Likewise, the aluminum tonearm tube also is glued to the turret base.
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The arm rise which can be adjusted to suitable height @ The anti skate control and counterweight balance
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4 January 2007 - unpacking

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6 January 2007 - Change of Motor

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8 January 2007 - Installation of Power Supply Unit

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10 Febryary 2007 - Mounting of SME IV tonearm on LP 12

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18 February 2007 - Mounting of Ittok III tonearm on LP 12