Diary of Linn LP 12

4 January 2007 - Unpacking

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The package was sent from UK on 28.12.06 and took 7days to arrive this afternoon.  Could be due to the new year holiday.

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The package is surprisingly small. It is the original Linn box which is said to worth 60GBP

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Removing the nylon pad reveals the upper compartment containing the lid cover, the center rotor, 2 hinges, and a pack of 6 armboard screws (not original) @ The upper compartment taken out of the carton box
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The lid is taken out and the center rotor is shown.  This compartment is supposed to house the tonearm assembly if purchased together. @ The LP 12 is seated in the lower compartment which is now taken out. The seller has put additional bubble foam sheet inside the plinth for protection.
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There is a defect noted on the installation of the top plate to the plinth though.  Too much force was used to drive the 2 securing screws into the plinth that they have caused a slight sinking on top plate. @ The sinking is more obvious in this view. Hope they won't affect the sound quality.@
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Another view of the LP 12.  Note how beautiful the rosewood plinth is. @ The workmanship in manufacturing the plinth is superb. It has to be seen to believe.
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At the bottom of the packing is the main platter and the felt @ The platter is in good shape, no rusting
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Removing the baseboard shows the upgraded Cirkus subchassis.  @ The Subchassis is quite new. The seller said it's 1 year old
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The P clip holding screw.  Note the removal of the paint on the cross bar, may be for grounding purpose. @ The springs are supposed new with the Cirkus kit
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The grounding wire.  Removal of the paint on the cross bar for maximum contact. @ The much talked about Cirkus bearing.  Some like it some don't. Well it is supposed to worth $8K.
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The only component that doesn't appear decent is the motor.  The pulley shows sign of heavy use. @ Another view of the worn out pulley.  It definitely needs a replacement.
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A Linn expert told me to check out the tip of the rotor shaft to see if there is any noticeable wearing.  This one shows a healthy shinning tip. @ The full view of the LP 12 once more.
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8   January 2007 - Installation of Power Supply Unit

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16 January - Ittok LV III tonearm

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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