Hi-Fi dealerships

Yes, it could be dangerous @GeeJay, must be disciplined…

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Geoff and Pete at Acoustica sent my best wishes for a gradual return to normal on the re-opening of the shop today.

Aw ra best, guys. :+1:


Funny you should mention an LP12. I seem to have ordered Keel, Urika, Radikal Klimax and Karousel all in one go for mine :grimacing: kerching!


Am auditioning a Rega P6 at Basically Sound, Norfolk next Tuesday. Am excited.


How much is a new LP12 ?

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I think that question is a bit like “How much is a new BMW or a new Jaguar?” The answer is “It all depends, but if you have to ask, you may not be able to afford it.”

My daughter buying a newish second-hand Land Rover Freelander asked about the fuel consumption. The salesman said “I don’t know off hand, but if you are worried about that, then don’t buy this car.” She bought it anyway.

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Excellent - I used to occasionally visit Basically Sound when I lived in Norfolk - couldn’t afford anything though because I was a student!

Have a great visit and audition of the Rega - hope it goes well!


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I raised this as my LP12 was reasonably high-spec years ago.

LP12/Cirkus/original Lingo/Linto (recenty serviced)/original Ekos and various cartridges from K9 through Arkiv and various OC-9s.

The black plinth I find boring these days and it’s a bit worn.

Quite tempted by the Karousel offer, but just wondering if I might be better off keeping my original and getting a new basic one with a few upgrades - could move the Ekos to a new one and stick an original Akito I have onto the old one.

Not sure if this makes sense but I’d likely go for a Keel or Kore/Karousel and maybe Lingo 4 or Radikal (no idea which).

I’d lose my old subchassis, Cirkus and Lingo which are still fine to my mind if I upgraded.

Might be nice to have a second LP12.

We have various ‘combo’ options at different price points - it would be nice to specify a plinth, choose a sub-chassis, and maybe re-use my Ekos - I’m just not sure if this is possible without buying basic options on the base model and wasting components that you instantly replace.

Ah well you can afford it then! A friend of mine bought a second LP12, basically because he could and wanted to.

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If you speak to a good fettler of lp12s I am sure they would be able to do that for you, possibly even using some used other bits that are superior to what you already have

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I just hate wasting things I already have - maybe old dealers or standard practice but whenever I upgraded anything from Linn years ago I was not offered the old components in return and wonder what became of them (Akito excepted when I got the Ekos) - maybe dealership re-use of Valhalla, original bearing etc was factored into upgrade costs, I don’t know, these days I wonder.

That’s exactly what I’m wondering - I’d quite like to change the plinth, Karousel is a no-brainer from the sounds of it and would likely get nothing in return for old Lingo/Cirkus so tempted to keep my old LP12 for another areas and go a bit more up to date generally (Ekos excepted).

Suspect I’m not alone in having lots of old redundant kit that ‘I might use one day’.

I have several pairs of speakers that I really ought to get rid of… on the subject of lp12s I just did a quick google and a basic lp12 without arm or cartridge seems to be about £1800 and with arm and cartridge around £3000. I think in your place I would be speaking to Peter Swain as he stocks used lp12 bits. I daresay other dealers may do that too but I don’t know if any. I am using Chris Brooks as he is more local for me (an hour’s drive rather than 3) but he doesn’t stock any used bits

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Thanks Tim - that was my inclination too - as much as the Karousel offer is tempting me not sure it’ll be feasible by the time the offer ends, but something to look into. Cheers.

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Another approach is the lp12 group on Facebook - a few people with decks and parts for sale on there from time to time - some dealers and enthusiastic / experienced amateurs On there

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Thanks George,
Bought a Nova during lockdown and a really pleased with it. Tony reckons the Rega will be a good match. Am moving from a trad system to streaming/vinyl only. Fingers crossed.

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Despite digitising the analogue input the Nova sounds fantastic with an analogue source - in many ways I rediscovered my vinyl via the Nova.

Bet it will sound great.

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My friend’s second LP12 was a pre-owned one with lots of cast off upgrades, just as you say.

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Yes, they may be old upgrades but they were still costly ones at the time and must be worth something to the owner not just spares on a dealer’s shelf! :slightly_smiling_face:

Don’t you just love a drop of smug arrogance! Goods with no price ticket (whether they fall within my budget or not) are pretty much automatically ignored by this shopper! I cannot imagine why anyone, regardless of the size of their wallet, would countenance any significant purchase without knowing the price.

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