An interesting question and one which resonances with me.
I do suffer with depression along with stress and anxiety and have done for over 25 years. My depression has never been down to one thing. It’s always been a combination of factors, one of them being money.
My main passion all my life has been music and from my late teens Hi-Fi. My first ‘proper’ system was a full NAD set-up and a Rega Planar 2. After five years (?) I bought my first Linn system and it was all downhill from there…
Nearly twelve months ago I made the decision to sell my LP12 after many years ownership and after spending A LOT of money. Below is what I wrote to answer to a question ‘’Why would you sell your LP12?’’ put to me on another forum. It covers my Hi-Fi history, my relationship with the LP12/Linn, money and mental health:
After posting a few photos of my new deck (the Well Tempered Versalex) on the March acquisitions thread. I had a number of members express an interest. More precisely why I chose to sell my LP12?
I’ll try to go into why and my thoughts behind the decision.
Where to start? Ok back in 1994 I bought my first proper Hi-Fi system. A full NAD system, CD player, integrated amp and speakers. I also bought Rega Planar 2 and Creek Phono Stage.
After the demo of the above system. I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I asked the dealer what is was and he replied “That’s a LINN Sondek”. Intrigued I asked a few questions, mainly how much it cost. The prices were eye watering even back then. But it was too late. I was under the spell of the Sondek.
Although it was something I could only dream of owning, it was a goal of mine to own one.
Some young men (I was 23 at the time) aspire to own a Ferrari or Porsche. For me it was the LP12 with its fluted plinth and classic looks.
Move forward 9 years (2003) and I finally get the chance to buy one. I bought it second hand for £750.00. It had the Cirkus bearing, Akitio MK1 tone arm and Valhalla power supply and that classic fluted plinth.
OK so that was the beginning of my LP12 journey. 15 years on. Why have I decided to sell it?
Well over the last 15 years I’ve spent circa £15,000 on it.
I took my deck to the very highest spec possible (apart from the LINN cartridge). My deck had the Ekos SE tone arm, Keel sub chassis, Radikal power supply and Urika Phono stage. To buy the above deck brand new you wouldn’t get much change from £20,000.
For a number of years I enjoyed upgrading my deck and loved the improvements along the way but it got to a point where the upgrades started to get really expensive. I would justify the expenditure to myself but really it was getting out of hand.
This part of the post might seem a bit out of the blue but it’s a very fundamental part of why I sold the LP12.
I’ve suffered with depression since my mid-twenties. My depression is not caused by just one thing. It’s an amalgamation of a number of things. What I’ve found is I tend to eat my emotions (I’ll never win 'Slimmer of the Year ') and another way I react against my depression is to buy stuff.
Both of these coping mechanisms are greatly floored and shorted lived…
My relationship with the LP12 is not straight forward and quite complicated.
The upgrade path and the way the LP12 is designed can be a great way to improve your deck over a long period of time.
The other side of the coin is this. I never felt completely satisfied and was always looking at the next upgrade instead of just enjoying the deck and more importantly the music.
For the last 3-4 years I never even used my deck. It just represented a lot of money tied up in something I didn’t use or enjoy.
Over the last couple of years I’d got myself into some debt. Nothing major but I’d had enough of them hanging over me.
I decided to be proactive and look into either downgrading my LP12 or selling it altogether (amongst other things) to clear my debts…
I fell in love with the Well Tempered Versalex after I saw it featured in a HiFi mag around five years ago.
I’d read a number of LP12 owners had sold them and moved onto the Well Tempered decks and not regretted the decision.
I went for a couple of demos. The criteria for which were not to A-B decks. I just wanted to listen to decks and see if I enjoyed what they did.
By this time my mind was made up I was going to sell the LP12. Only a few weeks ago LINN announced more upgrades and my first thought was “thank God I’m selling it”.
The first demo was a lower spec’d LP12 and Rega P6. I still enjoyed the LP12 but I was surprised how good the Rega was.
The second demo was a revelation for a number reasons.
The decks demoed were the Rega RP8 and the WT Versalex. The rest of the set up was a Trilogy 906 Phono Stage, Naim Nova* (all-in-one streamer and amp) and Harbeth P3ERS speakers.
We listened briefly to the Rega RP8 (which did sound very good BTW) but moved swiftly on to the Versalex.
We started off with Jeff Buckley’s Grace. I told the dealer to put any side on. ‘Hallelujah’ floated out of the speakers and
within seconds I knew I had to have one. There was a flood of emotions, mainly excitement but also relief.
It’s fruitless to try to describe the presentation. I just loved the sound it made and how everything came together.
Another major selling point for me was the
lack of upgrades. You could buy another mat or power supply but that’s about it.
*I’ve been anti streaming/downloads and all-in-one systems but the Naim Nova changed my mind set. I’m looking at selling my Linn system and buying one. I was that impressed.
Which brings us up to today.
I had planned to sell LP12 off bit by bit but thankfully the dealer bought it off me complete at very good price. I bought the WT Versalex, Trilogy 906 and walked out with cash in my pocket. With the money from the deck and the money I’ve raised from other stuff I’ve cleared my debts.
Apologies for the rambling. I know it’s a bit all over the place.
Plus I’m writing this on my phone.
I hope I’ve come close to why I sold my LP12?
So there’s a glimpse into my world…’’the horror…the horror’’. Since then I’ve also decided to sell the rest of my Linn gear and hopefully by the end of this month I should be ‘Linn Free’.