Just came on to my Facebook feed. Anyone know any details. Looks like an upgrade for all LP12s from Cirkus?
Damn I’d heard hints something was in the offing. I wonder how much this is going to set me back? There are details on the website. I got to it via Twitter. Unless it’s mental money I can see that flying off the shelves!
Blimey! Hopefully it will be worth that sort of money!
Lower noise floor?
Cheaper than a Radikal - sign me up!
Thanks all. £750 for a fundamental Linn part like this must be seen as being ‘relatively’ affordable. Karousel/Keel/Ekos will presumably have some synergy. It will be interesting if it changes the Linn as much as the Cirkus upgrade did all those years ago.
I wonder if the Tiger Paw Tranquility will be compatible? Or if the new bearing will be better without the TPT? At that price, being such a fundamental item, I suspect they’ll struggle to keep up with early demand if feedback is positive.
I never had my Tranquility fitted.
Think I’ll wait awhile!
@stuart.ashen - apparently the price includes the bearing, a new sub-platter and new springs, so it’s not too bad.
Oh no… here I go again… Keel isn’t a month old yet!
Yep - would have to include both parts of the bearing so that’s the inner platter as well. I bought a cirkus kit years ago for £350 IIRC and it came with outer bearing and inner platter, oil, springs and grommets, 2 belts, glued steel sub chassis and an armboard all nicely laid out in a full size carton.
It’s such a great marketing wheeze. I bet hardly any new LP12s are sold, but just think of the profit in selling a new bearing to all those thousands of existing owners. On the positive side I guess it has to be good that the performance can be elevated further for a relatively modest sum, modest in Linnland anyway.
Well I was going to get a new bearing when I upgrade the cartridge, mine being an original Cirkus from the mid-90s. And only a couple of hundred pounds more than the existing Cirkus bearing, this doesn’t seem too bad. I’ll have to plan a day in Rearsby.
Looks like a shoe-in at next fettling and cartridge replacement.
I’d only be interested in the new bearing if my existing cirkus bearing is showing any wear next time it’s checked. Or possibly if they offered the bearing as a kit that included the Kore at a good price. Or just leave well alone as it sounds great as is.
I imagine they are selling more now than 5 or 10 years ago, what with the resurgence of interest in vinyl.
Well, I bought mine in 2016 so my Cirkus is only four years old. I will await the reaction but unless it really is a massive improvement I am happy with what I have. What I find interesting is that I wouldn’t buy a pre Cirkus Linn because of the bloom in bass. Cirkus really addressed this for me. Will the new bearing be so radical? (Pun intended).
They’re spinning in their graves, at 33 1/3 rpm.
I bought my Cirkus in back in 1997, so I can see myself investigating this…
Then again, I wonder if Linn would suggest upgrading Kore to Keel first, and then Cirkus to Karousel?
If it costs a lot of money yes…hopefully your dealer is a little more considered in recommendations.
Buy the lot!! Boost the flagging economy.