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  • Installing the Linn Lingo 4; or, Jankiness Reigns

    It’s been a pretty exciting few weeks over here, what with the arrival of the Audio Desk ultrasonic cleaner and all. I’m still slowly making my way through my pile of not-yet-ultrasonic vinyl — I’ve washed a little over a hundred records now — and continue to have some pretty startling Oh-THAT’S-how-this-record-is-supposed-to-sound moments. But I missed…

  • Listening Test #4: Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaner Pro Ultrasonic

    In this, my most ambitious Listening Test to date, I test whether the Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaner Pro ultrasonic cleaner makes records sound better. If you’re curious about how and why I bought the Audio Desk, and what exactly my cleaning system is, please check out my post “Washing Records with the Audio Desk Vinyl…

  • Listening Test #3: Tiger Paw Khan Top Plate

    A few weeks ago, I swapped out the stock stainless steel top plate from my Linn LP12 and installed an aluminum Tiger Paw Khan in its place. You can read about the installation process for the Khan, and check out my listening methodology. Full listening impressions on the Khan-modified LP12 are below; digestible, numerical summaries…

  • Installing the Tiger Paw Khan Top Plate

    Well, I maybe wasn’t quite as excited about this as I was about installing the Mober subchassis — this was my second major bit of hifi DIY (say it out loud), so some the novelty had worn off. But still, I was pretty excited. This is a pretty fundamental upgrade and there were lots and…

  • Listening Test #2: Mober Subchassis

    Below you’ll find all my listening notes for my first “modification”: the replacement of the pressed steel Cirkus subchassis + laminated armboard with the machined aluminum Mober one-piece armboard/subchassis. You can read about the installation process of the Mober. You can read all about the “pre-modification” Base setup. You can read about my listening methodology…

  • Installing the Mober Subchassis

    Oh how I have been anticipating and dreading this day! Ever since I got the idea to systematically unbuild and rebuild my LP12, it’s all been leading here. I ordered a bunch of parts. I ordered an LP12 jig (something I’ve been dreaming of since I was a teenager, fml). I downloaded Peter Swain’s LP12…

  • Physical Comparison of Three LP12 Subchassis: Linn Kore, Greenstreet, Mober

    I find myself in an unsual position: I have three different LP12 subchassis in my possession, none actually installed in a turntable. I doubt very many hifi shops in the world have similar bounties — and if they do have three, they’re probably the three Linn models, not these ones. So why not take advantage…

  • The LP12 that I’m About to Dismember

    It’s just about time to start on my big LP12 overhaul. I’ve got a bunch of parts in hand and some more in the mail. I’ve put a post up on Pinkfishmedia describing my project and soliciting advice on the order in which to proceed (naturally enough, this quickly devolved into a debate about the…

  • In My Room

    Everyone wants a room of their own to decorate according to their taste, fill with their favourite stuff, hang out in, work. But probably especially fans of The Beach Boys and Virginia Woolf like me. As described in my fragmentary first post, the first thing I started obsessing over when we bought our house was…