The “LP12 Modification Frenzy” (LP12MF for short) is the project that got me started on this blog. It consists of a lengthy and detailed step-by-step evaluation of the effect of upgrades and modifications to the subchassis, top plate, bearing, subplatter, cartridge, tonearm, and drive system of my Linn LP12, as well as a systems for cleaning records. I’ll use this page to organize my many blog posts into a coherent narrative.
- Beginning. My first post on the blog, in which I briefly preview the LP12MF
- In My Room, in which I describe my office/listening room and provide an overview of all my associated equipment
- The LP12 that I’m About to Dismember, which describes the story and the technical state of my LP12 in its pre-LP12MF state.
- Test Tracks, Test Albums, in which I describe in significant detail all the records and songs I’ll be listening to in the course of the LP12MF
- Summary of Effects. This is the page where I record brief, digestible, comparable reflections. It’s the most important single page to keep your eyes on.
Round Zero: Pre-Modification
- Listening Test: Before any modifications, in which I provide a comparison of my pre-modification “Base” setup and my digital setup. In the early part of the post, I explain my comparative listening methodology.
Round One: Mober Subchassis
- Installing the Mober Subchassis, in which I perform my first major modification of my Base LP12.
- Listening Test: Mober Subchassis, in which I discover that the Mober subchassis makes a considerable positive difference.
Round Two: Tiger Paw Khan Top Plate
- Installing the Tiger Paw Khan, in which I heavy-handedly force my 32-year-old afromosia plinth to accept a new aluminum top plate.
- Listening Test: Tiger Paw Khan, in which I discover that a machined aluminum top plate, too, can make quite a positive difference.
Round Three: Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaner Pro
- Washing Records with the Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaner Pro Ultrasonic and the Spin Clean, in which I explain how I wash discs and why I do it that way.
- Listening Test: Audio Desk Vinyl Cleaner Pro, in which I conclude that ultrasonic cleaning really does make records sound better.
Round Four: Linn Lingo 4
- Installing the Linn Lingo 4; or, Janinkess Reigns, in which I install Linn’s expensive-yet-janky “Akurate-level” power supply, whose noisy motor began to bother me shortly after installation (still not sure if it’s faulty or if all Lingo motors are noisy)
- Listening Test: Linn Lingo 4, in which I find that the Lingo made no improvement in my system, and reflect on whether it makes sense to do a listening test with a motor you suspect isn’t working correctly.
Round Five: SSP12
- Listening Test: SSP12, in which a cheap and easy-to-install inner platter makes my system sound much, much better, and thereby relieves much of the existential angst accumulated in the previous round.
Round Six: Dynavector XX-2 mkII
- Installing the Dynavector XX-2 mkII, in which I realize that my custom-made cartridge protractor is messed up and I probably won’t be able to get the XX-2 properly aligned.
- Listening Test: Dynavector XX-2 mkII, in which, unsurprisingly, I find that my probably-not-properly-aligned XX-2 sounds really horrible.
Round Seven: Linn Ekos 2 Tonearm and Kore Subchassis
- Installing the Linn Ekos 2 and Kore, in which I curse tonearm leads in cramped headshell and praise the stylish and well-made Ekos.