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 right.