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  • LP12MF: 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…

  • Record Shopping in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs

    In case anyone wondered whether I’m one of those people whose equipment is worth more than their record collection… I wish! I am, for better or (probably) worse, even more obsessed with records than with gear. Case in point: my recent two-week trip to Southern California. I used to live in San Diego, but I…

  • LP12MF Listening Test: 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…

  • LP12MF Listening Test: Before Any Modifications

    The LP12 Modification Frenzy has begun: I have swapped my Cirkus shuchassis + laminated armboard for a one-piece machined aluminum Mober subchassis. Before doing that, I did my first detailed listening test, so that I could have a reasonably well-described “before” position against which to analyze these upgrades. Methodology I’m an English professor, not a…

  • LP12MF: 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…

  • Test Tracks, Test Albums

    Things are all in place now to get started on my LP12 Modification Frenzy (as I’m calling it). I’ve got three subchassis (Mober, Linn Kore, Greenstreet), two tonearms (Linn Ekos 2 and Naim Aro), a top plate (Tiger Paw Khan), and two cartridges (Linn Troika and Dynavector XX-2). That’s a lot to play with. But…

  • 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…

  • Beginning

    For pretty much as long as I can remember, I’ve been into music and music gear. How I got into it, I have no memory. Some flashbacks to early days… The smell, almost the taste, of the pine cabinet where my father kept his stereo system — a Pioneer record player with a faux-wood veneer;…