Summary: I have owned my LP 12 for 15 years now and am quite satisfied. It's been through some changes in tonearm (RB300, then an RB600 and then an Ekos), cartridges (K9, Rega Exact, Troika and an Arkiv B) and power supplies (Basik then a Lingo). Current spec is LP12/crikus/trampolin/ekos/arkiv B/lIngo and I am quite pleased. The single biggest upgrade was the Lingo, followed closely by going from a Troika to an Arkiv B (yet the Troika is not without its charms).
Summary: It is hardly a secret that the earliest versions of this ’table were far from my expectations or affections. The initial quality of construction was poor, and, oh boy, was the LP12 ever susceptible to feedback. Nor did it exactly run on speed. But: It did have belt drive and, thanks to the religious fervor of its backers, taught all of us to listen to the “sound” of a turntable, which, believe me, in that sense, hardly anyone did before the Linn.
Summary: I own a linn lp12, which has been upgraded as funds have allowed. The deck spec is now as follows. A cirused lp12 with an armogeddon power supply, naim prefix powered by a hi-cap, naim aro tone arm and a dynavector 17D2 moving coil cartridge. This is amplified by a naim hi-cap 72/ 140 naturally. I can honestly say that this set up gives a true taste of high end performance.
Summary: This is an excellent turntable. I use an SME tonearm with it and every musical nuance comes through. The turntable has been working without fault for over 20 years. No rumble and speed control (pitch) is right on. It has never been in a repair shop. Once set up I have left it alone. This is the turntable that I recommend of all others that I have owned or heard over the last decades. Turntables that I have owned in the past.
Summary: The turntable I should never have bought! Was auditioned against a Roksan Xerxes back in 89. The dealer managed to make both decks sound bad, blaming my kit I'd brought along! The UK hype was so strong back then that I couldn't trust my ears and walk away, and selected the Linn with ITTOK arm. It must be good every one said so! The deck was delivered and still didn't sound good.
Summary: I bought my LP12 around 1994. Over the next six year I did every available upgrade to it. And then for the next thirteen years I just enjoyed it. Last year I took it in for a new cartridge and tune up. They brought it completely up to date and made it better than ever.
The LP12 is a very well balanced design.
Summary: Having owned the eponymous LP12 with Ittok II arm for 2 years now I feel able to comment on its qualities for those intending to pick up a nice used example of this turntable. The suspended design whilst considered at the forefront in its day has now, to my ears, been surpassed by other manufaturers such as Clearaudio, VPI and of course SME. I have noticed the wide range of comments in other reviews and feel that all of them can, in one way or another, be justified.
Summary: believe all the hype! i eventually acquired a linn sondek fitted with ittok arm and audio technica 440 cartridge and was amazed at the amount of detail revealed from ordinary recordings. my vinyl collection took on a new lease of life, and i continue adding to it. classical music recordings are particularly rewarding, especially as they can be picked up at ridiculously cheap prices these days.
Summary: Let me start with the bottom line: This is an excellent turntable. My set-up has the Cirkus bearing, Ittok tonearm, Valhalla power supply and a Shure V15VXMR cartridge. The stock tonearm cable was changed to a custom-made Discovery Plus 4. Now there are many newer tables available that may be better in engineering build quality and many are likely better against some standard of sound quality.