Michell Gyro SE with a Rega tonearm is my favorite turntable set-up of all time.
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If the money is not that big a deal, I would box up the Linn and try the Avid. I loved my Linn, but when I went to the Basis, I realized the Linn imparted sort of a boxy coloration to the sound - not unpleasant, but noticeable once you have a turntable without it. The trick is to find a table that sounds neutral, but not cold like some do. Honestly, I don't think anyone can tell you whether you will prefer one to the other, but I think you should take the opportunity to branch out from the Linn and form your own opinion. You might end up being a Linnie for life, like so many others. Or not.
Thanks for the input. I have a friend that had a Avid Volvere and it was a fantastic TT. I've had my Linn for about 10 years but the cost of future upgrades economically are fairly prohibitive for me. The Linn has a nice sound but even w/the Cirkus upgrade the bottom is better but not quite there. Also wondering how good the Clearaudio Clarify arm is.
The Ittok is a damn good arm, IMO. If it's bottom you're looking for, I would consider experimenting with the shelves. I have never seen a turntable more affected by what it sits on. Mine was mounted on a wall shelf and we started with a plywood shelf I think. We then changed to a Neuance shelf and the setup guy looked at me, as if to say - "Are you kidding?" The whole bottom end opened up tremendously. So fool around with that if you're so inclined.
That is exactly what Linn says not to do. Try building a mini-shelf on top of the rack. Use a piece of Corian or whatever and put 3 or 4 cones under the shelf. I guarantee you'll hear a big difference. Better or worse? That's up to you. The Neuance was sort of a hollow piece of foam, sort of like a surfboard. It was about 2" thick and very light and rigid. But I also found that Corian worked well. Even glass on the Naim Fraim, which is usually a no-no.
I have a 1988 LP12. Ekos arm, Cirkus, Lingo 1, Trampoline 2, Lyra Kleos. Maintained it myself all these years with zero problems.
Took it to "Ovature Audio" in Ann Arbor MI. "Tom a longtime Linn setup guy" Drianed the oil, inspected the bearing, replaced with fresh oil, replaced the after market mat with a new felt mat, new Linn cable, new hinges,
said not to use the SOTA clamp any more and installed a new Lyra Kleos. Tuned it in the Linn manner.
Even though I never had a problem; when I got it home, it "Played the Tune" like it hadn't in years. I put it on the original lightweight Target stand that I bought with it and footfall problems disappeared.
I have a new Kuzma Stabi S with platter upgrade, power supply upgrade, 12" VTA arm , Dynavector XX2 mkII next to the LP12. Both ply at a high level with subtle differences but one does not outshine the other.
I am contemplating the Kore and Radikal. Yes, they are spendy. Also considering a Technics GAE modded with a 12" Triplanar arm.
Thinking about my retirement TT but after a tuneup by a Linn master; I would Not give it up. Just keep it in the collection.
I loved the wall shelf for my Linn. I had springy floors and the tt would go crazy if you looked at it the wrong way. I knew a wall shelf would be better, buty I was amazed at the degree of isolation. But if you're not having footfall problems, I don't know what the sonic benefit would be compared to some of the options listed above.