$1200 on a Keel? Waste of money! I am an LP12 owner and will never spend a cent on those exorbitantly priced "upgrades" from Linn!
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I know a lot of people who own LP12s. I've oned one myself since the late 80s. Personally I wouldn't even consider tweeking one myself. I am happy to pay an expert to do so for me once every five years or so. I disagree about Linn upgrades being a waste of money. I've heard the difference between the arms for instance and just can't imagine anyone thinking one arm to be as good as the other. But to each their own of course. I do though wonder why a guy would own an LP12 if he thinks any LP12 upgrade to be a farce. Why not just buy a different turntable?
s there anyone out there who can speak from actual experience about the upgraded keel?
i hate to say so but your opinions do not need to be highlighted by an exclamation mark at every opportunity.
maybe that is why so few end up taking anything you say seriously?
tone it down possibly.
broad sweeping statements along the lines of Linn upgrades are a waste of money is really not helpful to anybody.
This is the age of really great-performing turntables and a wide-open used table market. it's hard to fathom why that kind of money is being spent on a table that is far outperformed by used tables that cost only slightly more than the cost of the upgrade. And the upgraded table will still not perform better than those used tables.
I'd look around for a decent used table. Take the $1200 plus whatever you can scrape up selling the LP12 and use that on a better table.
So if you can't afford a decent table, buy what you can afford. My question isn't about your attachment to or availability of funding, It's simply about what you have heard and appreciated about good sound. I'm sorry if your audio tastes are limited to a modest budget. Mine are too I suppose but it would seem my budget is more robust than yours. I don't care so much about spending $1200 for an upgrade. I only care about buying a substantial upgrade for that money. I think I will be doing that if I buy the keel but I am hoping to get some advice from people here who know from having heard a demo and do not just base their opinion on bitterness over pricing they cannot afford.