That's my question. I just bought an LP12 without arm; the Ekos I've been told can be finicky, also quite pricey. The Ittok has been recommended, but I'm wondering about the ubiquitous RB-300 and or 250, or variants. Or the new RB-808. Anyone out there have any experience with this? Thank you.
The Ekos is a great arm and no more "finicky" than the Ittok. The Ittok is a great value when compared to the Ekos. Ekos has closer tolerance bearing, resolves the upper and lower frequencies better. Not by an order of magnitude but cleaner to my ears.
I've had a few variants of the Rega arm and 2 Linn Ittoks. I would take the Ittok every day over the Regas. The Ittok is far far easier to set up than the Rega. That said, the Rega is a great arm and I can't see why it won't work on an LP12. I just wouldn't do it.
I had a Linn with a Rega 600 and the Ekos was far better, IMO. The Rega arm pillar is deeper than the Ekos and you may have to cut out part of the plinth support to clear it. Personally, I would bite the bullet and try to find an Ittok or Ekos.
Just get the Ittock LVII or the Ekos if you can afford it. Wait for it if you have to, it'll be worth it. Skip all the upgraded bullshit and you'll still have a great sounding table. I rebuilt 3 of them and I'm not mechanically inclined, and all 3 played great. Best of luck.