Hi, Ulf: If I were advising a close friend, I would tell them NOT to buy an old Linn LP-12. Even when they were new, LP-12's required a lot of on-going tweaking to maintain their performance. Given the number of really good turntables that you could consider, I'd urge you (if you were a close friend) to add a little money to your budget and think about a new Rega with Rega RB300 arm, or a new VPI HW-19 Junior. Since you are apparently willing to buy a used TT, you should also consider a VPI HW-19 Mk3; Basis; Oracle; or Kuzma. For the tonearm, there is probably no better inexpensive model than the Rega RB300, although a used Rega RB600 is a fine buy. VPI has also supplied AudioQuest PT-6 arms with their tables, and there is also au upscale version called the PT-9. Most of the other arms that come to mind (Graham, etc.) are going to cost considerably more. As a final option, I'd also seriously consider the Thorens line. They make an excellent TT which has its own arm.
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