The LP12 rumor has been circulating for a few months now. I heard that the upgrade may consist of a one piece carbon fiber subchassis and tonearm board.
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If you check out the Naim forum or the pink fish media site, there has been great speculation (and even pictures) of the Keel, the new one-piece integrated subchassis/armboard assembley, fabricated of cast aluminum/titanium. Of course, there's also the upgraded Ekos, the Ekos SE, with a titanium armwand. The Keel is reputed to retail for around $3000 - silly expensive to keep the old codger in the same ballpark with the big boys (IMHO). Happy listening,
Spoke with my Linn dealer today. He just got back from CES. Update on pricing. The prices quoted earlier were a bit high. The Keel will come in at $3,000, the Ekos SE, $5,000.
Still high. But not quite as bad as previously thought. I will, of course, want to audition before making any kind of move...