Well I guess from your other thread you have discoverd that the arm is not repairable. As mentioned in that thread I would look for a Trade-in EKOS or Akito since the
EKOS SE is out and the dealer may have some. Another is the Naim Aro. What is your budget? I wanted to add a Phantom to mine but the dealer says it is not a good fit due to the weight of the arm. The Sondek suspension will kind of limit your arm compatibility. I have the Ekos on mine and it is fine. I just wanted the Phantom for other reasons. If your budget is limited look in the Rega, Grahma Robin (if you can find one) for examples.
Thanks for your info.
Since I have a Sondek lp12, I am looking at a couple of Itokk's that are up for sale just to stay within the Linn family. The Ekos is so well regarded that it trades almost instantly after a post. If I change to a non Linn arm, do I have to buy a new arm board?
Dear Juan314: I don't know which tonearm is the best for that Linn TT but IMHO and before any answer about what I should ask if was you is: what tonearm makes a good match with my cartridge?, the relationship between tonearm/cartridge is critical and makes a " difference " for the better or bad depending on how good the tonearm match your cartridge.
Of course that you can do it in the way you are asking hopping that the tonearm recomendation will be a good match too to your cartridge.
I think that if you post which cartridge(s) you own then the Linn experts/owners can give you a precise answer that can cope in both ways: TT and cartridge.
Regards and enjoy the music,
roksan nima, a poor man's aro, is supposed to work well on an LP12. availibility in the US may be an issue, though.
Gracias Raul, and thanks Gordon. My system is quite humble. Have the LP12 with an Audiotecnica AT440MLA cartridge, which I was thinking in replacing. Also have a Dennon DL 103 which is brand new and can dispose very easy. The Linn is presently playable and have no hurry because the skip happens on very few albums. Therefore, I have quite a bit of time. I just want to get something that offers good value and good sound. I have looked at the arms posted in AG and found that it is almost better to buy a another TT and put the Linn on the block.
Juan as far as differnt armboard drilling locations for each arm I would again consult a Linn Dealer. If you want to be safe I would stay with Linn. Keep in mind any arm you re-mount on there other than a Akito will most likely require you have the suspension adjusted.
I am fixing up an older Linn and am replacing the Grace 707 [which is a good match] with a Jelco 750D. Some non Linn arms will use the same cut out as Linn,check specs on Vinyl Engine. I have used the Ittok, it is a good arm. I chose the Jelco to make it easier to change cartridges, as this is going to be a second table I was willing to give up a little performance for convenience.
You'll do just fine with the Ittok LV II. There is more of a difference between the Basic and Ittok than the Ittok and Ekos.
I use a Dynavector 10/5 MC with the Ittok. You can use your same armboard if staying with Linn. Also, so far, the the lengths are the same for each arm, so a custom Mint LP will be an excellent tool for mounting a cart. If you switch up to the Ekos, you can still use the mint LP.
Best LP12 I've heard so far was Aro/Keel with power supply upgrade.
My local dealer has been selling LP12's since the beginning. Every one of the guys who works there (except one) has a Graham arm on his LP12, either the 2.0 or 2.2. The one guy who doesn't has an Ittok because he can't afford the Graham. I find this quite interesting.
I had a Linn LP12 for about 20 years. The best arm I had on it was a Graham 2.2. I have heard Ittok's and Eko's (which I liked a lot), but the Graham will play with them. I have not heard the Naim Aro which is supposed to be very good on a Linn.
Not very common these days, but my Well Tempered arm works very well on my Linn.
The WTA arm is light enough not to bother the suspension of the table and
the benefits of no bearing on the arm are substantial IMHO.
Thank to all of you for such wonderful advice, and taking you time to help me with the problem. As somebody suggested I sent the arm to Scotland (Johnnie7) who replaced the bearings and it came back better than new. The charge was reasonable.