The Linn Sondek LP12 Transcription Turntable

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Introduced in 1972, the Sondek LP12 was Linn’s first product and helped demonstrate that the most important element in any quality music system is the source of the music itself. Launched at a time when amplifiers and loudspeakers were seen as being most critical to the performance of any system, the Sondek LP12 showed that extracting more information from the record itself was the most critical challenge. Quite simply, information lost at the source is lost forever.

Since its introduction over 30 years ago the Sondek LP12 has been the turntable by which all others are judged and each component has been continuously improved to extract even more information from a vinyl record.

At the heart of the Sondek LP12 is Linn’s patented, low-noise, single-point bearing. This advanced yet simple bearing design ensures the smooth motion of the turntable and eliminates noise to ensure that all you hear is the music.

The high mass, perfectly balanced, belt-driven platter maintains speed stability, while the solid wood plinth, suspended sub-chassis and stable arm platform combine to provide freedom from vibration and acoustic feedback.

The combination of these precision-engineered components creates a turntable with an unequalled ability to provide pitch accurate, faithful reproduction of your cherished vinyl collection.

A partnering range of Linn tonearms and cartridges are available to ensure you get the maximum performance from your Sondek LP12.

The Sondek LP12 is available in a choice of high-quality real wood finishes. Our standard finishes are Black Ash, American Cherry, Maple, Rosenut or Walnut and we also offer a custom service for those who want a truly bespoke finish.

Sondek LP12 Features:

Introduction: 1972

Belt drive analogue turntable with 3-point suspension

2 pieces, made of non-magnetic Mazak 8
Production tolerance 0.025 mm,
optimal weight distribution

Platter mat: Felt

Main bearing:
1-Point bearing, mirror finish, oil bath

3 adjustable precision springs

Precious metal brushed DC motor with a moving coil rotor and high performance Neodymium magnets

High torque 24-Pol-Synchronous motor,
fully screened and mechanically decoupled
from main bearing

Neoprene flat belt, concentric precision
pulley (0.01 mm)

Power supply:
Various - see options below

Speed accuracy:

33 rpm, 45 rpm

H 140 mm x W 445 mm x D 356 mm
H 5.5 inches x W 17.5 inches x D 14 inches
Approximately 70mm required at rear
and 250mm above the unit to permit
opening of lid

10 kg (22 lbs)

Plinth finishes: Black Ash, American Cherry, Rosenut, Maple and Walnut

Sondek LP12 options, accessories and prices:

LP-12 Mechanical: Black Ash, Rosenut, Cherry, Maple. Walnut $3,200.00
Keel Upgrade: $3,250.00

Associated Accessories:

Lingo Power Supply:
Trampolin Isolation Base: $250.00
Solid Base: $200.00
Cirkus Upgrade: $720.00

Belt: $80.00
Oil Vial: $8.00
Hinge / each: $20.00
Mat: $30.00
Spring+Grommet Set: $25.00

50 hz Motor: $170.00
LP12 Dust Cover: $240.00
Trampolin Foot: $30.00
Cartridge Tags (4): $45.00

NOTE: When ordering an LP12 you must also order either the Solid Base kit or Trampolin kit, as well as a power supply.


Solid Base:
Trampolin/2 - Metal upgrade base for LP12 varations: $250.00

Sondek LP12 Tonearms, Phono Cartridges, Power Supplies and Pre-Amplifiers:

LP12 Tonearms and Phono Cartridges:
Ekos SE Tonearm
Akito II Tonearm
Akiva Phono Cartridge
Klyde Phono Cartridge
Adikt Phono Cartridge

LP12 Power Supplies and Pre-Amplifiers:

Linn Radikal DC Motor and Controller
Linn Urika Moving Coil Phono Power Supply
Uphorik MM/MC Phono Stage
Lingo 3 LP-12 Phono Power Supply


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