Early Linn Sondek LP12 from 1974 Part 1

Early Linn Sondek LP12 from 1974 Part 1

Early Linn Sondek LP12 from 1974 Part 1

Today we received an early Sondek LP12 from 1974 for servicing. One owner since new. The turntable is near original specification and in overall excellent condition (under the dust and cobwebs)...

This will be the first service.... The pictures below are as we received it. Although this turntable could be upgraded towards a modern LP12 specification the idea for this one is to keep it as original as possible. Ready for the next 50 years (although slightly more frequent servicing is recommened). 

The completed service can be seen in Part 2.

The turntable has the original lid, fluted plinth and SME arm

Early LP12 from 1974

 The fluted plinth is in very good condition - given the age.

Early Sondek Fluted plinth

The heavy inner and outer platter. The bearing is bone dry...

Early LP12 Inner and Outer platter

Detail showing the serial number and the early bearing design.... 

Early LP12 bearing detail

Early Sondek plinths are fluted on all 4 sides with metal lid hinges.

Early LP12 Plinth - fluted on all 4 sides

SME Tonearm detail:

Early LP12 with SME tonearm

Early outer platter showing the felt around the rim. The original thick rubber matt can also be seen.

Early LP12 platter with felt

The orignial plinth design - no bracing or horizontal slots.

Early Sondek LP12 internals

Non-standard cobwebs and dead spider 'upgrades' shown here:

Sondek LP12

LP12 Motor detail:Early LP12 Motor detail

LP12 from 1974 for servicing at Ripcaster:

LINN Sondek LP12