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Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

I have just inherited a Linn LP12 deck which I am obviously extremely happy about! However, It does need a cartridge and my financial situation doesn't lend itself to spending the vast amounts of money that probably should be spent. Can anyone recommend a budget cartridge that isn't going to do the record player too much of a disservice?

I'm a newbie to all of this but am hoping to build up a good system over the next few years. The record player is probably a bit overkill for my needs but hey, I wouldn't want to refuse such an offer!

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Re: Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

Could you be more specific about what you mean by budget, ie: how much are we talking here and do you already have a phono preamp?

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Re: Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

Thanks for your reply...I guess something between

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Re: Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

Welcome to the forum, and welcome to Team Linn....

I am running my older LP12 still on a Linn K18 Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge. I am looking at a new Moving Coil (MC) cartridge from Dynavector (model 10x5) (380 USD) that has many great reviews for being a reasonable price.

A site : 10x5

And I will be looking at a Phono Preamp as well, which has not been decided on yet (the reason for my other thread).

Considering the currency given, you must be located in the UK (the land of Linn). I am betting that there are some stores around that could give you some direct advice as to your options for the price.

Not knowing anything else about your system or table it is hard to make blind recommendations. Here is a list of a lot of available needles in the US, don't worry they get cheaper as you go down.

Needle Doctor Cart List

There is also the issue of a Phono Preamp Amps(120v versions) (if your preamp/ receiver/ integrated amp, does not have a phono stage). So, you will have to really figure out a total budget to get yourself up and running.

Cartridge - > Phono Preamp -> interconnects - > the rest of your system

Good luck, but I would say research a little in your price range and go local for what you can get and get serviced.
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Re: Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

For a phono cartridge at the upper end of your budget, Sumiko Blue Point Special for MC and Grado Platinum for MM. It's kind of difficult to recommend something specific not knowing what price and selection differences you have in GB. An LP12 deserves the best cartridge and phono preamp you can afford plus another 15%.

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Re: Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

Linn Law....!!!!

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Re: Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

How can you guys recommend a cartridge when you don't know what arm he is using ?!?!?!?

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Re: Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

Thanks to everyone for the advice..looks like I have a bit of research to do on the cartridge plus preamp. Thanks for the pointers...

ben.

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Re: Budget cartridge for Linn LP12 ?

Yiangos has a good question. What kind of tonearm is on your LP12? We all assumed it was a Linn, but that may not be so.

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