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Shudder1
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Vintage Linn Sondek LP 12 or new entry level turntable (Rega, Pro-ject)?

I have recently come across a vintage Linn Sondek LP 12 with a Linn Basik LV X tonearm which may require a little work as the platter does not currently spin. I haven't seen the turntable in person yet, so I can't confirm whether or not the motor is spinning, whether it needs a new belt, etc. I also don't yet know what cartridge is installed or its condition. I currently have a Bang & Olufsen RX2 with the MMMC4 cartridge, and have been wanting to try something new. I have a few questions and I'm hoping someone here may have some advice:

1) What should I be looking for when I see the LP12 in person? I planned to see if the motor was working or frozen up, whether it was making any weird sounds, etc. Anything else I should be on the lookout for?
2) Assuming I needed to get a new motor for the turntable, what would the approximate value of it be? (Let's assume I have to replace the cartridge.) The turntable looks to be in pretty good shape (no gouges in the wood, etc.). Have I even given enough info here to make a value determination?
2) If given the chance to buy the LP12 for a good price (I'm guessing based on asking price, etc. it may be in the $500 range as is), would it be worth it to buy the LP12 and refurbish it, or would I be better off with a newer turntable, like a Rega Planar 1 or Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Esprit? I will NOT be doing any of the refurbishing myself, unless it's something very easy to do.

If I've missed some obvious things to think about or consider, please let me know that as well. I'm pretty much a novice when it comes to audio gear, but I like playing vinyl records and I want my system to sound as good as possible while still keeping it within my budget.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer! Very happy to be a new member of the forum.

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Shudder, I have owned 3 LP 12

Shudder, I have owned 3 LP 12's in the past. Back then it was one of the best you could buy but it was a frustrating turntable. The suspension is not well dampened. Things like foot falls drive it crazy. It is not really that well made and in ways is quite flimsy. Having said this it is not a bad sounding turntable under the right conditions. It has to be located on a very sturdy stand on concrete. If you get to see it take the outer platter off and remove the belt. Spin the inner platter. It should be frictionless and dead quiet. Turn the table on and the motor should spin. Now put everything back together and turn it on again. You said it does not work at all. If the inner platter spins freely it is not a bearing problem. If the motor spins but can't start the platter you have a weak motor. If the motor does not spin at all anything from the power cord to the motor could be wrong. Parts for Linns are not cheap. You could easily surpass the price of one of the other tables. I am always nervous about used items. Used items that do not work would not be on my radar screen especially on a budget. With a new table you know exactly what you are buying and how much you are going to spend.

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Thanks for the thorough reply

Thanks for the thorough reply! I think I'll stick with one of the newer, hassle free tables I've been researching.

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