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an unfounded LP 12 opinion, with apologies

I never owned an LP12, only ever even saw one once, in a long ago showroom, but kind of mentally wrote them off after reading the ad campaigns published when they first hit the market, that emphasized the long Scottish tradition of excelling in machine work, as if I were a genetic trait.

I am a great one for skepticism, and while I did conceive that they might possibly machine the finest main platter bearing on the market at the time, what they were building was not unique except in the quality of execution. I couldn't afford one anyway, so my opinion was, and remains , inconsequential.

I recognize the value of institutional memory, but that ad campaign was kind of stretching it, especially since I was in Southern California, where people were machining parts for space stuff. And I was very familiar with fine optical and time instruments as a sailor, and from my brother's interest in telescopes.

It seems their products certainly outpaced my evaluation, but I am not surprised when a newer product displaces them in a system. It might be the finest execution of the old design thinking ever, but at those price points it seems to be almost a believers cult by now, where the amount of money required justifies the slavish allegiance to one design. At some point , it would seem you quit improving on the design and just start over, incorporating the new thinking. A lot of absolutely valid designs have become obsolete in performance, even when the task of record playing is unchanged.

I usually am banging on the advantages of low mass, but also try to make clear I value function over ideology . with that particular set up, I really thought the tone arm support bearing was advanced well beyond the conventional. I still lust over such a design, but my realistic needs would be sensible to match with how much time I really spend with my system, which is not a primary hobby.

Edits: 03/05/23

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