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The Lenco is lovely, but clearly is a "hobby" to own, maintain, and love... It's sorta' like if you wanted to drive a '49 Mercury to work every day. You can do it but it's a commitment. Most people buy a nice little Camry [matching the color of their Rega Planar]. I have to wonder if the OP may, or may not, want to engage in such a deep program... More power to him!
That's a good question. I've had a few Duals so I'm not afraid of vintage gear. But I haven't picked up a soldering iron in 50 years. When something goes seriously wrong I usually take it into the shop. I also don't have the scratch for a new arm at this point if I'm buying the Lenco.
(1) can I assume the Lenco will be competitive with the arm it has (and my Dynavector mounted on it)?
(2) what kind of maintenance is involved in keeping it in shape as is?
If the Lenco is in a playable condition and you do not intend to change the
tonearm(which is the only time you may need a soldering iron) you do not need to solder anything.
The Dynavector 10X5 should be a good match for the original tonearm imo.
Both my Lencos have been essentially plug-n-play (Lenco guru Jean Nantais did the actual upgrading). Yep, cost way more than $500. Point is, I was mainly trying to upgrade from a tired Dual -- like the OP -- and augment my "good" table, a VPI TNT Mkl II. Ended up replacing the TNT because the modded Lenco was clearly better-sounding in every way that's important to me. So I replaced IT with another Lenco (same modder) enabling me to mount two tonearms. And 10 years later, I have no desire to move on to anything else.
So yes, I agree with you that owning a Lenco can become something more than owning a Rega Planer, if you let it do that. I don't consider it any kind of commitment, though, just a very satisfying thing that I enjoy a lot for what it is and does.
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