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Can an LP12 travel without total disassembly?

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Posted on October 10, 2020 at 19:20:59
eduardoo
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I'll be shipping my stuff, including an LP12, across the Atlantic via a relocation service soon.
While I understand that it's best practice to have the LP12 completely disassembled for shipping, perhaps it'll be easier ( for space and reassembly) if I just have it partly disassembled and packed well.
I'm thinking of having the arm and platter and subplatter removed, then perhaps remove the springs and have the nuts screwed in all the way to the top ( if that's possible) to "lock" the subchassis, and put in some cardboard/foam shims between the plinth and the armboard/top plate to restrict its horizontal movement.

Then the whole thing would of course be carefully packed.

Does it sound like a good enough alternative to total disassembly?

Thanks.

 

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RE: Can an LP12 travel without total disassembly?, posted on October 10, 2020 at 20:12:33
SgreenP@MSN.com
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Not at all...you'll bend/break things.....don't do it

 

RE: Can an LP12 travel without total disassembly?, posted on October 10, 2020 at 23:13:51
Dave Billinge
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I would second SgreenP - you are likely to damage the deck seriously.


Dave

 

RE: Can an LP12 travel without total disassembly?, posted on October 11, 2020 at 02:14:19
PAR
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You will need to remove the platter. Normally the subplatter does not need to be removed so long as it is raised so that the spindle/bearing point cannot touch the thrust plate in the bearing itself. Most people prop it up by wedging some polystyrene between the subplatter and top plate. Remove the counterweight from the arm and secure the arm to the rest with a wire twist.

However that is for relatively local moves. Across the Atlantic may require further attention. I would not remove the springs especially not to the top unless the recipient (or you) has been trained by Linn in how to assemble the turntable. Just having a go at it without knowledge will result in poor sound and one may as well have purchased a cheap plastic turntable.

My advice is also to use the original packing (buy it from the US distributor if you do not have it) as this provides the correct protection and allows the placement of the various parts that do need to be parted from the whole assembly. Then securely pack this in further and more sturdy packaging for the transit.

Overall I agree with Sgreen and Dave Billinge. Don't do it.

Re-reading your message it strikes me that this is not the result of a sale to a third party but that you are relocating to somewhere over here. Sell your LP12 and just ship the arm and cartridge. Then buy another LP12 over here. Or use the chance to investigate some other spinners.



"We need less, but better" - Dieter Rams

 

RE: Can an LP12 travel without total disassembly?, posted on October 11, 2020 at 16:50:54
JDK
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I road freighted mine from one side of Australia to the other and learnt the hard way.

I would recommend the following -
Remove the lid and pack separately.
Remove the inner and outer platters and pack each separately, place the bearing point of the inner platter in a protective cup of some kind.
Put a plug of some sort into the chassis bearing hole to stop the oil running everywhere and stop contamination getting in.
Remove arm counterweight and cartridge.
Tie the arm down to the armrest with a wire tie.
Pack very carefully.

Reassemble after cleaning and refilling with new Linn oil.




Keep Your Hands Clean,
John K

 

RE: Can an LP12 travel without total disassembly?, posted on October 12, 2020 at 18:33:59
eduardoo
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Thank you all.
Guess I might as well dissemble everything, as I will be putting in a cirkus upon reinstallation anyway. I did put together and tuned an LP12 before, so I guess I would be reasonably comfortable ( though it's still hard work) putting it together upon arrival.

 

RE: Can an LP12 travel without total disassembly?, posted on October 22, 2020 at 15:33:19
sktn77a@aol.com
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Don't do it. If you don't have the original packing materials, they are available for about $100.

Better safe than sorry

 

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