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As an aside to the OP - apparently Johnnie at Audio Origami can service early Akito arms with potentially damaged bearings. I know little more, but anyone thus afflicted could give him a shout to see what can be done...
The whole 'religion' about LP12 set-up has been put about by some high-charging dealers to seemingly create a kind of mystique around themselves and the thing itself. Earlier models were all different though, from hardness of the plinth mounting blocks, to variations in springs and grommets. Yes, there is a skill in deciding the best bits for the the application - some errant suspensions can be tweaked well with selection of parts, others just fall together straight off for example - but if you do these decks regularly, you seem to get a 'feel' for what's needed or not. It is possible to tighten some LP12 parts up too much, so crushing takes place, although current plinths seem far better here, but it's common sense, not a bleedin' black art as some may have you believe. The P Clip and its preparation is another area many 80's dealers got wrong (I was well taught in this aspect forty years ago and shown how not doing it right could mess with the sonics) - doesn't matter how tight the fixing nut is, if the clip isn't holding the cable inside it properly... - you get the picture hopefully.
Thing is, there are decks out there that don't need any of the above bullshine to sound seriously good, but somehow, a good few of us LIKE the way the LP12 has with the music and the way its excesses of thirty odd years ago have been successively and progressively tamed in current models, even the majik version, without losing that 'something' that long-term owners love about it. Vinyl's an odd source and highly characterful in the mastering/cutting process long before the vinyl end product softens/sweetens it further, so sometimes, a deck like the LP12 can 'finish off' the process to gel all the elements together, which other makes don't often do as successfully (I'm being careful in what I say here, but have done many comparisons with decks of various types and also comparisons with the master source and I do know what the 'typical' LP12 does and doesn't do in comparison with other top decks).
Just my tuppence worth, when all's said and done.
I am using KKXovers. I cant remember what the settings are exactly but will look for you but as you say its not easy to see (I am sure extension was set to MAX!)! Are you using a DS with SO? I have found that SO (either version 1 or 2) was essential to get my speakers sounding OK - my room is far from ideal so I am sure the sound is still not perfect. Without SO the bass was very boomy...
Is anyone else using Keltik Klimax Crossovers? I know it’s room dependant, but I’m curious what settings are being used for the treble, bass and bass extension as I’m having a hard time finding a happy medium.
Right now, the speakers sound a little “closed in”, for lack of a better way to say it.
I wouldn’t mind experimenting but the dials are such a pain in the ass to get to! It was way easier taking the cover off the Klouts to fool around with the mono cards!
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