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About cre009

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  • Birthday 21/02/1955

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    UK Bristol

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  • Turn Table
    LP12, 301, XA + 14
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Kinshaw + 3 others
  • Digital Source 1
    Linn Mimik
  • Pre-Amp
    Kinshaw Perception
  • Power Amp/s
    Lumley Reference ST4
  • My Speakers
    Heybrook HB1
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Excessive skipping is probably down to a resonance issue. Minor tweaking of the suspension may fix it. Otherwise relocation is probably in order.
  2. There are plenty of IIX owners on this forum and at Vinyl Engine who will help if needed. The maintenance should be straight forward unless there is an underlying issue such as motor noise. hum or channels not working.
  3. I added a Systemdek IIX 900 to my collection of turntables quite recently and found it to be relatively straight forward. Check the oil in the main bearing and probably top it up. Will probably be best to use a light machine oil that is additive free. Cant remember what the manufacturer recommended. Get the manuals from VinylEngine if you don't have them. Check the condition of the belt and consider replacement. Clean the existing belt if you intend to continue to use it. Check the pulley and inner platter for any detritus from the belt and clean the belt path. Check the suspension is level. The adjustment is from the top. Following adjustment check the belt is running true on the pulley. Also check platter rotation is 33.3 rpm. The suspension on the IIX is easy to adjust in comparison to say the Systemdek Transcription or Linn LP12 which can be very fussy. Review the stylus condition. Check cartridge tags and rca plugs are not tarnished and that the cartridge tags are securely located with no obvious wiring problems. Check arm dressing is ok and not interfering with the suspension.
  4. As a bit of further clarification - you may be confused by the colour of the can part of the cartridge which holds the internals. When they changed to the mg version the can was also changed to a grey surface from the silvery/gold tin finish used previously. The magnesium replaced the plastic used in the part of the cartridge which screws to the headshell. The plastic on the left is ribbed while the metal on the right is smooth and a different shape.
  5. The one on the right is the mg version. Mine weighs just over 6.3gm with stylus. I have 4 of the earlier version shown on the left and weighed one of them at just under 5.8gm with stylus.
  6. The A&R cartridge in the photo is the original. The mg version has a grey body finish rather than the gold finish and is about 0.5gm heavier.
  7. With arm and cartridge I would say £400 plus if sold complete though not sure how much to allocate to the plus which could push the value up a lot higher. The plinth is tatty and needs attention at the corner you have shown. The dust cover is tatty but appears to be un-cracked so should be functional. These indicate the deck is relatively unloved and so buyers will treat with caution. Do you have the box and packing? From the switch it appears to be a Valhalla power supply. If it rotates it is a good sign but it also depends on how well it rotates so should be checked with a strobe. The A&R cartridge will have value if the stylus is good. The arm will also have value if it functions properly. One simple test of the arm bearings would be to float the arm and see if there is any sticking if it is touched. If you try to sell via ebay then you will need to figure if you sell as working or repair and spares. If you can try the deck out in a friends system then that would help. Be aware that these need to be packed and transported with great care.
  8. I have been using a Linn K9 on my Systemdek Transcription recently and quite like it. For me this would bring the modern AT95 range of cartridges in as possibilities because the K9 was based on the AT95E. However the arm I have been using is a Manticore Musician so don't know how well the AT95VMs would work with the Helius arm. I am quite fond of the A&R E77 and P77 cartridges though less so with the cheaper C77. Cant recall if I used it on the Transcription though do have one on a Systemdek 11X 900 after Uzzy convinced me I should get one. The replacement stylus provided above is actually intended for Shure cartridges but can be shoe horned in. The one time I tried one I was not impressed because the stylus is more entry level whilst the stylus for E77 and P77 were much better quality. I would expect the box will indicate if it was an original Transcription or the later Systemdek 111. The later version came with a concave platter intended to work with a supplied record clamp.
  9. If you got the deck with SME for the £130 then you got a very good deal because the decks alone normally sale for around that. My understanding is these decks normally came with a different arm that allowed end of side arm lift. If the problem is intermittent then cleaning the pitch pots like Adam suggests may resolve it. My suggestion is to take the opportunity to learn the deck and how to set up the suspension and perform a service. It has some different features to the standard RD11 due to the DC operation but the sub chassis is similar.
  10. The Ariston RD11E uses a DC power supply/motor. My understanding is the early DC based decks tended to suffer a bit more from slowing under load compared with the AC decks of the era and so may be part of the issue here.
  11. cre009

    DIY LP-12 plinth

    Do they use glue as well as the dowels? I am about to have my own go at plinth building for a couple of DIY decks using components from Linn and AR. Got some Sapele for my first try.
  12. Options for pulley removal and suggested tools discussed here.
  13. Had a quick look at mine which is awaiting installation onto one of my decks. The serial is 0113xx which I recall I purchased installed on a Heybrook TT2 deck around 86. The serial is 6 digits rather than the 7 in yours. Not sure about the first digit in yours because they did not sell 9 million of the arms.
  14. My understanding is that the Linn pulleys are press fitted to the motors so are difficult but not impossible to remove. To remove them without damaging the motor or spindle requires the use of a suitable gear removal tool. Occasionally motors with issues show up on ebay and can be had relatively cheaply which would allow the pulley to be extracted. There were 2 that showed up over the last few weeks. I have only seen one extracted Linn pulley show up over the last year. Based on my own research I don't believe more than a few thousand RD11 decks were sold before they were replaced by the RD11s in late 74. The RD11s was often sold with a square cross section belt that required a different pulley. I have not tried it but it may be possible that a Thorens TD150 (or TD160) pulley would work. Ivor based his original prototype turntable on a TD150 and the platter dimensions of the TD150 and LP12 are very close with perhaps 1mm difference. I have seen TD150 pulleys available on UK ebay. The Thorens belts are narrower and belt thickness contributes to the speed so this would need to be considered. Just found out the Thorens motors rotate faster (375 rpm) than the motors used by Linn (250 rpm) so the pulley size will be different