The thing about the LP12 is that there is no specific part that can be said to be better than others. The entire unit functions as one, where all the different parts play their respective roles.

There are many other areas that you can get support and spares for. Top plates, bottom covers, power switches, lids – all these can be upgraded, or repaired. If your top plate is a bit scratched or dirty, we can guide you to the correct way to make them look like new again. There are many supporters of the LP12 that have designed their own components, right here in South Africa. Purchasing from them makes the effort they put in worthwile. In addition, with the current exchange rate, ordering items from abroad is simply prohibitively expensive for most. If they can be produced locally, and are on par with the official product, then I am not going to think twice about buying them. For most LP12 owners, there is no warranty left, and therefore you can experiment as much as you want.

Trust those that have done this, and maybe made a few mistakes along the way, to share their valuable experience.

Making the platter shiny again

It is possible. This worked for me.

A new sub-chassis, springs, armboard, top plate, and base – a look at the Dewaudio Starmap and Startrail Kit

One of our LP12 fundis, Dewald Visser, studied his LP12 and realised that there was tremendous potential to improve on the sub-chassis of older turntables. The diamond-shaped sub-chassis of the older units is made of pressed sheet steel. We know that Linn has addressed this with their later models. The problem is that this is prohibitively expensive in South Africa, due to the exchange rate. Dewald therefor decided to design his own unit.

LP12 Suspension: DewaudioStarmap and Starlink

LP12 Suspension: DewaudioStarmap and Starlink

LP12 Suspension: DewaudioStarmap and Starlink

Dewald calls his upgrades the Dewaudio Starmap and Startrail. Without giving too many details, what I saw on his turntable was the following:

  • A base plate in black, with access to the three suspension springs and nuts, and the tonearm cable. This allows the suspension to be levelled without removing the base, and also to remove the tonearm's cable.
  • A new suspension, which includes the main sub-chassis as well as a new armboard to match.
  • New springs, nuts, bolts, and grommets.
  • A new top plate, availble in black or silver.

I did not have enough time to spend with the turntable to assess the effect that the new components have. However, another LP12 owner has had all of these components installed and he claims a dramatically reduced noisefloor. Less noise is always a good thing.

You can have a look at the installation process here or below.