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£300 - £400 (maybe a bit more) dependant on condition and how well you 'sell' them (based on ePay results)
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wiltshireman wrote: Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:10 am I am now wondering how much I might be able to raise with my Circus and Tranquility.
I'm trying to decide what to do with my Cirkus and Tranquility. I planned to put them on my 'cooking" LP12 in the study, and sell or PX the older Cirkus on that deck. Now I'm thinking, just bite the bullet, get a new LP12 with Karousel for the study, transfer some bits and sell the rest.
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Red Chris wrote: Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:42 am
wiltshireman wrote: Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:10 am I am now wondering how much I might be able to raise with my Circus and Tranquility.
I'm trying to decide what to do with my Cirkus and Tranquility. I planned to put them on my 'cooking" LP12 in the study, and sell or PX the older Cirkus on that deck. Now I'm thinking, just bite the bullet, get a new LP12 with Karousel for the study, transfer some bits and sell the rest.
Choices choices - wonder how Etna SL will sound with that Karousel bearing? :smt020
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Yesterday I drove up the Fosse Way to Cymbiosis for the Cirkus-Karousel bearing upgrade. It’s the first time I’ve been there in these times of Covid. I had planned to go and listen to the Karousel and Kandid back in March, when Linn initially offered the ‘free’ Karousel deal, but unfortunately that got cancelled owing to lockdown. But as it seems the offer is back on, I thought I’d better get on with it.

We started by listening to two Magic spec LP12s, one with Cirkus, the other with Karousel, but Peter didn’t tell me which was which. I chose to hear the first track, Pharaoh’s Dance, from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew. There was a lot of noise apparent during the quiet introduction, which was a bit disappointing, but I guessed this was an album often played, which would account for the noisy surface. However, when it was played on the second turntable, it became a lot quieter and far more listenable. After I’d declared my thoughts, Peter confirmed that the second unit was indeed fitted with the Karousel. Does that mean that all these years of listening quite happily to the Cirkus, a considerable part of the noise was due to the bearing?

Peter then took the Magic decks out and brought in one closer to the build spec of my LP12, although fitted with a Karousel and, like mine, an Aro, so that I could hear different cartridges. We started out with a Krystal, being the same as mine, and played Birdland, the first track from Weather Report’s Heavy Weather album. This is a track I know well, but here it really cooked! The arm was swapped to one fitted with a Kandid - the Kandid would have triggered the free Karousel offer. I found this to be quite noticeably more revealing than the Krystal, seeming to give more space between notes, the music seeming less congested.

The Kandid arm was then swapped to one fitted with a Lyra Kleos (actually the SL version), but although pleasant, lacked the incisive nature of the Kandid. Leading and trailing edges of notes were more slurred and so the space which the Kandid created was lost.

Next up was the Kandid again to confirm my views and finally back to the Krystal. It confirmed my feeling that I really ought to buy the Kandid and thereby get the Karousel ‘free’. However, there was also in my mind a significant expense I have coming up and cash flow thoughts led me to choose simply to buy the Karousel and live with the Krystal. However, roadworks on the Fosse Way increased the drive home to three and a half hours, which was long enough for me to realise that I’d made the wrong decision - the Kandid was too good to ignore. It looks like I’ve got another trip to Rearsby in the near future, particularly if I’m to benefit from the offer!
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evil_C wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:35 pm Yesterday I drove up the Fosse Way to Cymbiosis for the Cirkus-Karousel bearing upgrade. It’s the first time I’ve been there in these times of Covid. I had planned to go and listen to the Karousel and Kandid back in March, when Linn initially offered the ‘free’ Karousel deal, but unfortunately that got cancelled owing to lockdown. But as it seems the offer is back on, I thought I’d better get on with it.

We started by listening to two Magic spec LP12s, one with Cirkus, the other with Karousel, but Peter didn’t tell me which was which. I chose to hear the first track, Pharaoh’s Dance, from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew. There was a lot of noise apparent during the quiet introduction, which was a bit disappointing, but I guessed this was an album often played, which would account for the noisy surface. However, when it was played on the second turntable, it became a lot quieter and far more listenable. After I’d declared my thoughts, Peter confirmed that the second unit was indeed fitted with the Karousel. Does that mean that all these years of listening quite happily to the Cirkus, a considerable part of the noise was due to the bearing?

Peter then took the Magic decks out and brought in one closer to the build spec of my LP12, although fitted with a Karousel and, like mine, an Aro, so that I could hear different cartridges. We started out with a Krystal, being the same as mine, and played Birdland, the first track from Weather Report’s Heavy Weather album. This is a track I know well, but here it really cooked! The arm was swapped to one fitted with a Kandid - the Kandid would have triggered the free Karousel offer. I found this to be quite noticeably more revealing than the Krystal, seeming to give more space between notes, the music seeming less congested.

The Kandid arm was then swapped to one fitted with a Lyra Kleos (actually the SL version), but although pleasant, lacked the incisive nature of the Kandid. Leading and trailing edges of notes were more slurred and so the space which the Kandid created was lost.

Next up was the Kandid again to confirm my views and finally back to the Krystal. It confirmed my feeling that I really ought to buy the Kandid and thereby get the Karousel ‘free’. However, there was also in my mind a significant expense I have coming up and cash flow thoughts led me to choose simply to buy the Karousel and live with the Krystal. However, roadworks on the Fosse Way increased the drive home to three and a half hours, which was long enough for me to realise that I’d made the wrong decision - the Kandid was too good to ignore. It looks like I’ve got another trip to Rearsby in the near future, particularly if I’m to benefit from the offer!
Brilliant write up. I recognised when you realise that not getting the Kandid may have been a mistake. My wife was the best because she just said get it you’ll only regret it and get it later so get it and enjoy it now. Enjoy refunding your music again.
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Scooter wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:06 pm
evil_C wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:35 pm Yesterday I drove up the Fosse Way to Cymbiosis for the Cirkus-Karousel bearing upgrade. It’s the first time I’ve been there in these times of Covid. I had planned to go and listen to the Karousel and Kandid back in March, when Linn initially offered the ‘free’ Karousel deal, but unfortunately that got cancelled owing to lockdown. But as it seems the offer is back on, I thought I’d better get on with it.

We started by listening to two Magic spec LP12s, one with Cirkus, the other with Karousel, but Peter didn’t tell me which was which. I chose to hear the first track, Pharaoh’s Dance, from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew. There was a lot of noise apparent during the quiet introduction, which was a bit disappointing, but I guessed this was an album often played, which would account for the noisy surface. However, when it was played on the second turntable, it became a lot quieter and far more listenable. After I’d declared my thoughts, Peter confirmed that the second unit was indeed fitted with the Karousel. Does that mean that all these years of listening quite happily to the Cirkus, a considerable part of the noise was due to the bearing?

Peter then took the Magic decks out and brought in one closer to the build spec of my LP12, although fitted with a Karousel and, like mine, an Aro, so that I could hear different cartridges. We started out with a Krystal, being the same as mine, and played Birdland, the first track from Weather Report’s Heavy Weather album. This is a track I know well, but here it really cooked! The arm was swapped to one fitted with a Kandid - the Kandid would have triggered the free Karousel offer. I found this to be quite noticeably more revealing than the Krystal, seeming to give more space between notes, the music seeming less congested.

The Kandid arm was then swapped to one fitted with a Lyra Kleos (actually the SL version), but although pleasant, lacked the incisive nature of the Kandid. Leading and trailing edges of notes were more slurred and so the space which the Kandid created was lost.

Next up was the Kandid again to confirm my views and finally back to the Krystal. It confirmed my feeling that I really ought to buy the Kandid and thereby get the Karousel ‘free’. However, there was also in my mind a significant expense I have coming up and cash flow thoughts led me to choose simply to buy the Karousel and live with the Krystal. However, roadworks on the Fosse Way increased the drive home to three and a half hours, which was long enough for me to realise that I’d made the wrong decision - the Kandid was too good to ignore. It looks like I’ve got another trip to Rearsby in the near future, particularly if I’m to benefit from the offer!
Brilliant write up. I recognised when you realise that not getting the Kandid may have been a mistake. My wife was the best because she just said get it you’ll only regret it and get it later so get it and enjoy it now. Enjoy refunding your music again.
Diane said something similar but her words were “I couldn’t stand looking at your gob”. :roll:
Bite the bullet a go for it Clive my only problem is I’ve bought tons of vinyl since. 8)
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evil_C wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:35 pm Yesterday I drove up the Fosse Way to Cymbiosis for the Cirkus-Karousel bearing upgrade. It’s the first time I’ve been there in these times of Covid. I had planned to go and listen to the Karousel and Kandid back in March, when Linn initially offered the ‘free’ Karousel deal, but unfortunately that got cancelled owing to lockdown. But as it seems the offer is back on, I thought I’d better get on with it.

We started by listening to two Magic spec LP12s, one with Cirkus, the other with Karousel, but Peter didn’t tell me which was which. I chose to hear the first track, Pharaoh’s Dance, from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew. There was a lot of noise apparent during the quiet introduction, which was a bit disappointing, but I guessed this was an album often played, which would account for the noisy surface. However, when it was played on the second turntable, it became a lot quieter and far more listenable. After I’d declared my thoughts, Peter confirmed that the second unit was indeed fitted with the Karousel. Does that mean that all these years of listening quite happily to the Cirkus, a considerable part of the noise was due to the bearing?

Peter then took the Magic decks out and brought in one closer to the build spec of my LP12, although fitted with a Karousel and, like mine, an Aro, so that I could hear different cartridges. We started out with a Krystal, being the same as mine, and played Birdland, the first track from Weather Report’s Heavy Weather album. This is a track I know well, but here it really cooked! The arm was swapped to one fitted with a Kandid - the Kandid would have triggered the free Karousel offer. I found this to be quite noticeably more revealing than the Krystal, seeming to give more space between notes, the music seeming less congested.

The Kandid arm was then swapped to one fitted with a Lyra Kleos (actually the SL version), but although pleasant, lacked the incisive nature of the Kandid. Leading and trailing edges of notes were more slurred and so the space which the Kandid created was lost.

Next up was the Kandid again to confirm my views and finally back to the Krystal. It confirmed my feeling that I really ought to buy the Kandid and thereby get the Karousel ‘free’. However, there was also in my mind a significant expense I have coming up and cash flow thoughts led me to choose simply to buy the Karousel and live with the Krystal. However, roadworks on the Fosse Way increased the drive home to three and a half hours, which was long enough for me to realise that I’d made the wrong decision - the Kandid was too good to ignore. It looks like I’ve got another trip to Rearsby in the near future, particularly if I’m to benefit from the offer!
Yes Clive - the Karousel is a no brainer and the item you need to get first and indeed you did, so much congrats to you. Also the Kandid is a lot superior to the Krystal. So if you can financially swing it then it also becomes a bit of a no brainer. Enjoy man.
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evil_C wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:35 pm Yesterday I drove up the Fosse Way to Cymbiosis for the Cirkus-Karousel bearing upgrade. It’s the first time I’ve been there in these times of Covid. I had planned to go and listen to the Karousel and Kandid back in March, when Linn initially offered the ‘free’ Karousel deal, but unfortunately that got cancelled owing to lockdown. But as it seems the offer is back on, I thought I’d better get on with it.

We started by listening to two Magic spec LP12s, one with Cirkus, the other with Karousel, but Peter didn’t tell me which was which. I chose to hear the first track, Pharaoh’s Dance, from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew. There was a lot of noise apparent during the quiet introduction, which was a bit disappointing, but I guessed this was an album often played, which would account for the noisy surface. However, when it was played on the second turntable, it became a lot quieter and far more listenable. After I’d declared my thoughts, Peter confirmed that the second unit was indeed fitted with the Karousel. Does that mean that all these years of listening quite happily to the Cirkus, a considerable part of the noise was due to the bearing?

Peter then took the Magic decks out and brought in one closer to the build spec of my LP12, although fitted with a Karousel and, like mine, an Aro, so that I could hear different cartridges. We started out with a Krystal, being the same as mine, and played Birdland, the first track from Weather Report’s Heavy Weather album. This is a track I know well, but here it really cooked! The arm was swapped to one fitted with a Kandid - the Kandid would have triggered the free Karousel offer. I found this to be quite noticeably more revealing than the Krystal, seeming to give more space between notes, the music seeming less congested.

The Kandid arm was then swapped to one fitted with a Lyra Kleos (actually the SL version), but although pleasant, lacked the incisive nature of the Kandid. Leading and trailing edges of notes were more slurred and so the space which the Kandid created was lost.

Next up was the Kandid again to confirm my views and finally back to the Krystal. It confirmed my feeling that I really ought to buy the Kandid and thereby get the Karousel ‘free’. However, there was also in my mind a significant expense I have coming up and cash flow thoughts led me to choose simply to buy the Karousel and live with the Krystal. However, roadworks on the Fosse Way increased the drive home to three and a half hours, which was long enough for me to realise that I’d made the wrong decision - the Kandid was too good to ignore. It looks like I’ve got another trip to Rearsby in the near future, particularly if I’m to benefit from the offer!
Great writeup Clive and I'm very pleased that your enjoyment listening to LPs has had a good outcome.
The Kandid blows away the Krystal it's in a different league altogether.
I love reading all about everyone getting the Karousel it gives me something to look forward too. :roll: :mrg:
I'm very familiar with that album too and having that much energy in the mix demands something really good the sharpen the focus.
Great stuff and very encouraging congrats. 8) :smt023
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evil_C wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:35 pm However, roadworks on the Fosse Way increased the drive home to three and a half hours, which was long enough for me to realise that I’d made the wrong decision - the Kandid was too good to ignore. It looks like I’ve got another trip to Rearsby in the near future, particularly if I’m to benefit from the offer!
At least this way you get to appreciate what the Karousel is doing in your LP12, and can look forward to another big step up when you get the Kandid. :smt020
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Thanks for all your positive comments, chaps! Just waiting for final confirmation, but it looks like next Tuesday could be Kandid day! Woohoo! 🎉
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