Personally if it had a good arm on it I'd pay about £300 max for an LP12 with a working Valhalla, black springs and pre-cirkus bearing etc
Well after I made the above comment I did something a bit rash. I've made a couple of sales the last few weeks and have a bit of spare cash (sorta). So I had a look on eBay for an LP12 that kinda fitted the criteria I set. Found one that was close - no Valhalla - and put in a £300 bid. I was under no illusion that I would win it. I mean whoever gets an LP12 with a decent arm in good condition for £300?
Figured I would prove to myself once and for all that LP12's are over hyped, overrated and overpriced...............
...............So tommorrow I'm going to pick this up:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/250940480125? ... 1439.l2649
That'll teach me to open my (big fat) trap and then try to be a smart arse won't it?
If the combination sounds as good as it potentially could then it's possibly a pretty good deal. Like I said earlier in this thread I actually enjoyed the 2 LP12's I had before but to be honest I paid much more for both and neither had an arm mounted.
I guess If I don't like it at all I'll keep the arm and sell the LP12 and maybe get some of my money back.
At least I can do an A/B comparison of a Td125 MKII and a similar vintage LP12. I've got 2 Jelco 250ST arms (a Mission 774 LC & a Revolver arm) and a couple of AT440MLa's and Ortofon VMS20e MK2 carts.
I don't have 2 of the same phonostages but at least I can swap the TT's around.
What a dumass!!!