PeterW wrote: "I have found that the other linear TT makers out there from Denmark to the Pacific Rim are fussy, troublesome, often impossible to maintain unless one is a rare combination of both clever and lucky."
Interesting observation. I currently have a Harman Kardon ST8, a Revox B791, a Mitsubishi LT-30, a Yamaha PX3, a Mitsubishi LT-5V, a Technics SL-10, a B&O Beogram 4004 and a 4002, and a groovy little Sony PS-Q7. I've also had two LT-20s and a Beogram 8000. Every one of these beautiful turntables operate flawlessly in all modes and sound superb, so I must be very lucky an/or very clever. In fact, the Revox and HK are currently out of rotation because I am enjoying the others so much.
I may not have the knowledge base that PeterW built from being a machinist and 40 years of experience, so excuse my ignorance when I say that everyone of my turntables has its virtures as well as its shortcomings. However they are all wonderful in their own right, as were the many fine pivot-armed turntables I have owned and hope to own. The B&O 4000 series of turntables are especially dear to my heart, and I have owned at least one since 1983 (save for a short period several years ago). And I must say that I've not yet lost a precious record to the ravages of a pivoted arm.
I've been a stereophile and turntable junkie since 1972 (hey, that's 40 years ago!) and yet, even with all the equipment that I've enjoyed over the years, I've still not learned how to be as dismissive of such broad ranges of turntables as PeterW has. Peter, YOU DA MAN!!