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Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 26 Apr 2018 15:08
by blob0007
Hello All,

I am considering buying a Linn Ekos Mk1 tonearm and was wondering

what should I be looking for when checking for wear on the bearings etc,

the arm is in a deck already so I can only check what I can see,

it does have a large brass weight at the end which looks original and a denon DL103 cartridge

any advise would be help full and also what I should be paying for such a thing...?

Many thanks,

Bob

Re: Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 26 Apr 2018 16:02
by cre009
I suspect the brass weight is aftermarket. Mine which I purchased new does not have a brass counter weight.

The main issues with the Mk1 Ekos were
1. a tendency for the tracking force dial to get sticky to the point where it is problematic to operate.
2. The headshell was a little small so some cartridges such as the Ortofon Quintet range may not fit properly.

Linn did do an upgrade service for the Mk1 for a period so there is a chance that may have been done for the one you are looking at.

The bearings should be ok provided the arm has been treated with care. Linn bearings on the Ekos and Ittok were generally excellent quality. Usual recommendation is to only change cartridges with the arm off the deck. If the arm is off the deck then the bearings can be checked using the swing test. Alternatively see how it floats when weight is at zero. See if there any sign of stickiness when it is moved towards the spindle.

Linn Ekos MK1 headshell fitting issue.

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 05:16
by Kevinjkim
Hello~ Im sorry but I need some advice, help with the fitting guide to the recently second-hand purchase of an Ekos MK1 I believe. I can't seem to fit my Nagaoka MP-110 Stylus into it. any advice? would a denon dl-103r fit? I have a Sumiko Evo III and that doesn't fit too. The headshell seems to small or too tight too fit in a Stylus. Any advice, it would help a lot~ Thank you

Re: Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 10:44
by cre009
I assume you mean the cartridge is not fitting properly which is the problem with the early version of this arm.

The cartridge I use is an AT-F7 which fits ok.

I understand that one method that people use to get some cartridges to fit is to bend the tag wires outward.

https://hifiwigwam.com/forum/topic/1298 ... se/?page=2

Re: Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 12 Jun 2019 17:22
by Kevinjkim
Thank You!! I'll look into it.

Re: Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 02:28
by bimasta123
Fantastic. An expensive "High End" arm from a company that claims to be supernaturally great, and a cult of Linnies who believe it — and they mess up the most basic thing! Who needs a cartridge? A Linn Tonearm is all you need!

Re: Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 08:36
by cre009
I will agree that getting the headshell wrong like this is a particularly stupid error.

What I found annoying was that some kind of service was subsequently offered to fix the issue but for whatever reason I never got any notice that there was the option. Don't know if that was a dealer issue.

Re: Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 17 Jun 2019 23:38
by Armbored
cre009 wrote:
13 Jun 2019 08:36
I will agree that getting the headshell wrong like this is a particularly stupid error.

What I found annoying was that some kind of service was subsequently offered to fix the issue but for whatever reason I never got any notice that there was the option. Don't know if that was a dealer issue.
I somehow suspect this 'service' was not free either.... :-[

Re: Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 18 Jun 2019 07:16
by cre009
Probably not free - I read the details about the service somewhere but this all went down around 20 years ago.

Re: Linn Ekos..Bearings...??

Posted: 18 Jun 2019 23:49
by bimasta123
I forgot to add, in my earlier post, I have a Linn Ittok, the earlier Ekos. It too has a short headshell. It's fine for short-bodied cartridges. Example, a Dynavector 23 and Asak fit easily, their shape is square — longer bodies are difficult.

Asak is a Linn cartridge of course. All Linn carts have a similar square-ish shape. Maybe it's not a "stupid error." Could it be Linn is knowingly discouraging non-Linn cartridges? I wouldn't put it past them: their corporate ethos seems to be "All Linn, All the time"....