Welcome to the Linn Karousel
Karousel, Linn’s new precision-engineered single-point bearing, offers smoother rotation and greater stability for even better sound from your Sondek LP12.
The Karousel kit will fit any LP12 and improve it. It costs £750. Fitting is free and includes a general service.
This innovative new take on our original bearing design has been made possible by technological developments in material science, machining capabilities and mechanical engineering expertise gained from almost half a century of designing and manufacturing the world’s best turntable. That vital union between the platter, spindle, bearing and sub-chassis is now the strongest we’ve ever achieved.
A new diamond-like carbon coating inside the bearing reduces friction between the tip of the spindle and the base of the bearing itself. This reduces the ‘noise floor’ of the turntable, so improves musical reproduction.
The substantial lock-nut fastening on the stainless steel housing increases rigidity at the critical point where bearing and sub-chassis come together. Enhancements to the base of the bearing include a stronger housing for the thrust pad, combined with a smaller, stiffer coated form, to improve the critical area that supports the platter rotation and mass, meaning your vinyl reproduction is more accurate and detailed than ever before.
With Karousel the reduction in friction means that not only will this critical component have a greater lifespan, but your LP12 will continue to give you incredibly accurate listening pleasure for longer than ever before.
- Diamond-like carbon coating for reduced friction
- Innovative Stainless Steel Bearing design improves rigidity and stability
- Retro-fittable to any LP12
This is the first bearing upgrade in 17 years. According to Linn, scientific progress and improved machining capabilities have led to the development of the new bearing. Lower bearing clearance and reduced friction are supposed to extend the life of the bearing and guarantee an even smoother rotation. The new fastening with a locknut increases the stability and at the same time simplifies the replacement of the bearing. The new “Karousel” bearing is still a single-point bearing, and it can be installed in every LP 12 ever produced. The conversion kit consists of the bearing, the sub-plate and the required mounting material. It can be ordered now and will be supplied from April. It will also be featured in all new production LP12’s from the 23rd of March.