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    I have access to an unfettled LP 12 without arm (or it has a Syrinx arm which I suspect is holding it back) and I would like to revive it as a project. At the same time I've always been intrigued by a Decca cartridge and am considering one for a second table. At this early stage I have 2 questions:

    1. How would the Decca work on an LP12, is it a good match, and

    2. Any recommendations for a unipivot arm that would fit in the LP12 plinth?

    many thanks

    Chivas



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    In the late '70s the combination of the Linn LP12, Hadcock unipivot arm and Decca cartridge was favoured by some reviewers. I don't see any reason why this combination should be unacceptable today.
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    Roksan Nima works well on an LP12, but I doubt with a Decca cartridge, FWIW.
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    +1 on the Nima 500 ish Or Naim Aro if you can find one 1500-2000..
    Had both and the Nima is great at the the price ..
    Sorry can't comment on the Decca
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    Thanks for the comment and suggestions gents, I will follow up further, but initial research suggests that the Aro and LP12 is a popular combination and seemingly no reason why it cannot work with a Decca cart. How does the Aro compare with a Hadcock?


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    The Nottingham analogue arms might also be a good option?


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    I bought LP12/Aro primarily for the Aro.

    IMO uni's on a suspended deck is an accident waiting to happen and the Aro was quickly moved onto Garrard 301. A much more stable platform without an arm lifting device.

    I've had a few unipivots including Nima and Hadcock. I didn't have the decca when I had the Nima, but it works very well on Tabriz as well as the obvious Hadcock.

    FWIW I think Aro/Decca combo is very good, although I have GB Tools pod to allow for adjustment.

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    And what's wrong with a Syrinx arm? I'm guessing it's a PU2 as that was Syrinx arm usually fitted to the LP12 back in the day. Yes it looked like it was made in someone's shed and it could be a bit fiddly at times but get it right and it's a hell of an arm. It might even surprise you with a Decca hanging off it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    In the late '70s the combination of the Linn LP12, Hadcock unipivot arm and Decca cartridge was favoured by some reviewers. I don't see any reason why this combination should be unacceptable today.
    Seconded. Hadcock/Decca is a tried and tested combo. Don't try a overcomplicate things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chivas View Post
    The Nottingham analogue arms might also be a good option?


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    Nottingham Analogue arms were designed using Decca cartridges and make an excellent combination. Also, they are easy to set up, stay set up and bits don't fall off.

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