Over the last five years I've trodden the LP12 path. I've had some interesting moments as I took this journey. Certain things have remained constant.
I've kept a rewired Ittok, and a Lyra Delos. I've always had a Cirkus based player, it's always run through a Superfine, with a HiLine 4-5 coming out of the PSU (have moved from Hicap to Supercap on this).
There are some Linn things I've never had on the player. It has always had a third party top-plate (first a Khan, then a Karmen). It's also always had a third party subchassis (firstly a RubiKon, and then a Tangerine Plateau). I've added a Trampolin 2, a T-Kable, airplug-Z, sKale counterweight, move the Hercules offboard into a Mose.
All the while the humble Ittok/Delos combination has stayed.
Because I just love the way that this combination times.
So, I had a sum of money come my way and was pondering what to do next. The arm and cartridge are staying. I'd heard a friend's similarly equipped player (albeit RubiKon and DV20) with a Radical. It was very VERY good. An easy comparison too as my Dad runs a D20/Ittok player with a Mose.
So, I signed up for this Radical thingy and made arrangements for the install. As always I wanted the infamous Derek to do the job, and as Tangerine is just a couple of miles away, this was scheduled for today.
Knowing how Derek tends to catch my interest in other upgrades, I also looked into his new Stiletto plinth.
Before the install I'd popped round to see Mark and got a taste of what it would bring, albeit on an Aro/geddon player. It was impressive enough that I signed up for that too.
Because I usually find no trouble in expressing my experiences after an upgrade.
I'd seen a post by another Stiletto owner on another forum. There was multiple usage of the word "gobsmacked".
I'm trying to find other words, but it's difficult.
Can I separate the Radikal from the Stiletto plinth and express the two steps individually?
Not really. I know that I'm hearing an awful lot more than I've heard on other Radikal players. But that's missing the point.
I'm hearing more information and better music than I've EVER heard on a HiFi system.
I had expectations based on other players, I've heard a full SE player, and I was comfy with what I thought I'd get for a very serious outlay.
I could have just opted for a Lyra Etna cartridge instead.
Hang on. What am I doing typing this?
Stuff it, I'm going to put another record on.