Again, thanks for all of the help everyone - much appreciated. A few more ideas starting to develop, so very grateful for the input.
Kevin - so you are potentially on the same path of vinyl rediscovery as well! Please share your Cymbiois dem experience once you have sampled the decks in question as I’d be really interested to read how you get on. This is more or less the same approach I’m thinking of taking with an LP12 vs competitors, unless I first buy a cheap and cheerful Planar 2 or 3 just to make sure my vinyl is still playable? The Planar then perhaps moth balled for TheBoyYeti to tinker with if so inclined. I’ve been in touch with Peter (very helpful) and hope to arrange something when the school holidays kick in next. I must say the idea of a bespoke deck is quite interesting, especially with the number of plinth design / finishes shown on one of the Cymbiosis website snaps.
Richard - I wasn’t aware there were black label Dynaflex Bowie albums? Interesting, I'll look them up on Discogs. I only have the UK & US orange labels, plus the green label issues from the 80’s which were my ‘in’ to “Dave”. I’ll monitor the used market to see if any come up.
Alleycat - very interesting. Truly fortunate that you moth balled your LP12, especially with the current eye watering LP12 prices. I now wish I’d held on to mine!
Peder - thanks for the detailed LP12 set up info, much appreciated. I look forward to your write up as to how you maximise your deck performance. Was this dealer input or your own procedure I wonder? I already have a wall shelf in place that will be stripped of its current items and solely dedicated to the TT and phono, plus each component individually isolated.
Adam - A Rega RP10 and LP12 owner - superb! That’s just the insight I was hoping for. Many thanks. It was a long time ago, but do I remember just how well the old LP12 sounded compared to the R3 it replaced, but I’m very curious as to how the competition has caught up. With some of the new manufacturers I’m wondering if it could be a case of different as opposed to better?
Drikus - I was aware (sort of) of Graham Slee, but have no experience of the individual products and how they compare, so thanks for the tip on the phono stages. The only phono stages I had on my radar were the Linn Linto, Rega’s own and the Stageline.
AnthonyD - Did you buy a Cymbiosis custom LP12 to begin with or something like the current spec Majik?
Ravaneswood10 - the only thing that concerns me is the set up of the LP12 - where did you learn how to set up your LP12? When I had my Sondek I lived in London, so a breeze to get problems addressed. I have two respected Linn dealers about an hour away and one Linn chain dealer nearby who's branch does not stock the LP12, so would have to send away for servicing. Although Peter at Cymbiosis strongly recommended avoiding maintenance where couriers are involved.
Lots to think about!