Built around the original Sonus Faber Guarneri Hommage's along with a Jeff Rowland model 8t modded with choke for ss and Jadis JA30 mk2 with KT150's for tubes. This system floats my boat as well as any system I have heard in the last 25 years!
Palmer vs. Linn Klimax. Both good tables, and with some significant differences. To my ears the Palmer was less capable in the speed accuracy and therefore in the timbre reproduction/ depth of field area compared to the Linn, yet the Palmer is very good in all other areas. Add to this the fact that the Palmer can utilize a wider variety of arms, and you cannot go wrong with either table. To my ears, the LP12 Radikal D is superior, but probably system dependent.
The motor of my 25 year old LP12 just conked out and I was planning on getting it keeled and radikalized, until I heard a Palmer 2.5 at an audio show that sounded fabulous. I’ve never heard a fully upgraded LP12, but I know you A/B’ed your Linn vs. the Palmer a while back and preferred the former. Would you mind sharing where you felt the Palmer fell short? This is going to be a big expenditure for me either way, and you are the only person I know of who has done a direct comparison! Thanks in advance for any insight you may be willing to share.
Added Real Traps Mondo Traps and an ARC D70 Mk2 tube amp to go with my Rowland 8. The Real Traps are an amazing product, IMO. They are akin to adding a lens to the system and let it 'focus' much more accurately. I highly recommend room treatments now and can see what all the fuss is about.
Chadnliz, Thanks for the kind remarks. A dedicated room is a very big plus for any system and here in S.Calif, this is by far my most expensive component. BTW, I agree Benz is a super cartridge, you dad certainly has good taste.
Nice looking system with great gear you have there! I bet it sounds great in a dedicated room, my dad has same cart as you do and it sounds great, I also really like the Sonus sound...you are a lucky man.