$975 sounds very reasonable, especially considering the cost of Linn’s “other” upgrades.
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The new Karousel is priced at a point that does seem fairly reasonable...and for the increase in SQ that it brings...well that really tips the upgrade in the consumers favor, IMO.
Like I noted before, the price may or may not include fitting. I had to have my own 'fettler' fit mine, and this was an extra cost to me. However, that is mostly due to the fact that i do not have a local dealer who can set up the table. The nearest being about 250 miles north of me...and with the coronavirus the round trip there and back could take a day or so to accomplish. ( Due to having to drop off the table and wait in the city to pick it up once ready). This is really a crazy situation due to the distance for me to this particular dealer, but the next one up from them are close to 1000 miles away! Linn LP12 dealers who can actually do the work on the table are not as common as they once were, and as such i am lucky to have a local 'fettler' who can. Problem is Linn is being stubborn and doesn't want him to be 'authorized' to work on the LP12, as such i have to source the part from another part of the country...a real PITA. Nonetheless, my 'fettler' is truly an expert in this area and well worth his price. ( We both wish Linn would acknowledge this fact--they let him be the authorized Linn repair guy, but not the authorized Linn LP12 upgrade installer, even though they know he has worked on the table for decades...makes no sense!!).
Like most great upgrades, the longer one listens, the more one hears. The Karousel bearing is no exception. Like zavato states above, if you can swing the cost, it should be on your very short list of things to do for your LP12. It is interesting how the bearing, like Linn says, is the most important part of any turntable design. The LP12 may be an older design, BUT this new bearing is a serious design that can compete with just about anything out there at any price, IME.