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Upgrading the plastic on off button
2018-05-30, 22:20
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Upgrading the plastic on off button
Has anyone upgraded the rather basic and cheap plastic on-off button on their LP12?


Its a 2p component on an up to £25k turntable, seems rather odd to see it especially on some wonderful custom plinths like the attached?

Best Edward


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2018-05-31, 00:13
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RE: Upgrading the plastic on off button
Aesthetics is always a very personal matter.
Personally I am more concerned with reliability. My LP12 switch has functioned without problem for over 40 years, so I am content with it's big red button look. Big Grin

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2018-05-31, 07:38
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RE: Upgrading the plastic on off button
(2018-05-31 00:13)LD100 Wrote:  Aesthetics is always a very personal matter.
Personally I am more concerned with reliability. My LP12 switch has functioned without problem for over 40 years, so I am content with it's big red button look. Big Grin



When one feels the weight and quality engineering of the outer platter then the switch they are chalk and cheese in quality. It's rather like 1990s Aston Martins used Ford Mondeo cheap plastic switches in their walnut dashboards as they were the owners then

Best Edward

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2018-05-31, 08:46
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(2018-05-31 07:38)tedzwedz Wrote:  
(2018-05-31 00:13)LD100 Wrote:  Aesthetics is always a very personal matter.
Personally I am more concerned with reliability. My LP12 switch has functioned without problem for over 40 years, so I am content with it's big red button look. Big Grin



When one feels the weight and quality engineering of the outer platter then the switch they are chalk and cheese in quality. It's rather like 1990s Aston Martins used Ford Mondeo cheap plastic switches in their walnut dashboards as they were the owners then

Best Edward
Just look at the button as if it were a Tatra 97. A model from 1936 which some people still seem to enjoy today. Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
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2018-05-31, 09:34 (This post was last modified: 2018-05-31 09:37 by Donald.)
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RE: Upgrading the plastic on off button
The switch associated with my previous Lingo 3 and new Lingo 4 are not simple on/off 2p components.

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2018-05-31, 09:58
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(2018-05-31 09:34)Donald Wrote:  The switch associated with my previous Lingo 3 and new Lingo 4 are not simple on/off 2p components.

Yes, to be fair, they are probably nearer £4, than 2p. They certainly are fit for purpose, I’ve never had an issue with one and imagine the failure rate is very low.

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2018-05-31, 11:06
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RE: Upgrading the plastic on off button
(2018-05-31 09:58)moomintroll Wrote:  
(2018-05-31 09:34)Donald Wrote:  The switch associated with my previous Lingo 3 and new Lingo 4 are not simple on/off 2p components.

Yes, to be fair, they are probably nearer £4, than 2p. They certainly are fit for purpose, I’ve never had an issue with one and imagine the failure rate is very low.

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All valid, i'm merely talking tactile/visual experience.

After all no one puts on soem of these smart wood plinths for anything other than visual reasons, they look fab

Its the weak visual link compared to metal arm, metal cartridge etc

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2018-05-31, 11:17
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(2018-05-31 11:06)tedzwedz Wrote:  All valid, i'm merely talking tactile/visual experience.

After all no one puts on soem of these smart wood plinths for anything other than visual reasons, they look fab

Its the weak visual link compared to metal arm, metal cartridge etc

I agree, the switch looks rubbish compared to the rest of the build. Maybe using metal would effect something somewhere, but surely they could use higher quality plastic with a nicer surface?

That said it's not something I'd pay money to upgrade.

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2018-05-31, 14:31 (This post was last modified: 2018-05-31 15:38 by smokestack.)
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Does it work ?

Yes !

End of discussion for me Wink

[Though I do agree with Aston Martin & Ferrari owners who feel a little aggrieved when finding cheap Ford & Fiat switches and handles adorning their posh motors.
There's cost effective engineering...and there's taking the p*ss !

But again, no problem for me...I've always had a cheap car attached to my cheap switches and handles Big Grin.]
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