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Thieving local agents...
« on: February 06, 2017, 07:58:25 AM »

So I was running low on Linn spares. Thought I would top up properly and sent a mail to the local linn agent. 

I promptly had my order acknowledged and an invoice sent. 

Holy mackerel.  Must be something wrong there.
The belt price is off the charts.  More or less my selling price.   

Shoot off a mail asking if they forgot my discount. 

Anyways.  No reply yet but some googling later it would appear UK retail price is now 50 quid.  Yikes. 

Sorry local agent. 



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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2017, 08:03:49 AM »
I have seen Linn belts advertised for as little as $6.95 but £50 is not an uncommon price in England.  You will read people on the Linn forums mentioning this price

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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2017, 08:11:12 AM »
Yes.  It appears to be 50 pounds now.   It was under 30 not that long ago. 
So those who got belts from me in the last
little while, rejoice.... you got a bargain. 


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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2017, 08:35:16 AM »
What's it made from? I can buy a proper leather belt for that much.
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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2017, 08:52:49 AM »
I'm pretty sure someone in China can make them for what they are truly worth and make a fair profit and as good a quality! Surely it's not rocket science to manufacture?  :nfi:

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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2017, 09:05:56 AM »
No it's not rocket science to make a rubber belt. 
However I think linn take great care in the consistency of the belt as you can hear and using Feickert test disc and app you can see (measure ) the differences between new old and generic ones that seem to fit. 

So if someone really wanted to make some and take top care of consistency and charge accordingly there may be a market for them at say 20 or 25 pounds.


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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2017, 10:55:43 AM »
However I think linn take great care in the consistency of the belt ...
Original Linn belts are a bit thicker, a bit wider and a whole lot harder than any replacements I came across.
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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2017, 12:40:27 PM »
Now I do not feel so bad when I was charged 45 Euros each for my Micro Seiki belts.
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2017, 02:28:06 PM »
Does the idea of immersing the belt in nearly boiling water for 30 seconds and then plunging it into cold water have any effect?  Or is it urban legend?

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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2017, 02:32:29 PM »
When you heat up rubber it tends to try and set back to the shape it got molded in to. 
You don't need the cold water.  Just heat up and cool down. 
However, the parameter not solved is that of belt surface and the change in "slip". 


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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2017, 02:43:45 PM »
Does the idea of immersing the belt in nearly boiling water for 30 seconds and then plunging it into cold water have any effect?  Or is it urban legend?

https://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,26192.15.html

Worked for a while for me but the belt was cheap and not the best.But now off track a bit.
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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2017, 04:47:44 PM »
Been in business since 1976 and seen prices skyrocket.  Still at the top of the pile are books.  A 200 page paperback issued in 1971 has a price sticker on it of 22c or 10p.  The same (sized) book today is R280.  I used to buy 4 core comms cable for R9,00 a 100m reel, today it is R190,00.  Yet copper was $1.04/kg in 1976 and is only $5.50/kg today.

According to Stats SA, the rate of increase is increasing as well, so we need to get used to it.  Still £50 for a turntable belt is astonishing

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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2017, 03:21:12 PM »
Direct drive it is then.... if and when I get a tt.

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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2017, 08:35:45 PM »
Busy making up a nice 1200.  Will be fully pimped  rega RB250 with vta adjust collar ballast counterweight and the 1200 with external supply and bearing upgrade. 


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Re: Thieving local agents...
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2017, 11:40:24 AM »
Busy making up a nice 1200.  Will be fully pimped  rega RB250 with vta adjust collar ballast counterweight and the 1200 with external supply and bearing upgrade. 


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Duke Ellington

Hi Guil
Ia the SL1200 build complete?