The tale begins at the end of the nineteen seventies, with the arrival of Linn’s Ittok LVII tonearm. It put the cat amongst the pigeons in an analogue landscape dominated by the SME 3009S2, which appeared on virtually every turntable motor unit at the time. There was also the Grace G707, which had been Linn’s tube of choice (and indeed imported from Japan by them) before the Ittok hit the shops, but this had achieved only limited sales success. As it transpired, if you were a ‘superarm’ in 1979, the Ittok was your nemesis.
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