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Three years ago I replaced my beloved Linn Lp12
with the AMG Viella V12 after over twenty years of a completely
trouble free music loving service. Of course I expect the same trouble
free length of service (and more) from my AMG Viella V12 (bearing
in mind the two turntables are completely different in design).
AND the old saying, “they don’t build them like they
used to” does spring to mind…
Just like your car or household insurance, you only
know how reliable a retailer, distributor, or hi-fi company is when
you need their advice or expertise due to an issue! Whether your
turntable cost you £20 or £20,000, you would hope you
can rely on the above for support if you do have questions or issues
(major or minor)?
Turntable power supply!
From the outset I discovered the turntable (power
supply) hates to be switched off. If you switch it off for just
a few seconds you will most likely have to reset the turntable platter
speeds. The longer the power supply is off, the more drastic the
speed variation loss. On one occasion, the platter speed was out
by such a wide margin, it took considerable time to readjust to
the correct speed. In fact, both I and my engineer advisor were
sure there was an issue with the power supply itself. After many
days of careful examination and fault finding, we were able to readjust
to the platter to the correct speed. This seemingly minor quirk
may be true for some turntables with a separate power supply? I
am aware other components will perform at their best if constantly
powered up (or on standby). For example, amplifiers and CD players.
I can hear what appears to be a series of absolutely
identical scratches (or scrapes) when the tonearm reaches the middle
of the last track on every album (or towards the end of every 12”
single). I have checked for stylus wear and cartridge alignment
accuracy. The stylus is also clean. This annoying anomaly seems
does seem to happen more frequently if the platter clamp is tightened
firmly onto the record, but this is not a given. I am still trying
to work out what is causing this bemusing and repetitive anomaly?
Despite the above, I am extremely happy with the
AMG Viella V12 turntable. Many music lovers have sung its praises
and either ordered the turntable after listening, or at least have
added it to their most wanted list. I have received emails from
the USA, Germany and Japan requesting further in-depth information.
AMG turntable upgrades
AMG have offered a tonearm upgrade in the form of
the 12JT for some time as well as other turntable upgrades in the
form of the Viella Forte 12 Turbo turntable and the Viella Forte
Engraved 12 Turbo turntable (available from May 2019). Please contact
AMG regarding these upgrades.
I am awaiting a response from AMG regarding
the audible anomalies. I will keep you informed of progress!
© Michael Valentine Studio
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