How to service a Linn Lingo (mk1)

Ben Zotto
9 min readSep 8, 2020

Recapping and calibrating a power supply for the iconic Linn LP12 turntable.

A running Lingo with the 33rpm signal phases showing on an oscilloscope. You only need a voltmeter to calibrate the Lingo! The scope is totally optional. This just looks cool.

Linn’s Lingo, the first outboard power supply for the LP12 turntable, was introduced in 1990 and sold in its original form for about a decade. Because of their (relatively!) compact form factor and first-party branding, early Lingos (“version 1” or “mk1”) remain popular on the used market. These power supplies have now reached…