Linn launches limited edition 'Whisky Cask' Sondek turntable

20 Sep 2013

Linn Sondek LP12 Whisky

Like vinyl? Like whisky? Then Linn and Highland Park have just the thing. To celebrate Linn's 40th anniversary, the company has launched a limited edition Sondek turntable – encased in a wood plinth made from whisky casks.

The 'Whisky Cask' Sondek record player has also been paired with a special bottling of Highland Park 40 year old whisky, designed exclusively for Linn. Sounds like a fine combination to us.

The Sondek LP12 turntable was the product upon which Linn was founded, designed by Linn founder Ivor Tiefenbrun and originally introduced back in 1972.

Linn Sondek LP12

Hugely popular amongst hi-fi enthusiasts and music lovers the world over, the Linn Sondek has had many incarnations since but remained its familiar, iconic design.

There are just forty Limited Edition Sondek LP12 turntables available worldwide, each with the wood plinth. The plinth is made from the solid oak casks used to mature Highland Park's award-winning whisky.

Highland Park is one of the most remote Scotch whisky distilleries in the world, founded in 1798 on Orkney in Scotland. Linn is based near Glasgow in Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire. 

Linn 'Whisky Cask' Sondek press boxset, above

Linn's 40th Anniversary Highland Park Limited Edition Sondek LP12 – to give it its full name – comprises a Kandid moving coil cartridge and Ekos SE tonearm.

There's a Keel sub-chassis and armboard Radikal DC motor and power supply, plus an Urika phono stage. And don't forget that still smelling of whisky plinth (perhaps).

Fancy getting your hands on one of the forty turntables? You will need to be quick (probably) and also need £25,000... Contact your local Linn specialist retailer should you be ready to splash the cash.


by Joe Cox

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Looking forward to Linn doing same PR for their music streamers accompanied with a 2 week Ribena bottle!

Are you sure it's including a rather special 40 year old malt? The one pictured looks like a standard 12 YO to me... or was that just for the press??


I hope Linn lose some customers over this. Even at a tenth of the price it would be too much.

Instead of selling out why don't they relaunch the Sondek at a realistic price.

degrading to both brands - a  "cheap" trick

What an extravagant waste of money. I love it!

very sad to see a world class company resort this

I know times are tough, maybe they are even worse than imagined.

How very, very sad and pathetic.

I don't think I'll ever be able to drink Highland Park again after this. Awful, just awful.

And WHF reports all of this without a single malted drop of irony.

£25K . . . who is kidding who? The words 'smoke', 'mirrors' and the phrase 'B . . . S . . . ', come to mind . . . Nothing changes then?
A personal view and with out prejudice of course.