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Tonearm 10.0

 

We have developed the tonearm 10.0 and the cartridge Pi as a completion for our two direct drive turntables Oasis and Bardo.   

The 10.0 has a close resemblance with the 10.5 tonearm. Various component parts that have proved to be perfect in our tonearms like the arm tube with the special hard ceramic surface, the headshell, the tonearm lift and also the mounting socket are also used for the 10.0 tonearm. Therefore the »10.0« can be mounted on tonearm bases with the same drillings as the 10.5 or 12.1.   

The 10.0 uses a different bearing technique than the 10.5, it is a kind of unipivoted design. We use a miniature bearing mounted on a stainless steel tip for the horizontal mounting. A ceramic bearing at the bottom prevents the sideways motions of the tonearm. This bearing is friction free and allows a very smooth play. Unlike a magnetic or hydraulic damping, this solution creates a lively and also stable soundstage. The same miniature bearings are used for the vertical movement in a play free adjustment. The sound performance of our new tonearm 9.6 reaches our established tonearms well; of course it is a first match for most different cartridges.  

The 10.0 features an infinitely variable Azimuth adjustment. A small clamping screw from under the arm tube holds the headshell in position. The headshell can be rotated by about ± 5° after untightening this screw. A precision-made plastic part mounted instead of the cartridge allows for aligning the headshell parallel to the platter or record surface. This plastic part has the same height like our EMT-ti cartridge and allows additionally for alignment of the arm height. If a cartridge has some deviation in azimuth, adjustment can be done by rotating the headshell in the desired direction to set the stylus of your cartridge vertical to the record surface.

Tonearm 10.5

The 10.5 is considered one of the best tonearms in the world and is used as a reference (and highly recommended) by magazines and reviewers alike throughout the world. The 10.5 is a true allaround tonearm. With a dynamic mass of 12 grams, it works well with any modern cartridge; and with 10.5'' length, it is still short enough for most turntables designed for 9-inch arms, yet also long enough for 12-inch arm bases. For optimum resonance control and high torsional stability, the 10.5 is made from aluminum and stainless steel; a high tech synthetic material is also used. For the same reasons, the headshell is nondetachable and the surface of the arm tube has also been treated with special anodizing. A double gimballed suspension, with precision ball bearings free of play, ensures precise and frictionless tracking. The vertical downforce and the dynamic mass can be adjusted over a wide range thanks to the split collar counterweight. Skating is compensated for without any contact by magnetic force. (Too bad you actually will hardly ever notice any of these efforts. Because simply put, the better a tone arm works, the more you'll hear what has been cut into the vinyl: music!)  

The 10.5 features an infinitely variable Azimuth adjustment. A small clamping screw from under the arm tube holds the headshell in position. The headshell can be rotated by about ± 5° after untightening this screw. A precision-made plastic part mounted instead of the cartridge allows for aligning the headshell parallel to the platter or record surface. This plastic part has the same height like our EMT-ti cartridge and allows additionally for alignment of the arm height. If a cartridge has some deviation in azimuth, adjustment can be done by rotating the headshell in the desired direction to set the stylus of your cartridge vertical to the record surface.

Tonearm 12.1

By definition, when tracking a record with a pivoted tonearm, the cantilever is aligned perfectly perpendicular to the groove in only two instances. The longer the tonearm, the smaller the offset error will be between these two instances, resulting in lower distortion. This explains why LPs tracked with the 12.1-inch long tonearm sound just a tad more poised, relaxed and natural (no rose is without thorns however: there are not that many turntables that can accommodate the 12.1 – among them our »LaGrange« and Balance). By the way: The 12.1 is not just a »10.5« with a longer armtube. Since a longer arm tube offers lower torsional stability and is more prone to resonances, we had to implement quite a few structural changes. We're proud of the fact that you will probably not notice any them at first sight, and even more proud of the fact that the 12.1 sounds even better than the 10.5.  

The 12.1 features an infinitely variable Azimuth adjustment. A small clamping screw from under the arm tube holds the headshell in position. The headshell can be rotated by about ± 5° after untightening this screw. A precision-made plastic part mounted instead of the cartridge allows for aligning the headshell parallel to the platter or record surface. This plastic part has the same height like our EMT-ti cartridge and allows additionally for alignment of the arm height. If a cartridge has some deviation in azimuth, adjustment can be done by rotating the headshell in the desired direction to set the stylus of your cartridge vertical to the record surface. 

SPECIFICATIONS 10.0
  • Distance platter center to tonearm bearing center:    243 mm
     

  • Effective length:    258 mm
     

  • Overhang:    15 mm
     

  • Cartridge mount:    1/2'' connector, long holes
     

  • Minimum distance between mounting surface and platter top:    28 mm
     

  • Dynamic mass:    ca. 12 g
     

  • Total weight:    ca. 400 g
     

  • Counterweight:    140 g
     

  • Scope of delivery:    tonearm with 5-pole-SME-connector

SPECIFICATIONS 10.5
  • Distance platter center to tonearm bearing center:    244 mm
     

  • Effective length:    259.8 mm
     

  • Overhang:    15.8 mm
     

  • Cartridge mount:    1/2'' connector, long holes
     

  • Minimum distance between mounting surface and platter top:    25 mm
     

  • Mounting depth:    30 mm
     

  • Cartridge weight:    min. 4, max. 16 g
     

  • Dynamic mass:    ca. 12 g
     

  • Total weight:    ca. 300 g
     

  • Counterweight:    180 g
     

  • Scope of delivery:    tonearm with flying leads (unterminated), tools
     

  • Options:    tonearm with standard 5-pin connector (SME type)

SPECIFICATIONS 12.1
  • Distance platter center to tonearm bearing center:    292 mm
     

  • Effective length:    305.6 mm
     

  • Overhang:   13.6 mm
     

  • Cartridge mount:   1/2'' connector, long holes
     

  • Minimum distance between mounting surface and platter top:    25 mm
     

  • Mounting depth:    30 mm
     

  • Cartridge weight:    min. 4, max. 16 g
     

  • Dynamic mass:    ca. 14 g
     

  • Total weight:    ca. 350 g
     

  • Counterweight:    200 g
     

  • Scope of delivery:    tonearm with flying leads (unterminated), tools
     

  • Options:    tonearm with standard 5-pin connector (SME type)