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Tonearms


Schick: Schick Model 1

Custom "Vintage" 12" or 9" Tonearm

Thomas Schick listens to a Klangfilm horn system with tube amplification and uses idler wheel or direct drive broadcast tables (Garrard 301, Orpheus Silex, Technics SP10.) He developed his tonearm to handle the classic heavy, low compliance cartridges like the Ortofon SPU, Denon 103 along with medium compliance designs, but with modern high quality bearings.

The last 25 years in analog have been defined by belt drive turntables, light weight tonearms and high compliance cartridges.

He developed his tonearm to handle the classic heavy, low compliance cartridges like the Ortofon SPU, Denon 103 along with medium compliance designs, but with modern high quality bearings. Even with examples still new in the box (a rarity, to say the least) these arms do not possess bearings in the same class as those available to high tech industry today. By using super close tolerance (zero micron positive, 7 micron negative) high tech bearings designed for continuous use at 100,000 rpm, the Schick arm is in another class from its ancestors.

Another inspiration for Thomas was the Neumann tonearm created for checking masters discs on the famous Neumann cutting lathe, still considered the finest ever made. Mastering engineers have even bought Thomas' arm to use on the Neumann lathe.

The Schick arm is also remarkably similar in appearance to the tonearm on the legendary Telefunken PS80 direct drive broadcast table which can be seen at Stefano Pasini's site

You may wonder about the lack of the usual complicated looking stuff on the Schick arm. For example, there is no provision for anti skating, and the reason is simple- none is necessary on an arm of this length. You can verify that a number of ways, one of which is to look at other transcription arms that accompanied classic broadcast decks- there is never an antiskate. The Schick arm is really designed for using heavy cartridges, meaning those with VTF of at least two grams, and that also mitigates the need for antiskate.

12" ARM

The Schick tonearm is really a 16" broadcast arm. The pivot to spindle distance is exactly 12". It comes in two versions, one shorter for the universal headshell or SPU G type, and one longer for the SPU A type square headshell. The armtube is aluminum, damped internally with a combination of materials. Thomas selected the material and damping methods for the arm by using his ears and doing many listening tests. Not by using a Cray Supercomputer- this is Old School. The rest of the arm is solid machined brass. A high quality arm lift in included, and VTA is adjustable via allen screws. The arm is terminated in flying leads with RCA connectors and a ground wire.

9" ARM

The Schick tonearm is now available in a 9" version, identical otherwise to the 12" arm. An anti skate mechanism is available as an option.

The new Schick arm is available in plated black, nickel or gold. The wiring has been upgraded as well.

Vinyl playback stayed popular all over the world. For high quality systems decks from the 1960's and even older are very popular.

As for cartridges, the popular Ortofon SPU dates even back to the late 40's. This stuff is used for its outstanding quality, matching and surpassing many of today's products.

Two major sound ideals seemed to have established themselves. First there is the "romantic, sweet and pleasant" sound lover. Here color of the tone is most important, nothing that disturbs is allowed. On the other hand there is the "detail lover" who wants to hear all of the details, even if the sacrifice is to hear the instrument in an unnatural way.

Most of the times both ways of getting sound have the disadvantages of the other. Sweet sound is often precieved as dull and boring, whereas the detailed sound often comes with bright, unnatural even annoying sound. (often, not always)

Schick offers the best of both worlds by combining these two philosopies to get the most natural AND detailed sound.

If you hanker after rim drive tables in solid cast frames from the Garrard, EMT, Orpheus and Commonwealth schools or their modern day alternatives then Schick is a welcome solution for the SPU lovers on rim drives. You know you want one.......................



Spiral Groove: Centroid

10" Balanced Force Design Unipivot Tonearm

Spiral Groove’s Centroid Tonearm sets the new standard for performance as well as easy, precise setup. Its exceptional rigidity and low inertia keep the cartridge stable while allowing the stylus to move freely through the record groove. The materials and construction of the Centroid provide rapid energy transfer from the cartridge to the turntable chassis, so spurious vibrations are not “echoed” back to the stylus.

These are two reasons our tone arm delivers unsurpassed speed, dynamic energy, and tonal purity. No other tone arm available today dispenses with wayward energy more effectively than the Centroid.

This tonearm is also exceptionally well balanced. Spiral Groove uses advanced computer modeling to better understand the forces exerted on the arm as the cartridge tracks the record. Being able to locate, measure, and visualize these forces means that we didn’t guess what the arm experiences in use. We know. We call our process Balanced Force Design™ and it gives the Centroid near-perfect tracking and optimizes cartridge performance.

Like Spiral Groove turntables, our tonearm is user-friendly. High-end cartridges demand precise alignment and without the ability to position the cartridge correctly and achieve precise adjustment, their potential cannot be realized. The Centroid lets you adjust the overhang, VTA, azimuth, anti-skate, and tracking force with remarkable precision. Better still, achieving these adjustments requires far less time thanks to Spiral Groove's patented mirror gauge and setup system, which is included with each tonearm.

Tonearm Features

  • Balanced Force Design™ - modal analysis places center of mass at the bearing point
  • Patented Counterweight design minimizes moment of inertia.
  • 10 inch pivot-to-stylus distance
  • Matched Swiss sapphire cup jewel and hardened steel upper bearing
  • “Zero tolerance” Unipivot bearing design
  • Multi-layered, damped arm tube from low mass, high strength aluminum/carbon fiber
  • High purity copper internal hyper-litz wiring
  • Overhang, VTA, Azimuth, Zenith, Anti-skate and Tracking Force easily adjustable
  • Precise mirror set-up gauge included

Spiral Groove’s Centroid is imbued with a sense of stability that is unusual for unipivot tonearms. It's Balanced Force Design ensures an amazingly low background noise.

When the musical backdrop is quiet to begin with, the Centroid renders it as dead silent and inky black. This creates a dramatic increase in dynamic range, and an extremely tightly focused image, devoid of smear or grain.

Allan Perkins is an accomplished Jazz drummer and this arm gets the dynamics and slam of a well miked drum kit "oh so RIGHT!".

So if you are looking for soft slow over smoothed sound to gloss over less-than-perfect recordings, this arm is not designed to do that.

The Centroid is equally at home with delicate acoustic recordings. It has the ability to offer the small nuances and vocal inflections that other arms somehow miss.

It handles "top-flight big dog" moving coil cartridges with ease. Tracking ability is phenomenal.

It is among the very best of reference arms regardless of price and essential if you are to extract everything that a top-flight cartridge has to offer.



Schroder: Reference and Reference SQ

Patented String Suspended Magnetic Damped Tonearm

Schröder Reference and Reference SQ tonearms stand apart from everything else in unrivaled sonic presentation, unique Patented design bearing mechanism, and sheer beauty of design and craftsmanship.

Each Schröder Reference arm requires a minimum of 40 hours to build, and is made entirely by Mr. Frank Schröder himself, in Berlin, Germany.

A trained watchmaker, Schröder has perfected the Reference arm over the course of thirty years of continuous tonearm building, and holds US and European patents on the string and magnet bearing concept at the heart of the Reference tone arm.

All parts of the Reference are machined by Schröder, and every arm can be customized for each individual client. The armwand's effective length range from 8.5" to 12", and the effective mass from 5 grams to 35 grams, from a wide choice of woods. In short, there is no such thing as a stock Schroeder Reference, or the Reference SQ, which adds further refinements.

Orders should be placed a minimum of 18 months in advance. The queue for the Schröder tonearms (and its dearth on the second hand market) is perhaps the best indication of the esteem in which it is held by discerning audiophiles.

Features and Specifications:

  • Magnetically stabilized and damped - thread torsion bearing
  • No bearing friction, breakaway torque equal to zero , no "chatter" design
  • Adjustable damping of Tonearm resonance by induction of eddy currents -
  • VTF remains largely constant when changing the VTA ( due to neutral balance design)
  • Overhang , VTA , VTF and azimuth sensitive adjustable
  • The headshell variable parameters , thus eff . Mass ( 5 - 35gr ) and eff .
  • Length ( 8.5 - 12inches ) usually at no extra charge to customer / requirement feasible
  • Valhalla tonearm cabling , through alternative wiring according to arrangement

Finishes and options on timbers

Tonearm Tube / Wands with high internal damping available:

  • Bocote
  • Rosewood
  • Blackwood
  • Ebony
  • Acacia
  • Bamboo
  • Pertinax
  • Carbon fiber

 

The Schroeder arm is one of the most significant developments in vinyl reproduction in the last 35 years, and anyone who takes analog seriously simply must hear what it is capable of.

Our personal friendship with Frank extends back to 2004 and we regularly spend time together at shows and customer premises. This relationship is extended to our clients and the unique personal customisations and setup needs of the Schroeder are carried out with the full support and training from Frank.

Buying a Schroeder second hand is nigh on impossible as they are jealously held limited production items.

Telos loves these arms for their intense musicality. If an arm can describe the designer this one certainly qualifies. Elegance, sophistication and intelligence in the best of European tradition.

Might we add a touch of exclusivity to boot!

 

 



Swedish Analog Techn: SAT Pickup Arm

Top flight Pivoted Pickup Arm by Marc Gomez

If your reading this you already know what the SAT Pickup Arm is about. Exceptional craftsmanship and real engineering with exotic materials custom selected for the purpose of extracting more information from the groove.
 

Visit http://swedishat.com for details.

You just have to hear this pickup arm play cymbals to appreciate its special abilities. A game changer in every way. Stunning reviews from respected reviewers have placed this pickup arm at the apogee of performance.

 



Spiral Groove: Universal Centroid

Universal Mount Unipivot 10" arm

Spiral Groove’s original Centroid tonearm was built for use on Spiral Groove turntables only. Now its award winning performance is available on a universal mount for audiophiles who own other brands of turntables. The performance, features, and use of the Centroid tonearm are identical for both versions. All adjustment parameters are available to attain the best performance from your cartridge, only the mounting system is different.

Spiral Groove’s original Centroid tonearm was built for use on Spiral Groove turntables only. Now its award winning performance is available on a universal mount for audiophiles who own other brands of turntables. The performance, features, and use of the Centroid tonearm are identical for both versions. All adjustment parameters are available to attain the best performance from your cartridge, only the mounting system is different.

Like all Spiral Groove components, the Universal Centroid arm is designed for easy installation and adjustment. It delivers the same reliable operation and unsurpassed performance that all Centroid tone arms are known for. Of course precision mounting is the foundation for achieving full performance from your cartridge. For this reason the Universal Centroid includes a custom set of tools to achieve exact pivot to spindle distance and bearing height with ease. And the arm requires only a single hole for attaching.

FEATURES

  • Mounting tools for finding the precise spindle-to-pivot distance and correct bearing height.
  • Arm base mounts in single hole with wires exiting from the rear of the arm.
  • Low weight design is suitable for use on many suspended chassis turntables.
  • NOTE! A minimum of 1.25 inch from arm mounting surface to platter surface is required for proper installation

Spiral Groove’s Centroid is imbued with a sense of stability that is unusual for unipivot tonearms. It's Balanced Force Design ensures an amazingly low background noise.

When the musical backdrop is quiet to begin with, the Centroid renders it as dead silent and inky black. This creates a dramatic increase in dynamic range, and an extremely tightly focused image, devoid of smear or grain.

Allan Perkins is an accomplished Jazz drummer and this arm gets the dynamics and slam of a well miked drum kit "oh so RIGHT!".

So if you are looking for soft slow over smoothed sound to gloss over less-than-perfect recordings, this arm is not designed to do that.

The Centroid is equally at home with delicate acoustic recordings. It has the ability to offer the small nuances and vocal inflections that other arms somehow miss.

It handles "top-flight big dog" moving coil cartridges with ease. Tracking ability is phenomenal.

It is among the very best of reference arms regardless of price and essential if you are to extract everything that a top-flight cartridge has to offer.