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Thread: Timestep T-612 'banana' tonearm - mini review

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    I'm a little speechless at this latest chapter from the 'Chronicles of Tom'. I have to say that in appearance neither arm floats my boat, but I'm just so used to straight armed 12 inchers, I 'spose. Having said that, the Timestep one is a genuinely higher mass one (like the Glanz), and is so obviously suited to Miyajimas, the SPU and presumably, Koetsus. Not sure how that arm-rest works, though. The Ikeda arm looks to have a simple but effective clip like my PU7, but the Timestep one looks like a big black peg ! Your pic. without it suggests that it's removable, which is odd.

    Presumably the arm only comes with detachable head-shell, Tom and I wonder what other mounts are available. I have to say that the price is pretty good for that performance and may reflect the fact that it's made in Europe rather than Japan. I assume that the wiring is two piece, as in SME, but wonder what kind of coupling connector is used.

    Look forward to more investigative audio journalism, Tom; great stuff !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Reed View Post
    I'm a little speechless at this latest chapter from the 'Chronicles of Tom'. I have to say that in appearance neither arm floats my boat, but I'm just so used to straight armed 12 inchers, I 'spose. Having said that, the Timestep one is a genuinely higher mass one (like the Glanz), and is so obviously suited to Miyajimas, the SPU and presumably, Koetsus. Not sure how that arm-rest works, though. The Ikeda arm looks to have a simple but effective clip like my PU7, but the Timestep one looks like a big black peg ! Your pic. without it suggests that it's removable, which is odd.

    Presumably the arm only comes with detachable head-shell, Tom and I wonder what other mounts are available. I have to say that the price is pretty good for that performance and may reflect the fact that it's made in Europe rather than Japan. I assume that the wiring is two piece, as in SME, but wonder what kind of coupling connector is used.

    Look forward to more investigative audio journalism, Tom; great stuff !
    The arm clip - yes it's like a large clothespeg and it works really well! It's weighty enough to keep the arm down when changing cartridges. It's the opposite of fiddly and works well with the aesthetic of the arm.

    Yes both are the usual Ortofon/SME detachable 4-pin headshell/screw up collet. Not sure you'd want any alternative mounts, the only other removable headshell system with any widespread traction these days is the 'diamond' 4-pin layout EMT arrangement but since you can get EMT cartridges with an SME fitting nowadays you aren't really missing out. The connector on the base of both arms is a standard 5-pin connector (per SME/Linn/Ortofon/Jelco etc) - any standard arm cable will do as I mentioned I've been using an Audio Note AN-V silver litz arm cable that I've had for ages, using it on both arms. Both arms are internally silver-wired.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers; Amp - Radford STA100; Pre EAR 912; Vinyl: Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 / Ikeda IT-407 tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Ortofon SPU Royal N, Ikeda 9C III, SAEC/Excel C3; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Sonovox MC-4 1.0, Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage and SUT from EAR 912; Esoteric Sound Re-Equalizer for equalisation of early mono and 78, switchable in from tape loop; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily modded AN Kit DAC + Mutec MC3+USB.

    Study: Speakers - Tannoy DC6; Amp: Pass Aleph 'Mini'; preamp - Firebottle custom; Vinyl: Garrard 401 with AT1503 tonearm and vintage Ortofon SL-15e with matching Ortofon 2-15k SUT; Phono Stage: Firebottle Plus; Digital - Trichord Genesis III CDP + Arcam rBlink; Schiit Multibit DAC.

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