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    Default What tonearm does one aspire to own.

    For many owning a Sme Series V arm was a real aspiration these days there are so many choices from the likes of Glanz, Ikeda, bergman, graham, timestep and for deep pockets the Sat etc the choices are unlimited. Cost no object what would one aspire to own as a end game choice.

    For me its rather difficult as I like owning a few.

    My current likes are

    1. Acoustical systems Axiom which seems to work great on my EMT 927 extremly detailed with a great sence of space.

    2. Fidelity Research FR66 for sheer scale and plushness.

    3. Airtangent 10B very engaging midrange and wide soundstage the most un mechanical tonearm produced in my opinion.

    4. Kondo sme v12 this variant of the V/12 seems to float my boat with its sence of solidity and authority and control needs to be partnered with cartridges carefully.

    5. Graham Phantom elite 12" not to keen on the 9" elite but in my opinion the 12" variant is very musical great solidity in the bass with a liquid midrange.

    6. Time step tonearm a total bargain if there ever was one.

    7. Glanz these high mass tonearms need to be heard to be appreciated a real joy. Great sense of weight with a great sense of flow very engaging.
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    My System Micro Seiki 8000mk2 Kondo special V12 Tiger Eye, Fidelity Research FR 66 Shindo spu, Kronos Pro Axiom 12" tonearm Etsuro Bordeaux, EMT 927, Sme Model 30/12 gold, Graham Phantom Elite Top wing Dalby stabiliser or Thales Simplicity 2, Shindo Garrard 301 complete system. sme 3012r shindo spu. Morsiani tonearm, Fidelity research fr66, Sme 3012 mk1, Sme V, Ikeda 407 IT Sme Model 30/2/Dynavector 507 Kodo Beat Turntable Airtangent 10B modified Fidelity fr66s Etsuro Cartridge . Kondo Gakuoh Mk1 powers G70 Pre,Audio Tekne TFA-8695PCS pre Audio Tekne TEA 8695 Phono. Lfd Battery Phono Stage heavily custom rebuilt by Dr Richard Bews, Tharx Phono Stage. Lfd Master Dual Biamp power amp, Lfd Anniversary master preamp. Shindo Latour Field Coil. Rockport Cygnus Biamped, Voigt Domestic Corner Horns/ Feastex Fildcoils. LFD Custom silver Ribbons. LFD Diamond Vipor Mk2 interconnects, Lfd Golden Cobra interconnect. Koetsu blue lace mono special order, Koetsu burma jade mono special order.

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    Schroeder Reference for me - and it's just arrived!

    It will go with my Schroeder Model 2 on my Platine Verdier
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    Since I'm lucky enough to have both Glanz and Timestep tonearms on hand, the one arm that I'd like to hear is the SAT. Not because I want one, but to know how and why it justifies its stratospheric price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ammonite Acoustics View Post
    Since I'm lucky enough to have both Glanz and Timestep tonearms on hand, the one arm that I'd like to hear is the SAT. Not because I want one, but to know how and why it justifies its stratospheric price.
    The sat produces quite a dramatic sound big and bold I find it lacks a bit of delicacy and nuance personally but no doubt its a mighty fine performer. I have heard one on the emt 927 and thought the Axiom sounded far more balanced as a combination. Both are crazy priced Axiom in at around 20k the entry sat is 25k
    My System Micro Seiki 8000mk2 Kondo special V12 Tiger Eye, Fidelity Research FR 66 Shindo spu, Kronos Pro Axiom 12" tonearm Etsuro Bordeaux, EMT 927, Sme Model 30/12 gold, Graham Phantom Elite Top wing Dalby stabiliser or Thales Simplicity 2, Shindo Garrard 301 complete system. sme 3012r shindo spu. Morsiani tonearm, Fidelity research fr66, Sme 3012 mk1, Sme V, Ikeda 407 IT Sme Model 30/2/Dynavector 507 Kodo Beat Turntable Airtangent 10B modified Fidelity fr66s Etsuro Cartridge . Kondo Gakuoh Mk1 powers G70 Pre,Audio Tekne TFA-8695PCS pre Audio Tekne TEA 8695 Phono. Lfd Battery Phono Stage heavily custom rebuilt by Dr Richard Bews, Tharx Phono Stage. Lfd Master Dual Biamp power amp, Lfd Anniversary master preamp. Shindo Latour Field Coil. Rockport Cygnus Biamped, Voigt Domestic Corner Horns/ Feastex Fildcoils. LFD Custom silver Ribbons. LFD Diamond Vipor Mk2 interconnects, Lfd Golden Cobra interconnect. Koetsu blue lace mono special order, Koetsu burma jade mono special order.

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    It always used to be an SME series V, but I really like the look of the timestep arm and the Glanz.
    And now I have a Voyd turntable back in the system I wouldn't mind having the Fidelity Research FR64.
    Chris

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    Not sure, I've had the V for that long I never really thought I needed anything else. Time will tell I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REXTON View Post
    Not sure, I've had the V for that long I never really thought I needed anything else. Time will tell I suppose.
    It's a great arm, I wouldn't mind having one.
    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris@panteg View Post
    It's a great arm, I wouldn't mind having one.
    I originally purchased mine on eBay, it originated from Merthyr Tydfil from a weird bloke with lots of African masks decorating his terrace!!!
    SOLID STATE

    CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU DECK 1210 Mat SPH SSS Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony armboard Feet Isonoe/Ebony PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/3 Stage Regs/Recap PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10

    VALVE SYSTEM

    PRE
    Croft Epoch(Mega Modded) AMP Sondex S100 (modded) SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECKS Garrard301/401 Mat Teunto Bearing 401 Plinth Moldovan Arms 3009/3012(Ikeda Ag wired) PSU Eagle+Tachometer MC Ag Meister v2 / Royall N SPU's CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ Speaker 10mm Cu + WBT-0681 Ag IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise(4 Box) / EAR 834 Clone (modded)




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    Quote Originally Posted by REXTON View Post
    I originally purchased mine on eBay, it originated from Merthyr Tydfil from a weird bloke with lots of African masks decorating his terrace!!!
    Love that, quite like the idea of buying something from someone who's a bit eccentric 😁
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrajbasi View Post
    The sat produces quite a dramatic sound big and bold I find it lacks a bit of delicacy and nuance personally but no doubt its a mighty fine performer. I have heard one on the emt 927 and thought the Axiom sounded far more balanced as a combination. Both are crazy priced Axiom in at around 20k the entry sat is 25k
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    Ortofon Cadenza Black moving coil cartridge - Fritz Gyger S re-tip
    Yannis Tome 423.5 Silver-Litz tonearm cable with KLEI Pure Silver Harmony plugs
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