Mission 774 (original)
Rigid Low Mass Stereo Tonearm
The original Mission 774 tonearm was designed by John Bicht and incorporated fluid damping and a detachable alloy arm wand.
The arm is designed to direct couple the cartridge assembly to the turntable mass.
This is essential in that if the tonearm suffers free play, it will inevitably set itself in motion independent of record modulations thereby adding to and subtracting from information retrieved by the stylus tip.
The secret of the Mission 774 is its unique rigid bearing design, elimination of conventional 'flapping' headshell and other resonating parts, total structural integrity, low effective mass and minimal pivot friction.
The arm employs silicone viscous damping and three different damping paddles are supplied with the 774 to optimize the performance of different cartridges of varying compliance.
Effective length: 229mm
Effective mass: <5.5g (depending on counterweight)
Friction: <15mg (horizontal and vertical)
Downforce error: <0.2%
Fundamental resonance: 5 to 18Hz (depending on cartridge)
Cartridge mass: 2 to 10g
Connections: 1200mm cable
Armtube / headshell assembly: interchangeable
Hydraulic damping: viscous fluid
Cable capacitance: 125pf (per channel)
Adjustments: height, tilt, overhang and bias
Optional extras: arm tubes and counterweight
Arguably one of the finest low mass tonearms; the Mission 774 is distinguished by its dry and controlled neutrality; upper midband was slightly hard; offered a fine transient performance - £157 HiFi Choice 1983
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By a long way the best arm I have had (been able to afford).
Detail, impact and colour in abundance and very flexible in cartridge choice but can be a pain to set up,but once set up is well worth it.
9/10 by abril
I love this arm. Sounds great with every cartridge- using the appropriate paddle. Solidly built, fairly easy to set up. A keeper and a classic!!
10/10 by fishy
Very flexible wrt cartridges compliance by adding or retreaving silicon liquid.
Excellent with most of cartridges except with heavy ones with low compliance eg Denon DL103.
It should be more recognised
10/10 by bfievre
On a Systemdek Transcription, sounds tremendous. The paddles do improve the stability so are well worth trying. You might wonder what the point of buying a new arm is although I play a 774SM more often.
9/10 by slawts
For those who manage to get one with the cartridge headblock still intact, bolts that work in it are metric 2.5 x 8. Still preping it for the install so I cant comment on sound quality yet. More later.
5/10 by pdxdennisj