British Made Tonearm with Offset Vertical Bearings
The Roksan Tabriz is a conventional gimbal bearing tonearm with single piece headshell and arm tube.
The Tabriz can be bought as, or upgraded to Zi specification which uses the Zi intelligent counterweight option, improved fixing clamp from the Artemiz tonearm and Roksan's high definition phono cable.
The standard counterweight is compliantly mounted on rubber suspension and sits on a stem which is lower than the main arm tube to bring the weight in line with the stylus, reducing stylus pressure changes on warped records.
The Zi counterweight hangs from a single point on a rider on the rear stem, effectively decoupling it from the arm and dramatically lowering the centre of gravity. The latest version of the counterweight uses a tubular body style which accepts different weight blocks for cartridge matching.
The high definition cable option uses high quality, low-capacitance cable particularly suited to MC cartridges and features a short, highly flexible section close to the tonearm plug, useful on softly sprung turntables.
The arm is a drop in replacement for Rega cut armboards up to 26mm thick.
Effective length: 240mm
Headshell offset angle: 22.9 degrees
Effective mass: 9g
Mounting hole diameter: 23mm
Armboard thickness 1 to 26mm
Cartridge weight: 5 to 11g
Tracking force: 1.2 to 2.5g uncalibrated
VTA adjustment: sliding collar
Anti-skate: dial adjuster
Well built, pleasantly finished, ideal for turntable fans whose sights are set higher than the average bank balance - £165 What HiFI Award winner 1991
Though obviously targeted at the Xerxes, it is also a good alternative to the Rega arms in many applications - £165 HFC 1992
The Tabriz in it's Zi incarnation is an extremely competent arm that should work very well with a range of decks - £500 HFC 2003
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The Tabriz with Artemiz hanging counterweight is annoying in the extreme to use but has a fair amount of detail. It has a brighter tonal balance than the Rega arms it originally competed with and price increases have pushed it into serious arm territory.
8/10 by JaS
Very rigid arm tube. Great finish. Sounds uncolored and fast to me.
I have the Tabriz Zi. I used to have an RB300, which seemed a little more polite, dare I say a bit more boring, but I can't be definite as I've changed too many things simultaneously to comment sensibly.
The hanging counterweight doesn't bother me, I rather like it and can't see how it could be a problem.
The only thing that bugs me (and bugs me a lot) is the clip/clamp that hold the arm in its rest position. Unlike the Rega arm, which has a locking clip that can be folded over if you want the arm to stay put, the Roksan arm has a stiff sprung C shaped clip, that you have to force the arm into every time you take it off a record. Doing this results in a SCREEEK noise which I find unpleasant and marks the arm's tube.
7/10 by Roland_O