Linear Tracking Tonearm
The Souther is a classic, high end linear tracking tonearm, now produced by Clearaudio as the Master TQ1.
Arm type: Linear, tangential tracking
Maximum tracking error: 0 degrees
Cueing: Vertical and horizontal
Anti-skate: not required
Cartridge weight range: 1 to 20 grams
The Souther SLA-3 is capable of excellent performance. However, making it produce these results will require a good deal of patient adjusting and readjusting by the user. The SLA-3 is the best of it's type that I have seen - $850 Audio May 1984
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True, this arm is difficult to set up, but, when done correctly, it is still State of the Art !!
10/10 by Bobzilla
I don't think this arm is as hard as people think it is. Frankly, it's easy. Keep the bubble level is centered and the quartz rods and bearings clean. Use good wire, like the stock stuff Lou Souther included, and you will get great performance. Caveats: the short arm will exaggerate the pitch effect of warps, a record clamp is a must, and vacuum hold-down is wonderful. Use a high compliance cartridge, the moving mass of the arm is practically nil. Enjoy the sweet sound of no tangential error!
9/10 by tvphobic
Simply amazing when it's setup right
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