Sumiko MDC-800 The Arm
Gimbal Bearing Tonearm
The Sumiko MDC800 'The Arm' is a high end design loosely based on the legendary Breuer tonearm.
The arm features a fixed headshell, large arm tube, gimbal bearings, decoupled counterweight and spring applied VTF and anti-skating force.
Different counterweights can be fitted for cartridge matching.
Effective arm length: 228.6mm
Pivot to rear of arm: 63.5mm
Cartridge overhang: 18.17mm
Offset angle: 24.14 degrees
Mounting distance: 210.43mm
Height adjustment range: 35 to 57mm
Tracking force adjustment: 1.75g max calibrated (more using counterweight)
Bearing type: 4-point gimbal ball race and cone
Bearing friction: less than 10mg
Arm lead capacitance: 100pf
Cartridge weight range: 4 to 18g
Effective mass: 11g (with L weight)
The sound of the MDC-800 was smooth and relaxed. Bass definition, always good, was marginally improved with the production sample, and it demonstrates fine depth, neutrality and tunefulness - £795 HiFi Choice 1983
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One of the best. Beautifully machined - best bearings I 've ever played with. Right up there with the Mission Mechanic as one of the most rigid, unshakable arms ever made. Outstanding choice for low compliance MC's. Will put any unipivot to shame in the bass for these cartridges.
10/10 by dcbingaman