mosin wrote:I have one of those, and it is the original Audio-Technica 1005, which was later sold under a variety of names, including Sparta, Syntec and Piezo. There were probably other names, as well. The tonearms were used on broadcast turntables all over, so they are easily found on the used marketplace for very attractive prices. Anyway, it is an extremely competent tonearm for the money.
hags wrote:I think they're great arms. I have rewired both of mine with 33 ga litz and upgraded/replaced the bearing balls.
There was an immediate and obvious pay off with the rewiring. The arm seemed smoother after the bearing upgrade as well. These arms are 35-45 years old(?) and the wiring was discolored and noticably stiff and brittle.
Absolutely fantastic sounding, especially considering the price you can find them for. Also, there seem to be alot floating around that are new in the box or those that have never been installed.
If you don't want to keep one or both drop me a PM.
I have one of those, and it is the original Audio-Technica 1005
satanfriendly wrote:I have one of those, and it is the original Audio-Technica 1005
Are you sure Mosin as it doesn't look anything like the 1005 I used for some 20 years or so. The most prominent thing on the AT being the sliding weight on the arm. In second thought I did have the MkII if I remember so obviously not the original version.
Still I must admit I have never heard of Sparta, but judging by the photos they do look very nice for their age. In the back of my mind I recall a similar (if not the same) arm on E-Bay here in the UK recently.