Tone arm upgrade?

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audiofreak1954
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Tone arm upgrade?

Post by audiofreak1954 » 31 Jan 2017 16:22

Can the tonearm on the dp 1200 be upgraded (without major surgery on the plemth?

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Re: Tone arm upgrade?

Post by Guest » 31 Jan 2017 17:48

After viewing the service manual on here, I would say No.
The stock tonearm and platter control circuitry depend on each other.
Seems like a fine unit, I'd leave things alone.

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Re: Tone arm upgrade?

Post by funkhawk » 02 Feb 2017 07:21

No, the dp-1100 and dp-2000 are better suitable for tonearm switch.

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Don't draw any quick conclusions

Post by EdAInWestOC » 02 Feb 2017 19:53

I wouldn't make any rash decisions without further research into the circuitry.

I own a Denon DP-62L that includes a servo controlled arm which I removed. I replaced it with an OEM Rega RB 300 with Incognito wiring, Michell Technoweight and a Riggle VTAF. The arm was replaced some years ago and I have had no negative side effects.

And yes...the arm upgrade made a serious difference. The Denon servo tonearm is OK but even a modest Rega RB-300 is a significant upgrade.

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Re: Tone arm upgrade?

Post by audiofreak1954 » 07 Feb 2017 17:12

The dp1200 is manual with auto lift only. So I guess if arm was changed it would not be an issue as manual adjustments are available for VTA and Anti-skate. Well I'll worry about that later as it sounds pretty good for now. But am open to ideas and options. I am reloading the war chest for a cartridge upgrade next (AT-Art 9) maybe if I can fine a value out there somewhere.just wonder if an upgrade arm would have more impact on the sound than the cartridge upgrade as the ATOC9ML is doing an incredible job and with the recent addition of the Black Cube Pre it's a very nice combo.

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Re: Tone arm upgrade?

Post by Freddymac1 » 27 Apr 2017 02:18

It is my opinon that the compatbility of the arm and cartridge become more important the higher you go. I used a very good cartridge on a Grace 707, and I never heard what the cart could do until I moved it to a higher mass arm. The difference was amazing. Have you found a new arm yet?

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