Ok, i've spent a couple of hours this morning listening to this 'new' arm, it's fitted, at the moment, to an LPT with a Grado Prestige Gold cartridge.
Now i'm not one to use the language of the hifi journalists when describing what they hear but this 'combination of parts' is really excellent, it has depth, huge soundstage, individual instruments are clear and well defined, vocals are just sublime, as lifelike as they can be within the confines of my overcrowded and oddly shaped listening room.....I think synergy is the word i'm looking for.
Bass is tight and hits your chest like canon fire, mid range is very good especially vocals and it has a very smooth but detailed top end, percussion instruments are really life like.
Compared to other tonearms i have it stands up for itself and isn't overshadowed by any of them, admittedly they all sound a little different and all have their own individual characteristics but this 'new' arm is certainly capable of keeping up with arms that cost three times as much so overall it's come as a welcome suprise.
I listen to a lot of live music of all genres and comparitively this is probably one of the better experiences i've had with recorded music..... i really need to spend a week or two getting use to it and importantly i need to use the arm/cart combination on another PT as i'm sure the LPT can be improved on.
I like this arm, it may well be bettered by some top end stuff but i reckon i'd have to spend loads to beat it