Merijn wrote:Hello all, Last week I got this Decca London International tonearm for free. I cannot find anny comments on the arm so maybe you can tell me if it is worth to try? thanks,
Is it new in the box, or used?
I owned a Decca International about 35 years ago. At that time, the headshell was a plug-in low mass "L" shaped skeleton affair. I used it with a Stanton 681A (conical) at 1.5g and then with an ADC XLM at 0.6g. That arm worked very well with high compliance cartridges and low VTF's. I'm not familiar with the details of the current production headshell.
The antiskate bias is adjustable by sliding the magnet collar up or down on the mounting post.
The reason I asked about new/used is that, once the damping fluid has been installed, it will run out and gum up the magnetic pivot suspension if laid on its side for any significant length of time. What that pretty much means is that, once the damping fluid has been installed, you can't ship it anywhere! I sold mine to another local fellow hand-to-hand.
You will need much patience to set it up and balance it but, once set, it will be stable.