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Postby Andy Ashworth » 23 Sep 2007 21:28

Sorry everyone, not so much of a quiz but many thanks will go to the person who can identify this arm. Apologies for the rather 'pants' photos but these are the only images I have.

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It looks like a cross between an Audio Technica and a Sparta. :?

Any ideas?
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Postby JaS » 23 Sep 2007 22:57

It looks like an AT-1005 with shades of Syntec/Japan Piezo?

http://www.vinylengine.com/library.php?make=Syntec
http://www.vinylengine.com/library.php? ... an%20Piezo

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Postby Shoji » 23 Sep 2007 23:52

Tone arm is model Audio Technica AT1005 from first model series of this tonearm in middle years of 1960's
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Postby Andy Ashworth » 24 Sep 2007 08:25

Thanks Shoji and Jas, I have now seen a pic of a 1005 mk1 and it is indeed the same. The Syntec and Japan seem to be modded versions of this arm.

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Postby krenzler » 24 Sep 2007 11:46

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Postby Andy Ashworth » 24 Sep 2007 16:53

Thanks Krenzler, very interesting link.

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Postby satanfriendly » 25 Sep 2007 02:15

Very interseting link there and thanks for bringing it to light (not too sharp on my japanese though)

Seems I have an arm which falls somewhere between the 1005 and the 1009. Certainly has the counterweight of the 9, but no lift device and I do recall it being boxed as a 1005. I can only but presume AT arms were subject to variations.

I really must say though, for an arm dating back to the late 60's/early 70's the finish is as perfect as the day it was made. A friend only recently remarked on it's immaculate condition and sonic capability.

Eeee they just don't make things like they used to.
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