What Tonearm is This?

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ictwoody
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Re: Another tonearm identification?

Post by ictwoody » 23 Mar 2017 17:01

JaS wrote:It looks like Japan Piezo/Spartec/Syntec broadcast arm. It was sold under numerous brands and model names.

https://www.vinylengine.com/library/jap ... -402.shtml
https://www.vinylengine.com/library/sparta/st-220.shtml
https://www.vinylengine.com/library/syntec/s-220.shtml
Yeah. After I posted last night I did some really deep google diving looking at images and I finally figured it out. Was hoping for something really cool. Not a bad little arm though. Seems like a workhorse. Might toss my Aluminum bodied DL103 on it and see how it sounds.

- Woody

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help needed identifying an unknown tonearm

Post by jeanpl » 09 Sep 2017 18:23

I would need help from an expert identifying this tonearm.
It has an interesting 3 part weight.
I would guess that the side weight is the antiskating..

Thanks for your help
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Re: help needed identifying an unknown tonearm

Post by JaS » 09 Sep 2017 18:29

The arm was sold as a Japan Piezo or Syntec (amongst others).

FWIW there is no anti-skate, the side weight is for lateral balance.

https://www.vinylengine.com/library/jap ... -402.shtml
https://www.vinylengine.com/library/syntec/s-220.shtml

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Re: help needed identifying an unknown tonearm

Post by jeanpl » 09 Sep 2017 18:50

Thanks JaS!

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Please help me identify these tonearms

Post by mrquant » 30 Mar 2018 01:48

Hi All,

Been cleaning out the turntable boneyard in the garage. Trying to put together some working tables for my daughter's friends who are getting into vinyl. I would appreciate any info on two arms that I don't remember buying. Probably from a mixed box at a yard sale.

First up is this nicely made piece with a straight arm:
40921
Note the spring. The headshell is removable.

Second is this unusual item:
40922
I don't understand this arm. Is this a unipivot design? I don't know anything about them. The arm sort of flops around like a ball and socket joint. It seems nicely made. The S-shaped arm is removable as is the headshell.

Thanks for any pointers,
John

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Re: Please help me identify these tonearms

Post by nat » 30 Mar 2018 02:24

The top one, I believe, was sometimes called All Balance, but there was recent thread about a turntable which it was partnered with. It was Danish, I think, and the company that made it became of was absorbed by B&O. There were japanese versions of the arm, but I wouldn't know how to distinguish them.
I believe the second one is indeed a unipivot, and I think it is japanese, but I can never remember the name of the company or companies that made them. Ikeda? Tokyo? Syntec?
Both arms have their devotees, and if in good shape, could be useful, or quite salable.

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Re: Please help me identify these tonearms

Post by mrquant » 30 Mar 2018 22:41

Thanks for the info! I think I'll McGyver up an arm board and try it out on the old 124.

Anyone have anymore specifics on the unipivot? I have been reading up and the conversations are pretty interesting. I guess I will need a collar for it and I'll need to figure out what weight or whatever hung off the little perpendicular post. Any pointers appreciated.

Best,
John

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Re: Please help me identify these tonearms

Post by addicted-to-analog » 31 Mar 2018 06:30

The second arm could be a Stax.

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Re: Please help me identify these tonearms

Post by LD100 » 31 Mar 2018 07:49

addicted-to-analog wrote:The second arm could be a Stax.
Indeed it could...a Stax UA-7 without its counterweight, base, cueing device and anti-skate mechanism. #-o

Mine is a UA-7/cf, same thing except a carbon fiber arm.
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I have been using mine since 1976 when I bought the turntable. No problems with either. :o =D>

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Re: Please help me identify these tonearms

Post by mrquant » 31 Mar 2018 23:01

Thanks! Just looked at a few pictures on the web and Stax UA-7 it appears to be. Looks like I need to start a scavenger hunt for the missing bits. I assume I can live without the lifter. Do you happen to know if the mount is a standard size like a Linn or something?

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Re: Please help me identify these tonearms

Post by LD100 » 01 Apr 2018 02:22

mrquant wrote:Do you happen to know if the mount is a standard size like a Linn or something?
The best I can do is that the installation manual calls for a 22 to 24 mm hole under the tone arm base. This is a simple sleeve with a set screw to adjust tone arm height.
To the best of my recollection, back in the 70's there was not a lot of standardization between different manufacturers mounting bases.

You may find the Stax installation manual in the vinylengine library helpful.

Good luck! :D

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help to identify tonearm

Post by eaglerock_2 » 08 Apr 2018 03:28

Hi need help identifying this tonearm, possibly Acos
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Re: help to identify tonearm

Post by Copperhead » 08 Apr 2018 14:25

Looks like it was taken off a turntable, maybe a Sansui.

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Re: help to identify tonearm

Post by Tim70_99 » 08 Apr 2018 18:02

eaglerock_2 wrote:Hi need help identifying this tonearm, possibly Acos
Identical to the one fitted to my Sansui SR-222 Mk1. Decent arm I'd say.

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Re: help to identify tonearm

Post by eaglerock_2 » 09 Apr 2018 21:23

Thank you - yes it certainly is the Sansui tonearm.

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