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Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 27 Nov 2018 16:59
by Mark E Smith's Dentist
Hi all, does anyone know what this is? The headshell says Grace but I've spent an hour with Google Images and failed to find anything quite the same. There's one that bears a passing resemblance at the pivot but that's it.


Pictures are not mine BTW, they're from the ebay seller. I've not picked up the arm yet.

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JT

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 27 Nov 2018 18:15
by themisto462
Hi JT.

I think that you have an audio-technica AT-1005 (MKI) tonearm.
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Regards.

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 27 Nov 2018 20:51
by Mark E Smith's Dentist
Blow me, you're right! I've never in my life seen a mk1 1005 - the mk2 is common as you-know-what!

Thanks for the help.


JT

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 28 Nov 2018 08:31
by themisto462
Mark E Smith's Dentist wrote:
27 Nov 2018 20:51
Thanks for the help.
You're welcome.

Hopefully, the added DIY "extra weight" can be removed easily from the counterweight... .

Regards.

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 11 Dec 2018 02:56
by ChrisfromRI
Any ideas on who made this tonearm? A friend asked me to check it out and go over it for him, and I can see it has dynamic tracking force (see spring), as well as anti-skating, but a very delicate mounting base which makes me think it is a vintage era design. Otherwise it looks really nice, and I'm told it is capable of very good sound. Thoughts?

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Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 11 Dec 2018 08:38
by themisto462
Looks like the ortofon RS-212.

https://www.ortofon.com/media/15229/ort ... s_212.jpeg

Regards.

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 11 Dec 2018 21:45
by ChrisfromRI
Thanks thermisto462, you nailed it! That's exactly the tonearm!!

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 19 Dec 2018 23:48
by oskar2905
Any ideas who made this tonearm? Turntable is nec-aup6300e. Headshell is aftermarket but I have an original too (second picture). It's looks like few tonearms mixed together to me...
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Thank you for the answers
Oskar

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 20 Dec 2018 03:06
by Spinner45
oskar2905 wrote:
19 Dec 2018 23:48
Any ideas who made this tonearm? Turntable is nec-aup6300e. Headshell is aftermarket but I have an original too (second picture). It's looks like few tonearms mixed together to me...

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Thank you for the answers
Oskar
That's obviously the factory tonearm on that turntable, and a check of the turntable's name will answer your question.

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 20 Dec 2018 08:58
by oskar2905
So you think nec made this tonearm? Lots of japanese turntables have micro seiki arms etc. I thought it could not be an arm designed by nec but maybe...

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 21 Dec 2018 01:17
by nat
I'm not sure how accurate the idea that Micro Seiki was secretly making a substantial portion of the arms on Japanese tables actually is. It is true that there is/was lots of subcontracting going on in Japanese industries in the 50s and onward, and that CEC and Funai built many of the tables sold under other names, but the idea that Micro Seiki had enough excess capacity to build lots and lots of arms (and, apparently, to do so for cheap so that they could be part of a (supposedly) surprising number of modestly priced tables) seems hard to believe.
Looking at the low end Micros might lead to a different direction for subcontracting - they look very much like generic tables, granted with a few cosmetic touches to tart them up (and yes, I think they make the tables look cheaper than they are).
If, in fact Micro was cranking out arms for other makers, they were clearly doing it down to a spec and a price, and are not likely to compare well with their labelled arms.
There is much to be said for honest, cost effective products even if they are not top of the line. All the NEC audio products I've seen have been quite nice on their own merits, so I don't see the point of gilding the lily.

And if I'm wrong about Micro, I assume this is the place where I'll find out.

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 21 Dec 2018 18:23
by ColdBeer
Your tonearm looks very similar to one on Sansui 838, that was the last turntable made by Micro Seiki for other brands.
However, on list of Micro Seiki work for other brands, only NEC listed is AUP-700E.

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 22 Dec 2018 01:37
by nat
I didn't know there is a list of Micro products used in other equipment - where would I find this?

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 27 Jan 2019 14:26
by elreza

Re: What Tonearm is This?

Posted: 28 Jan 2019 11:27
by elreza
After some research think I've answered my own question , a Silver Note , thanks anyway