As always, when we develop a product, we test the conditions for an exceptional product with optimal functionality and then begin in accordance with our development budget. There were no financial limitations for the TA-9000 – we could draw on unlimited resources. The objective was to rethink everything for which an optimal solution did not yet exist on the market.
THE ARM TUBE
The tone arm tube on a tone arm should be as stiff and light as possible and, at the same time, damping. Until now this has been impossible. Either it was stiff and light like carbon but without any type of damping and with a tendency towards resonances within listening frequency. Aluminum tubes and magnesium die casting were relatively stiff but heavy and also hardly damping. Or it was made of esoteric mixtures and material combinations which were rumored to have tremendous properties until tested. A true solution that verifi ably combined all the confl icting features did not yet exist.
For a long time we have researched, tested, listened, measured and begun again. The resulting product has compensated for all the hard work. A tone arm tube like this has never been produced before. The two tubes are externally conical but internally round. Both are made of aluminum. The tubes are combined with hundreds of connecting elements. The tubes are bound together tightly by more than 700 pads. These are designed to be similar to tree branches and are arranged around the inner tube in a spiral. This is all manufactured as one continuous piece without spaces. In this way, both tubes are very stiffl y joined to each other. To sum it up, this is an unprecedented arm tube. To date, it accomplishes the unaccomplishable requirements for a light-weight, extremely stiff yet simultaneously damping tube. Perfect for every pickup. Perfect for our top of the line tone arm TA-9000.
Even with this, one supposes there are already enough ball bearings. However, tone arms have a very tricky peculiarity. A tone arm should guide the needle fl awlessly and not create any friction – neither horizontally nor vertically. At best, it should not present any bearing clearance or friction. This does not work mutually. If there is clearance, then there is friction and vice versa.
Likewise, a external pure silver phono cable is supplied. The counter weight is manufactured in brass. It can be fi ne-adjusted on a thread. The TA-9000 Arm is available in 9 and 12 inch versions. The mounting hole pattern is SME compatible.
|Length||9 inch||10 inch||12 inch|
|Cartridge balance range||4 - 22g||4 - 22g||4 - 22g|
|Distance from pivot to stylus||222mm||237.8mm||295.6mm|
|Zero Point inner DIA||61mm||61mm||61mm|
|Zero Point outer DIA||121mm||121mm||121mm|
|Tonarm mounting||SME compatibility|