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Scheu Analog Tonearms

Scheu Classic MK2


Scheu Cantus

Scheu Tacco


 Scheu Classic MK2 Tonearm


"More than 10 years in the market and still one of the best ones.... Unipivot design, easy to setup and unbeatable price level are the major points beneath the brilliant sonic performance. We offer this tonearm in two versions - 10 and 12 inch."


The return of a classic. The predecessor of this arm sold hundreds and has almost achieved cult status. In response to demand, a redesigned Mk2 version has now been released.

The modifications from the Mk1 are concentrated on the total redesign of the base unit for the tone arm. With high-gloss nickel finish and improved lift plus anti-skating mechanism and a lifting base that can be adjusted in two planes, it comes in black or transparent acrylic and makes the comfort of operation and the reliability much better than ever before.

The principle of a unipivot bearing and tried-and-trusted features such as the single-piece tone arm made of laser-cut sheet aluminum folded into a U-shaped profile with optional black or white powder coating, the nitrogen hardened and polished unipivot bearing for minimum friction and the standardized cabling running right through to the cinch plugs remain nevertheless as unparalleled as ever. Azimuth adjustment, lateral balance and anti-skating are built-in components of the arm.

What has not changed is of course the excellent sound and the unbeatable price for an arm of this quality.

The Classic Mk2 is available in two versions:. a 9-inch version with a pivot-to-spindle separation of 227 mm (effective mass 11 grams) and a 9-inch version with a pivot-to-spindle separation of 293 mm (effective mass 14 grams).

The 12-inch version of the arm is as ever the perfect partner for the Denon DL-103. A well-kept secret!

Scheu Classic MK2 Tonearms, 12" and 10"

Photos courtesy of a customer's system

Scheu Classic MK2 Tonearms

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Scheu Classic MK2 Tonearms, 12" and 10"

Photos courtesy of a customer's system

Scheu Classic MK2 Tonearms

Scheu Analog Classic MK2 arm assembly

Scheu Classic tonearm MK2 - armbase assembly

Scheu Classic MK2 Tonearm


"Hundreds of tonearms sold and the same amount of satisfied customers.  Made from one piece of aluminum, cut with a laser and folded to a U-form.  Nitrogen hardened and polished unipivot bearing."


A competitively priced tonearm that has all the necessary adjustments -  HTA, VTA, Anti-Skating, VTF, Azimuth.



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"The tonearm is a simple design. Made from one piece of aluminum, it is laser-cut and folded to form a H. It is a uni-pivot design with the contact point being a simple nitrogen -hardened bearing for friction-free operation. The cartridge weight is easily adjustable using a bronze weight. HTA and anti-skating are equally easily adjusted with bronze weights, and the same applies to azimuth adjustment. The copper cables that carry the signal from the cartridge are held inside the H-form tonearm by pieces of styrofoam that also decouple the tonearm for possible micro-vibrations during reading of the record groove. VTA is also easily adjustable. All this shows that we have a very simply-designed and well-thought tonearm that is well-manufactured and provides ease of adjustment."

- AV Extreme, Greece


Geometric details:

  12" 10"
Distance from Pivot to Spindle 293mm 227mm
Effective Mass 14 grams 11 grams
Material of Armwand


Recommended Cartridge Weight Range

5 to 15 grams

Mounting Hole Size

All Scheu tonearms share the same armbase assembly.  A 24mm hole is required to accommodate the Scheu tonearms' threaded collar.  On a Scheu turntable, a cut similar to the SME cut, but slightly narrower, is the preferred choice, as it allows easy movement forward and backward.


For distance from Pivot to Spindle, the 12" inch is 293-302 mm, depending on the cartridge you use, and the 9"/10" is 226-229 mm. There is no need to have 100% accuracy at a given point . But for academic purposes,  more exact would be 293 mm for 12" (although Wally of Wallytractor fame has the opinion that 302 mm is a better solution) and the 9"/10" at  227 mm. As long as you can adjust overhang and azimuth correctly, you should not mind at all about slight variations.


The distance from pivot to spindle can vary to up to +8 mm without encountering problems when  adjusting the cartridge, so a slightly larger distance of pivot-spindle is no problem at all.


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Scheu Cantus Tonearm

"Cantus! The base of this tonearm is the same as of the Tacco tonearm. We were looking for an approach to nearly match all the qualities of the Tacco and what came out was this not only wonderful to look at tonearm manufactured of acrylic. Its neutral tonality and energy is unmatched in its class and it plays at least two classes above the regular Classic tonearm. The absence of the tubing and the usage of a framework nearly completely eliminates all resonances giving the best conditions of tracking a record at the highest level possible. The sound is unrivalled and only excelled by the Tacco.

It•s a real temptation......."


In our experience, Scheu has another winner here.  It has all the hallmarks of the regular Classic tonearm that we like - it retains the articulate and authoritative bass prowess of the Classic, and adds a greater degree of refinement, as well as extracting more inner detail and ambient information.  Beautiful to behold, and easily detachable when needed.


The Cantus is available in two versions: a 9-inch version with an effective length of 229 mm (pivot-to-spindle separation 210.4 mm) and a 12-inch model with an effective length of 306 mm (pivot-to-spindle separation 292.3 mm).


Scheu Premier MK2 turntable, clear, Cantus tonearm

Cantus unipivot tonearm on a Premier MK2

mounted with a with a Music Maker MK2 Improved cartridge.

Superb sonic combination !  Beautiful on the transparent Premier MK2 Clear.


More pictures below, just click to enlarge

Scheu Cantus tonearm

Mounted on a Premier MK2  turntable, view from the top

Scheu Cantus tonearm

Mounted on a Cello turntable

Scheu Cantus tonearm

Mounted on a Premier MK2, view from the side


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Scheu Tacco Tonearm


Scheu Tacco Tonearm - Details


Scheu Tacco Tonearm

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Unipivot with Ruby/Sapphire bearing


Thuja or Amboina wood armwand


High attention to geometry and detail

Scheu Tacco tonearm

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"We call our new approach to a high-end unipivot tonearm Tacco. You might ask what this means. Well, in German language it is a kind of expression that everything is alright.... When listening to it you•ll find out that this is not overstated. We drew high attention to all design details and to geometry to make sure everything is - Tacco!"


"After considerable development time, study of the geometric necessities, material evaluation, sample structures, etc., we have concluded the test phase of our new arm and began production."


The tonearm is a combination of aluminum, wood (Thuja or Amboina - others on request), carbon fibre, and a rubinium/sapphire bearing.  This design resulted in disturbing energy to be drained efficiently and fast.


The Scheu Tacco is our top model with the conical wooden tone arm wand made of either thuja cedar or amboina pine (or others on request). Apart from ensuring maintenance of all the familiar geometric parameters, the development of the equipment also concentrated on fastidious choice of materials.


Thus the actual bearing/counterweight unit is made of tungsten, allowing not only a compact design concentrating all the free-to move mass into a condensed space but also the effective suppression of resonance inside the bearing unit thanks to the high density of the metal. The actual wand of the tone arm is manufactured as a compound unit comprising wood in connection with aluminium and carbon fibre.

This method of construction means that all kinds of stored energy can be eliminated quickly and effectively.

The Tacco tone arm has a unipivot bearing. The tip of the bearing is a ruby sphere at the end of a hard tungsten carbide rod. It is not the usual sharp point. The bearing recess is set into the bearing block and is made of a leuko- (white) sapphire. This arrangement leads to extremely little internal friction and, in addition, the contact surface is well-defined, eliminating any shifting of the point of the bearing. The Tacco is currently available as a 9-inch variant. The effective length is 238 mm with an effective mass in the range from 14 to 16 grams, depending on the wood employed. The Tacco is characterised by its very clear and well-contoured sound reproduction with highly pure bass and an outstandingly fine reproduction of treble. Voices are reproduced in extremely natural fashion.


Length: The Tacco is currently available in 9" length.

Effective length: 238 mm

Effective mass: 14 grams, 9.5"

Pivot to Spindle Distance : 212 mm


Scheu Tacco tonearm

Scheu Tacco tonearm


Scheu Tacco tonearm - Click to Enlarge


The Scheu Tacco arm in Amboina wood finish mounted on a

Scheu Premier MK3, with a Jan Allaerts cartridge

Scheu Tacco


Scheu Tacco arm in its packing box

Scheu Tacco in its box - Click to enlarge

Scheu Tacco outer box (Singapore only)

Scheu Tacco outer box - Click to enlarge


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Scheu Tacco Tonearm - Wood Finishes


There are two types of wood finish, amboina and thuja.  Both are classified under Burl veneers.  What is a burl ?   A burl is caused by an injury to the tree where the growth of the tree changes causing a random artistic swirling grain pattern as opposed to a normal linear grain pattern.


Notice from the photos below that the shade for both finishes are similar, slightly dark, with the difference more on the patterns.  Thuja and Amboina both have swirling grain, but the Thuja has more prominent spots, similar to Bird's Eye finishes.  With either finish, the Tacco tonearm will have an effective mass of about 14 grams.


Amboina - golden brown burl, swirling grain.  From Amboina Burl, one of the rarest burls.


Thuja - from a unique conifer tree related to cedar. Burled root wood.


  Amboina Wood Finish

Scheu Tacco tonearm - Amboina - Click to enlarge

Amboina - Sample

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  Thuja Wood Finish

Scheu Tacco tonearm - Thuja - Click to enlarge

Thuja - sample

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