When altering the VTA the arm base can swivel indeed
but is brought back to it's original/proper position once the locking screw is
tightened again. That's why it says "do not adjust VTA while playing a record"
in the manual. It certainly won't mess up your initial overhang adjustment.
When the customer tells me upfront he has an unusually heavy cartridge I'll just
send a heavier counterweight. The standard counter-weight works with all carts
between 6 and 11gr., for a VTF of 1.2 to 2,5gr.
The arm comes with the wiring of your choice, either Incognito or my own, very
thin high purity solid core copper wiring (others available upon request). The
Incognito would be very hard to break, the solid core copper is easy to kink but
not so easy to break (yes it's not for the fainthearted ;-)).
Sonically there is a very small difference between the two, but the solid core
wire (which I prefer by a hair) requires a long break in time.
Yes, the armrest might need adjustment which is true for any arm if you're not
happy with the cueing clearance between stylus and record. The armrest parts are
press fit together so that they're going to move out of the way instead of being
bent in the case of mishandling (UPS should do all the stress tests on the
Setting antiskating requires the use of a test disc (any disc with a long lead
out groove will do, read the instructions) or Wally's antiskating tool - and
then your ears, as is the case with any high caliber arm. Quite often calibrated
dials should be regarded as a guideline only.
Yes, fitting a dustcover may require cutting out a small piece of the dustcover
(usually there is enough clearance between the cover and the plinth), or better,
drill a second, small hole in the tt base next to the arm and let the wire go
out through the base (That's what a dealer/distributor is for, assistance in
The possibility to change armwands was incorporated with those people in mind
that, after listening to one cart for a long time, want to go for another cart
with vastly different parameters (cart mass, compliance). This way you don't
have to buy a new tone arm, just another armwand. It was never intended for a
quick swap of wand/cart combinations as implementing such a feature would
require additional electrical and mechanical connections (Graham, Moerch) or
exchanging almost the entire tonearm (VPI). All excellent arms, btw.
Each tonearm designer is facing a multitude of challenges, some which exclude
the combination of certain features. I happened to go for best sonics and did
sacrifice calibrated dials and detrimental electrical connections for as plain
and "clean" an appearance as possible.
I wholeheartedly second your statement that my arms are not for beginners,
simply because their sonic potential will only be unleashed through proper
BTW, the reason for the sonic superiority of the reference arm is directly
related to the reduction of thread length and armwand/assembly mass (not eff.
mass!). You do need a top quality system to appreciate the differences though.
The perceived higher "stability" (two degrees of freedom versus three in the
No.2 and Reference arms) of the No.1's bearing is inconsequential in operation.
Lastly the No.1 arm is more difficult to set up than the other two since as you
correctly stated. Changing one parameter can or will change another (VTF -
azimuth, azimuth - overhang).
On the other hand changing VTA on any unipivot arm
will automatically change VTF to a certain degree (true for my No.2 and
Reference arm as well). Oh well, you can't win 'em all... "