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Tonearm Identification Help Please?!

Discussion in 'classic' started by Chorlton Analogue, Jan 16, 2023.

  1. Chorlton Analogue

    Chorlton Analogue Trade: Chorlton Analogue

    Last edited: Jan 20, 2023
  2. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    It looks quite DIY. A Small manufacturer, or an early Nottm A?
  3. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    Looks like a hybrid with some SME bits.
  4. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

    Garrard 4HF head shell
  5. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    We've no idea what it is, but we want £1,000 anyway.
  6. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Oh...kay. o_O
  7. colasblue

    colasblue pfm Member

    Yes and clearly quite extensively modified.

    That pretty much confirms it as some sort of DIY project even if it's quite a well executed one.
  8. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    My guess it that there isn't an actual SME part on it, other than possibly those 4 x rubber mounting bushings.

    There is also a fundamental flaw in the design logic in that the tracking force outrigger should be on the other side such that it doubles as lateral balance weight for the arm's 'J' shape. Wouldn't need those cylinders hanging off either side of the counterweight(s) then (which only appear to be unbalancing things more).
  9. Chorlton Analogue

    Chorlton Analogue Trade: Chorlton Analogue

    Hi, thanks all. There aren't any SME parts on it. The base is a similar shape but isn't SME. To be clear we are not asking £1000 for it! I just had to make a listing to be able to add a photo to show people.
  10. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    As others have suggested I think it is a pretty competent DIY job with a few scavenged parts here and there. There is some very nice engineering there, nicely machined bearing housing, counterweights etc, so if it is DIY it was certainly done by someone who knew how to use a lathe. Any clues on the bottom? What is the armbase/cable connection like?

    PS Looking closer at it I suspect the SME-influenced base may not even belong to it as that would need two screw holes on the part that mounts to it, where there are three holes so it doesn’t align.
    narabdela likes this.
  11. wer

    wer pfm Member

    Please help the visually challenged - i can not see any picture of a tonearm :confused:
  12. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    There was a link to a place-holder page, just to be able to post a link easily. The link has been removed.
  13. Chorlton Analogue

    Chorlton Analogue Trade: Chorlton Analogue

    I got rid of it because I felt the thread had come to a natural conclusion.
    Vinny likes this.
  14. wer

    wer pfm Member

    Would have been curious, because i just bought an unidentified arm that meanwhile turned out to be a Neat GA-22S, which also has an SME-type base.
  15. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Funny that. I was thinking that the bedplate (if not the collar) of mystery tonearm looked rather NEAT, as did the armrest. It wasn't the same bedplate though, as the NEAT has more flared corners (well, slightly rounded ends, the curvature of which doesn't extend into the corners).

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