TONE (PICKUP) ARMS

A cartridge can deliver its full performance only if it is mounted on a tonearm of equally high quality, see Figs. 8.10 and 8.23. The tonearm's primary function is to hold the stylus in its path while it travels across the record groove and to apply the necessary tracking force while compensating for other unwanted forces.

 

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Fig. 8.22 Properly and improperly shaped playback needles

 

Modern tonearms, for use with light and small heads or cartridges, Fig. 8.23, are themselves of small mass, and have the characteristics which will permit low playing weights to be used without any problem. It is particularly important that ...

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