Signature Tonearms 12″
Single pivot tonearm with SME headshell connection
Signature tonearms: Beautiful pieces of design and mechanics
The Pro-Jects tonearm philosophy normally uses stiff, one piece, mid to light weight designs with Cardan pin point bearing. This tonearms perform best with all MM cartridges and MC cartridges with middle compliance. They are responsible for our famous lively, fast and dynamic sound, even in lower price ranges. A unique counterweight construction allows you to balance cartridges from 5 up to 25 grams (excluding headshell) depending on weight of the chosen headshell (up to 37 grams with ´Alu´, up to 39 grams with ´Carbon´, up to 41 grams with ´Wood´). So, this is also an ideal tonearm for direct mounting of SPU cartridges.
However the high-end analogue market has moved to a more classic design and use of relatively heavy cartridges with low compliance and low resonance frequency. This allows big sound on big systems. Such cartridges need a heavier arm with more internal damping. Additionally, many customers today want to use different cartridges with different sound types depending on the music style. For this you need a detachable headshell to ensure easy and quick changeovers.
We use different alloys of metal and aluminium, all worked on the highest precision CNC machine with diamond cutters. The classic S-shaped tonearm tube is made from special aluminium with highest internal damping. To keep the speed of the Pro-Ject sound, we use a special oil-damped uni pivot design. Most common S-shape arms use ball race bearings with much higher friction, which tends to sound slow in an arm with high effective mass. To make the installation of different cartridges even easier, you can adjust overhang at the tonearmbase and adjust the VTA via a hand-set without any additional tool. It´s easy and superfast!
Single pivot design with minimised bearing friction
Non magnetic low resonance construction
Fits low to high cartridge mass, including 32gr. SPU
High rigidity aluminium headshell (12gr) with built-in fingerlift included, allows 1/2 inch cartridge mount
High conductivity OFC headshell cables included
Azimuth adjustment with screw on side
Built-in 5-pin DIN connector (tonearm cable not included)
High gloss finish
Measure it, Alignment + Mounting distance tools included
Delivered in exclusive wooden jewel box
Effective tonearm lenght in mm (from the tonearm pivot to the stylus) 304.8
Mounting distance (from the tonearm pivot to the spindle) 291.6
Offset angle (between a groove and the stylus direction) 18°
Overhang in mm (from the spindle to the stylus) 13.2
Effective tonearm mass in grams 17,2 18,5 19,5 (including Alu headshell) 19.5
Counterweight rotation diameter in mm 77
Cartridge weight range in grams 5-23 5-25 5-25 (depending on individual headshell weight) 5-25
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Delivery & Returns
We offer FREE delivery to the mainland UK (excluding Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Isle of White, Isles of Scilly, and some of the remote Scottish Isles).
For other areas please contact us for a quote. Select items can be delivered internationally by prior agreement. Again please contact us for a quote. We will always do our best to help.
Our aim is to dispatch goods within 2 working days of an order being placed. Please allow 5 working days from the time of your order to receipt of item. If an order is expected to take longer than this our order fulfillment department will contact you to inform you of this.
Where multiple items are ordered, we will dispatch them all in one package. If you have ordered any special or customized items, or items otherwise not immediately available, we will dispatch the order when all items are available. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact us and we will do are very best to help you.