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Sorane TA-1 Tonearm

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Gimbal-type bearing design tonearm for excellent bass, dynamics and imaging

A successful tonearm must have the sensitivity and stability to retrieve low-level signals and the quality of the bearings (such as used in the TA tonearms) is paramount.  Whilst tonearm mass and cartridge compliance set the low frequency resonance point, high quality bearings must be used that allow the arm to follow the advance of the groove, to navigate the vinyl groove without grabbing/resistance/noise generation.

Resistance to movement creates unwanted low frequency noise and cantilever deflection, skewing the image and moving the signal generating coils/magnet out their ideal geometric relationship.  The TA tonearm range use a miniature radial bearing for horizontal movement and a miniature pivot bearing for vertical movement.  Very high performance is achieved at a reasonable price.

The saddle and bearing housing are machine-tooled from billet aluminum, and the arm is formed of high quality tubing. The hand-assembled, tested and adjusted arm-tube and bearing structures guarantee vibration-free and noise-free reproduction. Reproduced sound is precise, focused and clean, without bearing noise and inconsistent movements. The TA1 comes with detachable headshell, phono cable (RCA output plug, or optionally as XLR), screws, washers, wrench and marking pin.

Though a conventional arm in appearance, the careful attention to detail produces an arm of outstanding quality. A spring activated anti-skating device offers consistant and precice adjustment, cartridge downforce is via  rear counterweight adjustment. The removable headshell offers azimuth adjustment.


  • This tonearm works best with medium to low compliance cartridges, such as Hana or other MC types.
  • There are two length options available, the shorter TA-1 specifications are:
  • Total length, front to back:  288mm
  • Spindle to pivot distance: 216mm
  • Stylus to pivot distance: 232mm
  • Overhang: 16mm