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Sorane ZA-12 Transcription Tonearm

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The NEW for 2018 ZA12 Transcription Arm takes the strengths of the Sorane SA1.2 tonearm (already recognized as a Class A component) and marry these strengths into a purist ‘no compromise’ purist tonearm, with a fair price.

No compromise meant giving up detachable headshells and lengthening the arm for lower tracking error.  While the ZA12 is 3″ longer than the SA1.2, the total mass of the ZA12 is lower, guaranteeing that the new arm will be compatible with a broader range of high quality cartridges.  And if you want more mass for very low compliance cartridges, you can easily add it.

There is an optional counter-weight accessory for balancing out very heavy cartridges. 

Stereophile Review


  • Whole Length: 380mm
  • Effective Length (Tonearm pivot – stylus): 322mm
  • Practical Length (Tonearm pivot – Spindle): 310mm
  • Overhang: 12mm
  • Offset angle: 16.5°
  • Height Adjustment(Plinth to arm wand centerline): 15 – 55mm
  • Vertical Bearing: Pivot miniature bearing (Not Pivot Contact)
  • Horizontal Bearing: Miniature Radial Bearing
  • Output plug: RCA (XLR : Option)
  • Output cable: Single core shielded copper
  • Tonearm Audio Lead wire: OFC 4N Copper