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Tonearms over £700
Nottingham Analogue Ace Space
The Ace Space tonearm is a beautifully hand crafted design. It features an ultra light weight carbon fibre arm tube and uses a damped unipivot bearing. This damping means this arm is as easy to handle as a fixed pivot tonearm, suffering none of the instability you otherwise tend to get when cueing. It produces a delightfully natural sound with exceptional speed and good dynamics.
It is available in two different lengths, a 10” model (shown in the top photo) and a 12” version (as pictured below). A 12” tonearm is always preferable where you have space for it as it lowers tracking distortion, offering a more consistent and effortless sound throughout an LP side.
Nottingham Analogue 10” Ace Space tonearm: £900.00
Nottingham Analogue 12” Ace Space tonearm: £1,050.00
The Audio Origami PU7 is an evolution of the classic Syrinx PU3 tonearm and is hand made to order (with each arm taking in the region of 4 weeks to be produced). The specification is completely customisable, with a choice of arm tube lengths between 9 to 12 inches and arm mass can also be specified to ensure the perfect match with your cartridge. The standard finish is a high quality matt bead blasted silver, with Polished, custom colour anodising and gold or chrome plating all available as options. The standard model has Cardas copper wiring with Ikeda wiring available as an upgrade.
Here’s a small selection of some of the custom options available:
5pin tonearm connector fitted in arm base (instead of captive external wire): +£100
Custom anodised parts (i.e. Black, Pink, etc): +£360
Longer 10”, 11” and 12” arm tubes: +£300
Ikeda silver internal arm wiring: +£375
Nottingham Analogue Ace Anna
The Ace Anna is the reference tonearm from Nottingham Analogue. This features all the ‘Ace’ refinements and tweaks that have evolved the cheaper Ace Space into the giant killer that it is, so when applied to this, the ultimate Nottingham Analogue arm you can begin to imagine the results! It’s difficult to know where to start with this tonearm, I struggle to find any short comings with it and find it combines remarkable resolution, a wonderfully open and spacious top end along with prodigious bandwidth, musicality and neutrality. It’s a very difficult tonearm to surpass and works with a very wide variety of cartridges too.
Nottingham Analogue Ace Anna 10” tonearm: £2,150.00
Nottingham Analogue Ace Anna 12” tonearm: £2,340.00
It is great that Helius have returned to the market, and as you’d expect their latest offerings include some superb tonearms. Detailed here is the Omega range, a stunning looking design featuring many of the aspects that have made Helius arms so sought after. Inside there are twelve large bearings formatted in the Helius tradition of a tetrahedral 3-
Technically the arm is very sophisticated, being dynamically balanced, damped by differential masses and having non-
Ignoring arm length options, there are two versions of the Omega. The standard one has tungsten bearings and copper wiring. The Omega Silver Ruby, as the name suggests, features cryo treated Silver wiring and Ruby bearings. The latter's arm tube is normally silver in colour (pictured at the very bottom of this article) but if desired it can be ordered in the same black as the standard model.
A short highly flexible cables leads out to a break out box with RCA sockets on it, enabling the interconnect of your choice to be used without impacting the suspension of the turntable.
Helius Omega Standard 10” tonearm: £3,224.00
Helius Omega Silver Ruby 10” tonearm: £4,464.00
Helius Omega Silver Ruby 12” tonearm: £4,629.00