Reference Class A arm Stereophile arm, the Schick arm in either 9”, 12″ or new 10.5” length is a reference.
Here are few words of Herbert Reichert published in January 2021 issue of Stereophile :
Both Schick 9 and Schick 12 tonearms contain the same parts and go through the same manufacturing process, thus have the same cost. The differences between them are as ‘small’ as possible because bearings, material, damping, and cabling are identical.
Technically, the shorter arm-tube has advantages, including less resonance and lower moving mass. The geometric distortion rises somewhat, but the effective length of my design’s 9.6 inch arm (longer than most other 9 inch arms) keeps it well below sonic interference or degradation of signal. The shorter arm has similar sonic characteristics as the longer arm. Additionally, with my graphite head-shell a very large range of suitable cartridges can be used, up to a compliance of 22µm/mN. Azimuth, VTA (tonearm height) and tracking force can be adjusted as with all my tonearms. This 9.6 tonearm length allows direct mounting on most vinyl players, including plinth designs of HiFi furniture sets. For those with EMT record players, the mounting distance allows plug-in-replacement without any modification.
This 9” tonearm is suited for cartridges with a mass of 6g or more and with a compliance of less then 22 µm/mN. This makes this arm compatible with most cartridges except those ultra-light and high compliance ones from the eighties
With the tonearm you get :
- An arm lift and arm rest
- A captive 110 cm, low capacitance symmetrical cable with RCA Neutrik plugs or a Mini Din plus allowing you to fit your favorite phono cable
- An anti-Skating device
- Both counterweight heavy and light