Product Code: TSA001
ex-vat: £ 1,187.50
The Thomas Schick 12 tonearm was initially designed as a modern alternative to classic tonearms like the SME 3012 for vintage turntables, yet it works equally well with all modern turntables capable of accepting a 12-inch tonearm.
At the heart of the Thomas Schick 12 are near-zero-tolerance ball bearings, which result in a virtually frictionless and utterly quiet tonearm pivot that will offer like-new performance for decades to come. The wiring, of very high-purity copper, is one continuous run from the headshell contact points to the RCA plugs, with an interconnect length of about 1.2 m. The Schick 12 works magnificently with heavier, higher-tracking-force cartridges like Ortofon SPUs; however, we’ve used it equally successfully with modern, average mass cartridges with tracking forces as low as 1.65 g.
All Thomas’ tonearms now include a nylon-string-and-weight style anti-skate mechanism. No headshell is included. We recommend one of Thomas’ own headshells.
The Thomas Schick 12 is available in three different finishes (the tonearm wand and tonearm lift mechanism in each finish are silver): black, gold, and silver.
Special notes for users of Ortofon SPUs. You may need a heavier counterweight. The standard Thomas Schick 12 accepts all GM-style Ortofon SPUs. By special request, we can supply a unit that accepts A-style Ortofon SPUs, the stubby, square style SPUs, whose geometry requires a different offset angle.
The Thomas Schick 12 is one of our reference tonearms here at Cool Gales, providing, to our ears, an ideal blend of the detail and frequency extremes of very much higher-priced modern tonearms with the purity of tone and emotion of classic vintage tonearms.
This is a special order item, with a delivery time of around two to four months.
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“Orchestral music sounded just as big and substantial with the Schick tonearm in my system as with the EMT 997, and with LPs and 78s alike…. Records also sounded smoother, less grainy. And notes in the lowest two octaves were, for want of a better word, juicier: not necessarily weightier, but more colorful and more present…. For veteran listeners, the question is no longer Will this stand alongside my other, more expensive tonearms? but, rather, Do I really need more than this?” (Art Dudley, March 2010)
- Alignment (Baerwald)
- Null points at 66, 120.9mm
- Spindle-to-tonearm-pivot mounting distance
- 304.75 mm
- Offset angle
- 12.82 mm
- Effective length
- 317.5 mm (12.5 inches)