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In Reply to: RE: My MX110x refurb, before and after posted by docw on April 27, 2017 at 15:19:30
That is a TD-124 with a SONUS Formula IV uni-pivot. There were three makers of that tonearm, Mayware, Sonus, and a third I can't recall. The Sonus version armtube has an offset which works nicely with the 124's high platter otherwise it is the same as the Mayware.
I like the MX110 a lot. I also had to change out the volume control so I presently don't have the Loudness feature. I am presently using it with some modified Bogen tube(7868) mono blocks into Thiel CS2's. I don't have as critical an ear as others but the combination sounds great to me with the speakers disappearing and especially good on female vocals.
The third would be JH.
I'm looking at the label on the box for mine, and it says,
JH Formula 4 Laboratory Standard Tone Arm
J.H. Reproducer Co.
If I recall, there was talk of lawsuits thrown about, trying to sort out who owned what. I'm no lawyer, but it seems to me that actually making the word "Reproducer" part of your company name is implied guilt!
It looks like your Sonus has the same "bucket of BBs" anti-skate system that my JH does. Bucket of BBs isn't my term, but I recall reading it in a negative comment that Mayware made in a letter to the Absolute Sound, while denouncing the JH as inferior to their arm. TAS didn't seem to think so, and wrote that the JH sounded better than the Mayware.
A bit of FYI for the Asylum archives, just in case somebody twenty years from now is looking for this information.
Beautiful job on that MX110x, by the way!
And, I may still have one in its original packaging!
Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger
Back when the ideal arm was thought to be a single strand of thin blonde hair, lightly sprayed with just enough hairspray to maintain semi-rigidity for the ultra-compliant cartridges of the day.
I thought of you when I was typing the label information, Timbo. I'd completely forgotten that they were imported to the USA from Melbourne.
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