Glanz S Series Tonearm

£5,600.00

An old Japanese name but newly returned to the UK – This is the premium level Glanz S Series tonearm, available in 9″, 10″ and 12″ versions, to order.  Like all Glanz tonearms, constructed mainly from stainless steel parts with astonishing build quality and obsessive attention to resonance control.  Effective mass is high to suit low compliance cartridges (in the order of 30g, but Glanz do not quote a figure).  Shipped with a Glanz MH-4S headshell and a quality tonearm cable.

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Description

This is the premium arm that UK HiFi luminaries have said “it’s the best tonearm I have ever heard” it certainly outruns the industry standard pick-up arms we have used in the past !  Available in 9″ version for European and USA turntables, also in a 10″ version for the Japanese super-decks and a 12″ version for the ultimate turntable.

• To eliminate reverberating sound, we do not use springs in the anti skate bias section. (Springs create an echo).
• We have blocked out reverberating sound with a powerful vibration absorbing/damping structure inside the arm tube and other structures.
• Various parts are joined/connected across the surface, not just at points. The four fulcrums that support the sound quality are supported by four large bearings. In particular, the lower bearing in the direction of the vertical axis utilises high precision thrust bearings; it has a strut structure that allows heavy arms to move with high sensitivity.
• The headshell structure is integrated with the plug section in one single piece, enabling the sound to rise well, resulting in crisp sound quality.
• There are several layers of vibration absorbing/damping structure around the weight, delivering a clear, deep sound quality with little lingering sound.

• Tone Audio review click here
• Six Moons review click here
• HiFi News March 2018 review click here

Design

The material of the main body is made of hard stainless steel. The process of machining has been extremely difficult, but as a result, but we are proud to say that the sound quality has reached an unparalleled level. If the fulcrum, which is essential for sound quality, is a weak structure, it will reverberate and directly impact the overall sound quality. In this design, the four large bearings are firmly supported, preventing resonance and shake, and enhancing tracing ability.  In particular, the lower bearing in the vertical axis uses a high-precision thrust bearing, giving a strut structure which allows the heavy arms to move with high sensitivity, greatly enhancing the tracking capability.

At the most important section of the arm tube with regards to impact on sound quality, vibration is controlled firstly with a layer of carbon fibre on the inside of the arm, followed by a layer of poly fibre on the inside of that. Next, the wire that transmits the electric signal is wrapped in silk thread using low resistance silver wire, and around all of this is the poly fibre, doubly ensuring that it is vibration-proof (for model SD).  The points where each part joins another are designed to be in tight surface contact to avoid using adhesive as much as possible. In particular, the assembly of the bearings requires meticulous sensitivity.

We took pains to ensure that the curvature of the arm did not exert any additional force. This is easier to understand if you imagine how an extra twisting force is applied by your hand when you manipulate an L-shaped rod rather than a straight one. On top of that, we placed “vibration absorbing structures” in the most suitable place, thereby effectively damping the resonance.

For the weight section we use different damper materials in 1, 2, 3 and 4 (for model SD), and these are constructed to absorb vibration over a wide area. The rubber material in 1 is firmly held in place by long screws, thus eliminating anxiety that it will become slack as it ages.  Heavy tungsten is embedded in the stainless steel material on the main weight so that the centre of gravity is closer to the fulcrum, and the stainless steel material and tungsten are closely bound with rubber material, which also absorbs vibration. (for model SD)

By making the headshell into a single structure through the scraping process, we were able to greatly reduce vibration loss. Moreover, by trimming away unnecessary material as much as possible, we have devised a weight reduction similar to that of aluminium (although the material is actually stainless steel), resulting in an extremely light structure that can firmly support the entire cartridge. Rubber in the S Model and carbon in the SD Model both absorb unnecessary signals in the upper part of the structure.  Because this slim design (just 10 mm in width, that can be supported near the very centre of the cartridge), can be connected directly to the centre point, the vibration loss is reduced and the sound quality is further improved.

Specifications:

 MODELMH-94S MH-104S MH-124S
BalancingStatic Balancing
Total Length (*1)252mm290mm340mm
Effective Length (*2) 229mm254mm305mm
Practical Length (*3) 214mm239mm290mm
Offset Angle23 °22 °20 °
Adaptable cartridge weight
(incl headshell)
15~36g(44g*5)16~45g 14~38g (45g *5)
Total weight1.02kg1.05kg1.11kg
Overhung15mm
Tracking weight range0.25g (Minimum scale) – over 6g (3g/360 °rotation)
Adjustable height (*4)41~70mm
Headshell weight12g (Including screws and lead wires)
Shaft dimensions to mounting base16mmΦ
Mounting hole size30mmΦ
Fixing depth sizeUp to 20mm (Another size is available)

(*1) : From counter weight shaft end headshell terminal.
(*2) : From centre of tonearm Base to stylus tip.
(*3) : From centre of tonearm Base to centre of turntable)
(*4) : From plinth surface to horizontal height of arm tube
(*5) : Measurement calculated after moving the weight 10mm down from the weight axis.

• MH-94S 9″ price including 20% VAT £5,600.00 Including high quality interconnect cable & MH-4S headshell
• MH-104S 10″ price including 20% VAT £5,600.00 Including high quality interconnect cable & MH-4S headshell
• MH-124S 12″ price including 20% VAT £5,600.00 Including high quality interconnect cable & MH-4S headshell
• Spare MH-4S headshell 13gm  £425.00

Additional information

Effective Length

9 Inch, 10 Inch, 12 Inch

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