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A Roksan Nima, heavily inspired by the Aro. Nima is actually an intentional anagram for Naim.

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NAIM made about 1,500 Aro's apparently. I suspect that most are with Linn Sondek LP12 owners in the UK. NAIM don't have any spare parts or very few and they are commonly missing a thing or two, making them a risky proposition to buy.

 

LP12 bits and Cymbiosis in the UK regularly have them for sale. They command a premium price for them but less risky to buy.

 

Tigerpaw made 150 Javelin arms before ceasing production. They are apparently very good and look nearly identical.

 

As others have mentioned, a Roksan NIMA is also an unipivot option.

 

I'm assuming that you want this for an LP12? 

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Yes, after owning numerous tables I’ve decided to settle on a lp12. I know how to set it up but it came without a Tonearm and my jelco 750d isn’t a good match. I’ve previously used Ittok and Ekos tonearms, they didn’t do it for me.

 

i have looked for the javelin but they seem to be as desirable and scare each as the Aro. I regularly check the Cymbiosis site but haven’t spotted anything yet.

 

its a journey.

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Thought as much.

 

Cymbiosis have a list of customers queued up for certain products and I hear that they have purchased quite a few Aro's over time. Your best bet would be to send them a message. They have Linn create a batch of Keel for Aro sub-chassis when they have enough customers wanting one, so they are the sort of customer that you are competing with.

 

I would be confident that the Audio Origami Uniarm would be a good performer, Johnnie does great work.

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Audio Origami no longer sell the Uniarm, they have sold the rights to it to another company. If you can find one, I would bet that it would outperform the ARO. I think the AO PU7 is also better than an ARO if you are not committed to a unipivot.

 

I had an ARO on my LP12 many years ago and hated it. I thought it sounded thin and lightweight. The ergonomics were awful and with its fixed head shell holes it only suited a few cartridges which exactly matched the specs of the Linn cartridges. Every other cartridge would result in slight distortion. I happily went back to an Ekos. These days if I buy another LP12 - possible but unlikely -  it will have an AO PU7 on it.
 

But you will never know unless you try one, and you may be one of the many people - I don’t know why - who like the ARO. 

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System matching is an art with the sole determinant of what constitutes good sound being the owner.  Of course people can agree and disagree, everybody’s ear and the signal processing behind it is after all different.

 

I am always intrigued at how different people’s perception can vary. I tried the Ittok and Ekos Tonearms and at to my ears the jelco was a better match to my cartridge/turntable/phono cable/phono pre/integrated/speaker combination.  You get the idea.

 

i really do appreciate all the advice, for now I am zeroing in on the nima as being inside my budget and at least by some reports, not sounding to bad in their lp12 system.

 

 

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I had a Nima on my LP12 and it was great. Cymbiosis push it as an upgrade for the old Ittok.

 

I bought mine from a UK retailer and paid around $700 landed from memory.

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Good luck with your search.  I would try some of the UK forums.   wonderful tonearm and the best finger llift ever designed.   sorry for the audio porn

 

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