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Item: TW-Acustic Raven One Turntable with TW-Acustic 10.5 Arm & Ortofon Cadenza Black MC cartridge, plus second arm collett for Linn/Clearaudio/Rega arms, AND More !!!
Price: $12K (Retail ~$24K as advertised) Open to negotiation, may also consider selling deck, arm & cartridge individually. PM to discuss
Item Condition: Excellent
Reason for selling: NLR
Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
Extra Info: Can ship, anywhere, to anybody, at purchaser's expense !
This incredibly well received, elegantly understated and yet hewn from a rock weighted (26kg) turntable is supplied with the latest power supply and speed control box which was originally an upgrade to the AC-3. It also has the Stillpoints-designed feet and I'm including a Millenium Carbon fibre dual sided record mat. The Millennium M-LP-Mat Carbon LP Mat is a 0.3 mm laminated carbon-fiber disk with one side having a velvet-like surface where the record’s recorded surface rests. The other side is smooth, either of which can be used against the record surface.
I have a brand new factory shipping box for the turntable and accessories, which was supplied to me by the very accessible, communicative and brilliant designer Thomas Woschnick, so secure shipping anywhere is not an issue.
He shipped it to me whilst returning the tonearm which I had him re-wire with his most recent & improved design. It's single continuous length from cartridge pins to the Neutrik rca terminations, and now has dual earth points available.
The arm itself travels in its own rigid polycarbonate flight case which also holds the various counter-weights and both the factory protractor, as well as an additional MINT Tractor arm protractor that I'm including. These are custom specified for each tonearm and turntable combination, made using a reflective glass design which I find greatly facilitates a more effortless & optimum cartridge alignment.
In addition, the absolutely superb TW-Acustic 10.5 arm incorporates magnetic anti-skating and a "zero-float" VTA adjuster, a feature brought over from the design of the Raven Black Night turntable.
Most VTA adjusters work via a simple movable screw on a collar ring: You loosen this screw, then shove the arm post up and down by hand, thus automatically changing the vertical tracking force (VTF), which necessitates constant adjustments and nearly obviates the repeatability of fine tuning.
The Raven 10.5’s VTA is adjusted via a smoothly operating collar assembly that sits around the arm post and under the bearing housing.
Inside it is a set of plastic discs, made to within 0.001mm tolerances, that gently lift and lower the arm, depending on a control wheel that adjusts its 10mm of motion and thus enabling easily repeatable adjustments on the fly.
Furthermore I'm including an exceptionally low hour of usage (~90 hrs.) and genuinely flawless Ortofon Cadenza Black MC cartridge which was purchased locally.
It employs a Boron Cantilever, a Shibata stylus and gold plated copper coils... its tracking is ridiculously precise with an incredibly low noise floor on even old pressings.
I have tried numerous excellent cartridges on this arm/deck, but it was Thomas himself whom suggested that (entirely irrespective of price) the Cadenza Black was a profoundly synergistic and natural mate for his 10.5 arm. I certainly would not argue that either as I found the micro & macro dynamics, outright resolution and tonally correct, expansive presentation are amongst the very best I've heard from any turntable system, period. Sure, you can always scale up... but taken as a whole, I believe that you would need to at least triple your cost outlay, with diminishing sonic returns.
Also included is a spare belt and an ONZOW Zero Dust as well as the original box and accessories as supplied with the Ortofon Cadenza Black.
Most pictures below have been gratuitously lifted from the internet as they represent in almost every respect the presentation of my turntable as listed, except that they have employed proper studio lighting and high resolution cameras far beyond that which I currently have access to !
The last 2 (iphone) photos are of the deck in-situ, and the Cadenza Black up close.
For the sake of full disclosure to any prospective purchaser, I will state that there is one area of extremely minor blemish on the left hand side of the sub-chassis which is essentially unnoticeable even if pointed out.
For those potentially interested who wish to seek some more salient information, I've provided a couple of links below to reviews/opinions of the items included in this sale:
Re: Raven One
http://stereomojo.com/TW Acustic Raven One Review/TW_ACUSTIC_RAVEN_ONE_TURNTABLE_REVIEW.htm
Re: TW-Acustic Raven 10.5 Tonearm
Re: Cadenza Black
Re: Millenium M-LP Mat