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Karmadon Viscous damped unipivot tonearms

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Hi all

Karmadon is a small cottage turntable repair business in the Ukraine, run by a fellow by the name of Serge.  He also make a few components as well as some tonearms. 

 

He has been making copies of the old Gray 108's and 208's and has recently develop his own design based on the latter. He release the 9" version a few months ago and ever since I have wanted one, niggling him to when the 12 would be available . The 12"  was ready last week and I put my order in and it arrived on Thursday. :)

 

Was well packaged and the arm is very well built.

 

I have no prior experience with Unipivot arms, but they look easy enough to set up (has detailed instructions), not much in the way of moving parts.

 

I think they look  gorgeous and would suit any old idlers or others.

 

Very reasonably priced to http://www.karmadon.net/shop-2-2/

 

http://www.karmadon.net/

 

Serge is very good at returning emails and his English language skills are better than mine.....thats not hard :unsure: .

 

Anyway, need to install it and have a listen I guess.

 

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Looks very nice so far Paul, keep us posted with progress photos.

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Excellent resource, thanks. Very reasonable prices too.

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Hopefully I'll have it running this afternoon.

 

Heres a short vid from Serge

 

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I like the vibration damping ceramic balls, USD 100 for 4, a lot cheaper than symposium and I would love to hear the difference. Great find, keep us posted.

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I have never seen anyone place the needle on the record like that. Amazing!!!!

Is that the dampening oil effect?

Unipivots can wobble all over the place but that one seems so stable. Who needs an arm lifter?

Hopefully I'll have it running this afternoon.

Heres a short vid from Serge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSrkqVNF9OY

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Hopefully I'll have it running this afternoon

 

will be interested in seeing how you find it, sound wise and setting up etc. :thumb:

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I have never seen anyone place the needle on the record like that. Amazing!!!!

Is that the dampening oil effect?

Unipivots can wobble all over the place but that one seems so stable. Who needs an arm lifter?

Well tempered arms also acted like that due to the damping fluid. It is a real balancing act getting the right amount of damping fluid contact, much like any damping fluid arm, SME, graham.

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Only half way there, had to do some work on the TT, then a few adjustments to the tonearm pod. The flange is huge, well 70mm.

 

It has a low center of gravity, the pin is higher than the wand and counter weight,  even with no fluid it doesn't seem to wobble , seems to be very well balanced.

 

Yes as guru said its about getting the right adjustments. The instructions state that you adjust the top pin to get it right once the oil level is correct. Should take 1-2 seconds for thestylus to make contact from a level position.

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