Comparison of sonic qualities of some tonearms

I’m relatively new to the world of vinyl, listening seriously for probably only 2 years.  Of course, many big picture items (e.g. turntable, phono stage, cartridges) are discussed extensively on this forum, but I haven’t seen much discussion comparing different tonearms.  I would be interested to hear about different people’s experiences with different tonearms, mentioning the audible advantages and disadvantages of each tonearm, realizing that there is no perfect sound, although from what I read about others’ experiences, SAT tonearms may come closest, albeit at a very high price.  


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It seems like much of the conversation has moved towards the technical aspect of tonearms, as opposed to experiential comparison, which I suppose very few have. However, if we discuss the technical components of tonearms, does the supposed sonic success of the Kuzma Safir, with an effective mass of 60g, which is possibly only second to the SAT in sonic performance, demonstrate how little is known about how the tonearm actually works in reality?

The conversation only really matters, in relation to what one can afford to purchase.

A SAT TA, is not a TA that many would not be interested in considering, or for the multiples even know exists.

Touting the math is one thing, user experience is much more, there are converts to the VIV TA that do the math and also do the experiencing, who have been taken aback by the outcome of becoming less prejudiced.

As stated in my own case, I was introduced to something not quite conventional and the impact on myself was profound, I immediately commenced on a plan to change a very established way of thinking, of which for a few years know is fully realised.      

…..ah the Safir….. a thing of beauty and technical triumph…but.

Ive some significant but never sufficient seat time listening to it w Ortofon Verismo on a Dohmann w integral Minus K…. vs ( in same remainder of system / room in same session… ) a Kuzma 4 pt w vta tower, Kuzma CAR-50 and the $10 k ish Kuzma deck also on a discrete minus K.

Toss up…… but i went home wondering what a CAR-50 on the Safir would do… And ordered a CAR 40 which i love… 


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