Eminent Technology ET-2 Tonearm Owners

Where are you? What mods have you done ?

I have been using these ET2's for over 9 years now.
I am still figuring them out and learning from them. They can be modified in so many ways. Bruce Thigpen laid down the GENIUS behind this tonearm over 20 years ago. Some of you have owned them for over 20 years !

Tell us your secrets.

New owners – what questions do you have ?

We may even be able to coax Bruce to post here. :^)

There are so many modifications that can be done.

Dressing of the wire with this arm is critical to get optimum sonics along with proper counterweight setup.

Let me start it off.

Please tell us what you have found to be the best wire for the ET-2 tonearm ? One that is pliable/doesn’t crink or curl. Whats the best way of dressing it so it doesn’t impact the arm. Through the spindle - Over the manifold - Below manifold ? What have you come up with ?



I normally don’t contribute to this thread, because I do not own and have never owned an ET2 or 2.5. However, I concede that it is probably a great tonearm. But when you speak of Newton, keep in mind that the net force exerted by a small weight at the end of a long lever That is required to balance a cartridge at a specific VTF will be the same as the force generated when you use a larger weight mounted closer to the pivot or fulcrum. Therefore I am wondering why mounting a large weight close to the pivot point makes any difference as far as overcoming the air pressure and collapsing the air suspension , Assuming the same VTF is thereby achieved in both cases.


Setting VTF on a pivot arm is two dimensional. With the ET 2, the mass is adjustable so you could call it a three dimensional setup. Did you know that the counterweights are decoupled by a spring, and that the cartridge itself only sees the vertical mass and not the horizontal mass ? The word "stressed" is a better word than "collapse" Many years ago I never did collapse it with extra DIY weights, but if I added even more weight who knows. The experiment was over before that.

Page 9 of the ET2 manual on design. Adjustable Effective Mass

The effective mass of the tonearm is adjustable, both vertically and horizontally. The arm has low-medium mass vertically and medium to high mass horizontally. Four counterweights allow the vertical / horizontal mass to be changed. For example; if the user decreases the amount of counterweights used, and moved this position back (higher scale number) the horizontal inertia of the tonearm would go down and the vertical inertia would go up.

You can download the ET2 manual here


If you read the first 10 pages of the manual and the tech section, I believe you will get a good understanding of the tonearm.

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Is there anybody reading here, who is experienced in modeling mechanical systems as equivalent electronical circuits?

I was not able yet to figure out the equiv. circuit for the (horizontal) 4th order system tonearm / decoupled counter weight myself. I think this could be very helpful in understanding and optimizing the setup.

The longer i-beam allows much lower resonance frequencies ie. potentially a wider tuning range.
Intuitively, tuning the counterweight res. +\- precisely to the spindle/arm/cartridge resonance and optimizing the damping should „drain“ the main resonant energy, as shown in certain plots of the decoupled Dual counterweights in the 70s.
I‘d like to see and play with these interactions in a quicker, less time-consuming medium than the actual tt setup (with measurements another PITA).

I was able to optimize the mechanical panel resonance of aMaggie MG 3 and MG 3.3 in a similar way, but kind of a hybrid mechanical/electrical filter. It worked :-)

your posts and experiences with audio are still appreciated. The removal of the post has nothing to do with paranoia, neither western or communist. It‘s only about keeping the spam cleaning task if the moderator low, by removing trigger words for bots.


that is an interesting comment

The longer i-beam allows much lower resonance frequencies ie. potentially a wider tuning range.

With my ET 2.5 and the long I Beam matching the bass response (punchy and tight) same as digital and 15 IPS was easier. So there is definitely a tuning advantage. I attributed this to the increased vertical inertia. I have asked Bruce for comment as well.

Re: Room tuning
I have always considered the bass the most important aspect of any room tuning because if you get it right the rest falls into place. With full range speakers and a dedicated room I always place the speakers on one of the room’s bass nodes. If the room is not too large, these nodes can be found easily without software, just by getting on your knees with bass playing. If your wife walks in while doing this man oeuvre just say you lost something in the carpet, then ask her for help to move the speaker.
Subwoofers are easier and placed beside the listening position - this is a big advantage as the Sub DB levels can be turned down really low. Very easy to room tune.
For full range speakers, in my previous room (longer, rectangular) and shooting down the length of the room, the bass nodes occurred every about every third in the room.
So that is where the speakers were placed on the first third.

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