Is the 12-in. wand for the Phantom available?
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I must be blind but I see no mention of the 12" wand on the Musical Surroundings website. I do see mention of it by certain dealers but no separate sale details only complete arm price. Does this longer arm come with a bigger counterbalance weight or is one to use the standard stock weight? The SME V-12 and 312S come with a bigger weight to provide more appropriate counterbalance for the longer length arm.
Wrm57 please provide us with all the details you can.
It's not on the site. Sorry, I don't have many more details yet. My local dealer stopped in at Musical Surroundings yesterday at my request and inquired about availability. One week turnaround on special order, he was told. MS immediately sent an email to Bob Graham to find out about effective length and pivot to spindle distance. I'll ask about the larger weight, too, and let you know everything I find out.
And what about the offset angle at the magneglide system? The offset angle at the bearings matches the cartridge offset angle, approximately 23 degrees, so when changing azimuth would not affect the VTA. Since the offset angle for 9" is different from a 12" I would assume the manufacturer would change to a smaller offset angle too. And that would require re-machining the entire bearing housing. Or do they leave the offset angle the same as before?
I just learned from my dealer, who got it from Garth at MS, that the P-to-S distance is 292 mm for the 12-in. wand and the counterweight is the same. The range of cartridges shrinks from 4-18 grams to 4-16.
Apparently, Bob Graham is on vacation until June 9, at which time Garth will ask him for a cheat-sheet with comparative data for all armwands.