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 ?


Your comment about dertonarm say also more about you than him.

For your information he used the same TT as you but with FR-66 tonearm

with those FR-7 kinds till he produced his own (2( tonearms and TT. .

He produced two tonearma which he demonstrated in Japan before

Japanese experts. Than 4 cartridges and $ 500000 TT.

And you pretend to know more about tonearms than he. He certainly does

not need my defence. His analog  product should speak for him.

But that you pretend to know more about tonearms than he provide

prove for my argument about your arrogance. 

Than about methodology with 4 letters. You are of course not aware about

this fact: ''there is no theory independent observation''. I changed ''theory''

in ''presuppositions'' because ''theory'' looks to much to use for ''ignorant''

people Keep those endless ''improvements'' of your toneaarm going.

As I stated befor this threat looks like Wittgeinsteins's phylosphical 

remarks 10000 ot them . There is no better prove for  ''essentialist''

as I expalained Aristoteles ''methodology''. Shame you are not even aware

about ''your methodolgy'' which is called ''inductive'' that is genrelisation

from your own individual experience.. 






I used to think that there is little that could really be learned and understood about an individual’s true sense of integrity and mettle from “conversations” on an Internet forum.  I mostly still feel that way; but, there are, in fact, times when those things become very obvious in spite of the vagueness of the medium.  

(Btw, love Bruce’s ET2 T-shirt 😊)


Dear frogman. I assume that you are thinking about my post about

’’callling names’’ which I try to explain with logical means as

confusion between NAMES and PREDICATES or between NAMES

and ADJCTIVES which TURN names which say nothing about its

bearer in something else. But can we call expresion ’’traitor’’ as ’’calling names’’

which I try to explain as an LOGICAL ERROR . Aka that NAMES

LACK predicative function. However adjectives which are modify

names can HURT. Inquisition was based on religious dogmas.

Removal from our post can be seen in the same way. Cartainly

so without any reasonable ARGUMENT. Calling names is not

about argumens but more like ’’straw man’’ . Making caricature

of your opponent and ’’kill him’’. Or accusing your opponent with

some ’’wrong doing’’. I am not aware to have done something wrong

to Chris. He should think about his reasons ’’against his origine’’.


 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 , 

Because the air bearing carries the mass of the arm/cartridge/counterweight in total - If you have a larger counterweight that increases the total moving mass to above what the bearing has been designed for then it could collapse.

From what I have read and understood, the removal of the post has only to do with eliminating the bot-trigger word "me.t..." to save the discussion thread being flooded with spam. Using this abbreviation is "logical" and understandable in verbal communication but it triggers the spam button on web-based discussion platforms.
Removal of that post had IMO nothing to do with something personal against you.


@ct0517 & @lewm 
Using the same counterweight spring, to half the lever, ie. the distance of the counterweight from the pivot axis and to double the weight increases the resonance frequency of the counterweight-spring system (by SQR(2) methinks).
Ie. bass pulse / group delay aspects come into play too. With the decoupling the resonance system is more complex than without (nifty 4th order instead of 2nd order).

Increasing the weight of the assembly / counterweight increases the "weight stress" *and* the "leverage stress" on the air bearing. Optimally, in mid travel of the arm, the center of gravity of the whole arm should be centered in middle of the air bearing. (Something eg. the Kuzma, Air Tangent and adanalog arms are by design). A short i-beam / short lever severely shifts the center of gravity toward the end of the bearing and increases the leverage stress. Ie. the bearing works less stable.