The FR-64fx was the last generation of Fidelity-Research tonearms. Japanese classics, designed by Isamu Ikeda.
Important new features of the 64fx model (and this is where it’s different from previous versions):
-the armtube is a mix of materials with higher damping,
-the anti-skating mechanism is different,
-headshell is different,
-tonearm base is much better,
-stock counterweight is light,
Heavy counterweight (FR W-250) is optional.
Tonearm stabilizer nut (FR N60) is optional. Here
is my spare New Old Stock FR-64fx in original box.
P.S. @knollbrent I prefer PUA-7 over earlier 237 model which I sold NOS few years ago.
Micro Seiki MAX series of tonearms are overpriced, they are going for insane price in used condition and it’s better to buy brand new Reed 3p "12 inch than those old Micro MAX series, because they are $5k+
There are much more fans of Ikeda and FR tonearms than Micro Seiki MAX.
Also I can’t remember any person on this forum who can criticize FR or Ikeda tonearms on this forum, except for one user.
But read below what @opus111 posted about Micro Seiki MAX 237 and 282 earlier here
"... Having owed both Max 282 and 237 multiple times, I’d say it is one of the worst sounding tonearms I have heard. Bright and sterile would be the right words to describe the sonic character. I would’ve still kept them if they sounded half as good as they looked.
FR-64 sounds 10X better at lower used price."
Interesting? I bet