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Old 21st September 2009, 11:45 AM   #11
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I would say that it was probably the original arm which came on the turntable. THe TT has a satin finish and the arm is clearly mounted in the original location. Most domestic TT makers bought in arms from firms such as Jelco and only few TTs were sold - usually high end - without a factory arm. Who made the TT?
I agree that it has a look of a Micro Seiki and the drop arm bias does show that it was better than most basic arms in terms of design.
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Old 22nd September 2009, 12:30 AM   #13
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That's the stock tonearm from the (Trio) Kenwood KD-550 direct-drive turntable.

http://hifianalog.jino-net.ru/upload...759942_k-1.jpg

http://www.thevintageknob.org/KENWOOD/KD500/KD500.html
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Old 22nd September 2009, 02:41 AM   #14
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It's Japanese. Micro MA something or other. I have a Micro MA-202L which looks rather similar, except for the armweight.

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Old 22nd September 2009, 02:44 AM   #15
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Old 22nd September 2009, 03:34 AM   #16
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Again, this is the tonearm that came from the Kenwood KD-550 turntable! The image is from the Kenwood instruction manual.

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Old 22nd September 2009, 03:37 AM   #17
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Again, an image of the tonearm attached the Kenwood KD-550 tonearm.

http://hifianalog.jino-net.ru/upload...759950_k-2.jpg
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Old 22nd September 2009, 03:44 AM   #18
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this is the tonearm that came from the Kenwood KD-550 turntable
DirectDriver is right.

Most tonearms, subassemblies, and a lot of TTs sold by Japanese companies all came out of the same factory (CEC). They often have a lot of similarities, but it was important that there was something that set it apart cosmetically from other brands.

Look at the platform that holds the cueing & lift mechanism. That is give-away enuff. Need more. Look at the anti-skating.

The KD-500 was the only DD that i ever actually paid money for. Mine had a Grace 707.

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Old 22nd September 2009, 04:28 AM   #20
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N matter where it came from or who manufactured the tonearm, it's beautiful.

And my guess while aseeing the picture the first time was some kind of japanese. I was going to say Akai sorry, Pioneer because the counterweight looks like the one on my PL-12D turntable. But the rest looks lightyears ahead.
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