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Tonearm: Fidelity Research FR 24 mk II - Specs & Informations
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Old 6th June 2021, 09:01 AM   #1
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Tonearm: Fidelity Research FR 24 mk II - Specs & Informations
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Hi friends
I had the occasion to get a FR 24 mk ii for little money, so couldn't resist.

The tonearm seems to be in good condition, I haven't been able to test it yet.
I am on the lookout for a good cartridge for it, and haven't found any information about the mass of the arm, so maybe can somebody here tell me the number? (All I could find was that it was playing very nice with "most" cartridges. So, not that much, or precise, information)

For reference, I have attached everything related to the arm I have found.
(The txt file "ve_fidelity_research_fr_24_mk2_jp-ocr-DE" is a german OCR-translation of the manual, edited a little bit. Lots of nonsensical stuff in there.)

PS: I am wondering if a AT33PTG/II would be a good fit? I hear a lot of good opinions about AT carts...

PPS: I am still not decided what Turntable I should use it with.
So far, I have some at hand: Thorens TD 125 mk 2, TD 150, Systemdeck III and another nice british one which I don't recall the brand. (That's quite nuts, I know. Once I settled on one, I'll sell the others)
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Old 6th June 2021, 12:07 PM   #2
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As nobody has answered you so far---- here is some info on it-

https://www.lencoheaven.net/forum/in...topic=4145.150

Its meant for high & middle compliance cartridges , in the old cartridge book I have an AT33 has a recommended arm mass of 6-15g which would cover your arm .

It got a "recommended " but that was the old model "a sheer gusto of a performance " but "untidiness " it probably straightened that out by now .
Test tracking was 1.5g--I have more on it if needed.
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Thank you, duncan!

I‘ll give it a go I guess.
(You don’t happen to know the mass of the FR24, do you?)
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Old 6th June 2021, 01:15 PM   #4
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In that link the NY guy says-quote- "I found the effective mass of the FR24 as 17 grams".

Read his technical post #2 on the subject.

If anybody has trouble being allowed to access the forum on my link just transfer the URL to a more open browser .
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Ok I found it, although #2 doesn’t mention any technicalities…
Anyway, thank you very much for pointing me to the thread and digging out the information!
I‘m very curious to see how it works… (but that’s fore a more distant future than I‘d like it to be)
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Old 10th June 2021, 06:04 PM   #6
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I bought an FR-24Mkll about a month ago and mounted it on a modified Empire. I like the arm very much and I'm enjoying the music coming from the combination, but - you knew there was a a 'but' coming, right? - I didn't get an FR headshell. I bought some typical Technics type headshells, but they may be a bit longer than the original FRs so that even with the cartridge all the way back in the slots, I can't set a 15mm overhang. The FR alignment seems to be very close to the Stevenson alignment so I printed a protractor from VE and reset the cartridge by turning it slightly in the headshell. To my ears, the sound gained a slight but welcome refinement.
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