Straight or S shaped tone arms?

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  1. Matt_47

    Matt_47 Member

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    So I recently got a pair of used Numark TT500s which have interchangable tone arms.. At the moment i'm using straight ones just because thats what they were set up with when i bought them. Is it better/easier to mix with s shaped ones or straight ones? What's the difference?

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  2. SH81

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    wont make any difference for mixing, the straight arms are meant to have better skip resistance. I had a numark ttx for a while but couldn't notice any difference at all between the two arms
     
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    dose.bs1 THE DADDY

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    I would say the same that if you only using for mixing it really doesnt matter to much
     
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    S looks cooler lol.. Thats my contribution to the thread!
     
  5. SLow

    SLow Quadrospazzed life-glug

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    Straight for scratching

    S for sound quality

    But the difference is so marginal it doesn't really matter.
     
  6. wordnz

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    Straight will wear down your vinyl faster. Go for S shaped
     
  7. Saint

    Saint Buried Audio

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    Only been on straight arm decks once but im pretty sure its easier to rewind and move the vinyl about with s shaped. Got a bit more space over the vinyl.
     
  8. Matt_47

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    lol thats what i thought!
     
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    Teddy 60% Staff Member

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    Straight arms can have greater tracking force than S-shaped tonearms, which is great for scratching. S-shaped tonearms are shaped such a way for a reason. The s-shape that gives the tonearm its name is angled so that the needle will fit in the record grooves at a better angle consistently. Straight tonearms also tend to wear out your vinyl somewhat faster than s-shaped tonarms (assuming all else is equal). The straight tonearm is not necessarily inferior. It's not like the s-shaped tonearms exist solely because of their nostalgic value.
     
  10. Fortune^

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    all true. if you have an s-shaped tone arm and want to scratch you can just change the angle of the cart on your headshell.
     
  11. RUSSLA

    RUSSLA DNBF Monarch

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    ^^ Can't if you have Concordes :(
     
  12. dkn

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    Exactly why I just bought the s-shaped tonearms for my Numarks.