Straight or S shaped tone arms?

Matt_47

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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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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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Straight for scratching

S for sound quality

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

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 
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