By definition, when tracking a record with a pivoted tonearm, the cantilever is aligned perfectly perpendicular to the groove in only two instances. The longer the tonearm, the smaller the offset error will be between these two instances, resulting in lower distortion. This explains why LPs tracked with the 12.1-inch long tonearm sound just a tad more poised, relaxed and natural (no rose is without thorns however: there are not that many turntables that can accommodate the 12.1 – among them Brinkmann’s LaGrange and Balance).
The 12.1 is not just a 10.5 with a longer arm tube. Since a longer arm tube offers lower torsional stability and is more prone to resonances, they had to implement quite a few structural changes. Brinkmann is proud of the fact that you will probably not notice any of them at first sight, and even more proud of the fact that the 12.1 sounds even better than the 10.5.
The 12.1 features an infinitely variable Azimuth adjustment. A small clamping screw from under the arm tube holds the headshell in position. The headshell can be rotated by about ± 5° after untightening this screw. A precision-made plastic part mounted instead of the cartridge allows for aligning the headshell parallel to the platter or record surface. This plastic part has the same height like the EMT-ti cartridge and allows additionally for alignment of the arm height. If a cartridge has some deviation in azimuth, adjustment can be done by rotating the headshell in the desired direction to set the stylus of your cartridge vertical to the record surface.
Tonearm 12.1 Specifications:
|Distance platter center to tonearm bearing center||292 mm|
|Effective length||305.6 mm|
|Cartridge mount||1/2” connector, long holes|
|Minimum distance between mounting surface and platter top||25 mm|
|Mounting depth||30 mm|
|Cartridge weight||min. 4, max. 16 g|
|Dynamic mass||ca. 14 g|
|Total weight||ca. 350 g|
|Scope of delivery||tonearm with flying leads (unterminated), tools|
|Options||tonearm with standard 5-pin connector (SME type)|