Cornet 1 and Cornet 2 tone-arms, designed by Tom Fletcher, are the culmination of the Tom’s continuing development of the Space Arm.
Unipivot arms are usually designed with the pivot sitting in a silicone bath. The problem with this design is that the silicone bath takes quite a while to settle down, so the sound of the arm changes as it plays. Many unipivots uses eccentric counter weights to insure proper azimuth.
Cornet’s unipivot design uses a new approach: to maintain azimuth, along with a special material, developed with viscosity properties that do not flow and do not require “settling time”.
A hi-tech carbon fibre tube with fibres along the length, not wrapped around the arm, greatly increases the strength, resonance control and rigidity of the arm.
Cornet arms also have an unusual new headshell design. Meticulous attention to the material went into the development, producing an arm more sonically in phase. The headshell also has no finger lift. These features ensure that the arm is properly balanced and no uncontrolled resonances run around the headshell.
The Cornet 1 tonearm shares most of the same performance features of the more expensive Cornet 2 – long grain Carbon fiber, Unipivot design, in-line headshell and a magnificent marriage of materials.
All our arms share the same – family of sound – we believe, they have to, in order for all to sound right in combination. Thereby the differences between the two arms are subtle yet still clearly audible.