Bruce B - So I can’t say definitely why because I’ve never had a Mayajima mono cartridge, but there is something that sounds very “right” about playing my old mono jazz and classical records with you Magnesium arm & the Mayajima. The horns have a bite and an “in the room” presence that I don’t get from my ZYX Optimum (US$17,000) & Moech 8 (US$6,000). It sounds like music & that's JUST ABOUT AS GOOD AS IT GETS.
TNTAudio - G.Husband. I've long admired 12" arms, but they are invariably expensive & need a compatible turntable. Well with this kit you get a 12" arm for a 9" price. The arm reminded me strongly of the Morsiani, so that is very high praise, as I consider the Morsiani can lay claim to the Best Sounding Arm in the World. (Geoff ended up in buying his review arm & T/T)
Chriswhgree - Fantastic, Initial results were excellent-more open & relaxed than many arms-I've owned just about ever one you could think of ? Ittock ($3,000), Not/Analogue (2,500), Morch UP4(2,400), Opus 3 Cantus (1,950), Clearaudio Satisfy ($2,350)
KWong – I was going to upgrade my VPI to their 12'' arm wand at $5,000. Then I spotted the Merlin 12'' at about 75% of the VPI price. Read the reviews & said ''why not'' Boy', I çan tell you what a great choice it was. Better S/Q & vastly more stable that the VPI set up. Great
Jkcdesign - fantastic arm, moving to 12" certainly gives a fantastic fluency to the music, makes you feel as you are actually at the performance, Better than my SME it replaced. Highly recommended.
David Lev - Overall, images seems to be more independent of each other, more like they are floating (in a realistic way) within the sound-stage. The alleged loss of 'bass slam' that many people claim uni-pivot arms are guilty of, does not seem to occur in my system with this arm. I am very happy with the arm!
PeterW - Your Wizard arm with titanium tube & silver wiring is a great sounding arm, just listening to it at the moment on my Gyro Dec. I used to have a rewired Hadcock 228 tone-arm on it before. This arm really shows it up, I love the arm it reveals a lot of detail, well done.
moonknight - I just wanted to say it sounds great. Very smooth & big. Thanks so much for a great, affordable product. It's amazing to me how it sounds better than my Jelco 750.
Peter B - I'm using an Ortofon 2m black with a Schitt phone stage, absolutely beautiful clear precise open very detailed & making the system sound the best ever.
BradR - I am very much enjoying your wonderful Merlin arm. I love the arm and what I am hearing tonight is sublime. Everything is so good, but I can't decide which cartridge to mount permanently! I am playing a Decca it sounds so good, I have also tried my Pickering (LVX-4500) and again the arm produces beautiful music with it.
Krice - Derek love the Merlin L tone-arm I purchased from you, it has replaced a Jelco & the Basis Vector arm as the main arm in my system.
Lonescu - I have temporarily mounted the arm, just sitting on the deck at the right distance, I than did a dry run…. Men o men, there is so much more music coming out of my system, it is incredible!
Peter - Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you but I’m getting very good results with your arm. My guess was good with the ZYX Omega: it works very well with this mass arm - I’ve had problems in the past with the lightweight SME V and other medium mass arms.
Bruce - So I can’t say definitely why because I’ve never had a Mayajima mono cartridge, but there is something that sounds very “right” about playing my old mono jazz and classical records with you Magnesium arm & the Mayajima. The horns have a bite and an “in the room” presence that I don’t get from my ZYX Optimum (US$17,000) & Moech 8 (US$6,000). It sounds like music & that's just about as good as it gets.
P. Goodall NZ - It's a good design, and well made, I am impressed! The Merlin/AT33 and SP15 are making really good music, it has a ridiculously good soundstage, which I am enjoying a lot.
Simoon - About 5 years ago, I upgraded a 9" arm, an Audiomods arm, to a less expensive 12" Temaaudio Warlock unipivot arm. I will never go back to a 9" arm, that's a 27% reduction in tracking angel error reduction, which is a big deal.
TNTAudio online mag – Richard Varey : The newly-developed pivot point mounting is also one of the keys to the arm's appeal and performance. It's made of extremely hard Ceramic, ensuring the absolute minimum friction and wear, and it's magnetized to firmly hold the pivot point down, thereby eliminating 'pivot point chatter' which has been the weakness of some uni-pivot arms. This magnetic bearing is standard on the Merlin arms, and an optional extra on the rest of the range. A special damping oil is provided for the bearing. This reduces the initial touch-down wobble every uni-pivot arm goes through when lowered onto a disc. The sound is very clean with clear separation, and a believable sound stage. I hear fine tonal balance, agile attack & delay and a relaxed sense of lively energetic musical flow. The Merlin is enabling my cartridges to dig up more detail that I've ever heard before.
GMan – I bought Temaads 10.5 arm ex Demo & decided to try his recommendation of Under-Hang. Well I never though a alignment system could make such a difference. The arm is fantastic & easily bests my old Audioms IV.
Dave W - The Warlock tone-arm kit that I purchased from TeemadAudio is a true “best buy.” It was very easy to assemble and performed well beyond expectations. I had it up and going in two hours, sounding great with no alignment tweaks. If it sounds this good with everything being eyeballed in, I can only be pleasantly surprised with its performance after a few fine-tuning tweaks. The kit allowed for my own build preferences, as I didn’t follow many steps in the arm assembly instructions. I just built it the way I wanted to – Blue Tac the wand to the pivot housing, BluTac the cartridge to a home-made pickup surface with no holes, using a cheap damping oil instead of the SME and VPI oils I use in my other uni-pivot arms, wrapping the Litz wires around the outside of the wand instead of going through it and the pivot housing – and it sounds as good as a much more expensive commercial uni-pivot arm. More precise alignments will come after I get to know the arm and its best cartridge pairings. I purposefully did my sound tests on the Warlock 12” wand with a decent low-end Technics MM cartridge: the EPC 207C. I figured if this cartridge sounded better than it has performed on a medium mass arm, then it must be TeemadAudio’s Warlock. My hypothesis was confirmed. The EPC 207C is a fairly low capacitance cartridge (10 x 10-6cm/Dyne) well suited for medium mass tone-arms. Since the Warlock is a very low mass arm, I expected to hear arm resonance with this cartridge. Nothing, just a very low noise floor. Almost black! I had never before heard such detail on such a black background from this cartridge. The arm greatly improved the inner detail of music that this cartridge was able to reproduce. The EPC 207C has a mass of 5.6g,recommended tracking force of between 1.5 and 2.0g.
The Warlock made this cartridge sound better than I have ever-heard it. In fact, it performed as well as a Linn Karma, a LOMC cartridge, on a Linn Akito arm. My test record was Chet Atkins’s “From Nashville with Love,”which I chose because of the great detail in the individual instruments. Some of his guitar tunings, which he does while he plays, sounded as if I were in the studio with him. The Warlock revealed the guitar, the airiness of each guitar note against a very black background, and quick tonal changes. The arm has excellent midrange frequency extension. I have yet to test its quickness with the lower frequencies, as the Atkins album doesn't offer much in the way of deep bass. I set up the Warlock on a pod next to an entry-level Pro-JectDebut TT (the table I use to play my old jazz records on, using other tables with more recent vinyl in various genres). The Warlock completely outcompeted Pro-Ject’s 9” aluminium tone-arm, which suffers from a more transient noise floor and some pretty awful arm resonance (hence its factory pairing with the Ortofon OMB 5E cartridge). Being on a pod away from the motor and bearing noise makes it hard for me to listen to jazz with a different arm on this TT. I have yet to set the VTA to anything better than an eyeball estimation. I also will use the New Alignment Method for Pivot to Stylus that TeemadAudio recommends. In the meantime, I just want to listen to and enjoy the crisp realistic sonics coming Warlock. Out of my jazz records for awhile longer. The overall transparency of this arm makes it one that I highly recommend to anyone who would like to have a high-performing tone-arm on a budget.
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