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12.1 Tonearm

The Brinkmann 12.1 tonearm demonstrates Brinkmann’s commitment to the pursuit of analog perfection. The Brinkmann 12.1 is more than a longer version of the famous Brinkmann 10.5 tonearm. Rather, it is a refinement of the 10.5 to improve geometric tracking


herefore reduced distortion. One of the inherent problems with longer tonearms is the increased mass of the tonearm and thereby making cartridge selection difficult. Also, because of the increased length, some turntables cannot accommodate 12″ tonearms. Brinkmann has developed their 12.1 tonearm to have only 2 grams of additional mass thereby making cartridge selection much easier. Also, both the Brinkmann BALANCE and LaGrange support the 12.1 tonearm.

The Brinkmann 12.1 is not just a 10.5 with a longer armtube. Since any longer arm tube offers lower torsional stability and is more prone to resonances, Brinkmann had to implement quite a few structural changes to the 12.1.Brinkmann is confident that you will probably not notice any them at first sight as compared to the 10.5, and proud of the fact that the 12.1 sounds more poised, relaxed and natural than the 10.5.

The Brinkmann 12.1 tonearm represents years of research and engineering. The results are clear: the 12.1 offers a more open and dynamic soundstage and better overall performance. If you are in the market for a new tonearm, take a look at the 12.1 tonearm. If you are considering a Brinkmann turntable, make a point of evaluating it with the Brinkmann 12.1 tonearm, you will be amazed at the performance of the package.


Distance platter center to tonearm bearing center:292 mm
Effective length:305.6 mm
Overhang:13.6 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
Counterweight:200 g
Scope of delivery:Tonearm with flying leads (unterminated), tools
Options:Tonearm with standard 5-pin connector (SME type)