GrooveMaster II Tonearms

Jun 25, 2018
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As an Ortofon SPU addict, you are in the need for a heavy tonearm. Widley known ist the popular 12'' Schick Tonarm, at least here in Germany. Looking for an equally priced alternative I would like to recommend the 12'' GroveMaster II produced by Audio Creative in Netherlands. The build quality ist great and soundwise it is a perfect match to a Ortofon SPU.

I allready own two Groovemaster II (with optional titanium tube and silver wire) running my Ortofon SPU Classic GM E MKII and Ortofon SPU Mono CG 25 Di MkII. The second GrooveMaster replaced my Schick Tonarm I used before. Both tonarms are installed on my turntable Dr. Feickert Firebird.

Her are some pictures to look at:

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Picture 1: Turntable Dr. Feickert Firebird with 12'' GrooveMaster II tonearms and SPUs

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Picture 2: Frontview

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Picture 3: Tonearm GrooveMaster II in action

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Picture 4: Housing containing the bearings and counter weight

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Picture 5: Magnetic antiskating device

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Pictute 6: Tonearmlift

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Picture 7: Tonearm comes well packed

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Picture 8: Content of the parcel

Have fun!
Stephan
 
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hi
glad you´re happy
have one GM Ti on my way now...incl ebony headshell and sliding base
only thing it misses is an on the fly VTA feature...
will be mounted on a Garrard 301, possibly Garrardzilla project if promising enough
best
Leif
 
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Hello Leif!

You surely will have fun with the Groovemaster you orderd. With wich cartridge will you use it?

Best Wishes
Stephan
 
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hello folks
first I´d like to comment on superb service and follow up from Marco Bouwer at Audio Creative in NL
I have now been playing with the Groovemaster Titanium 12" and Rowland Complement on my Garrard 301 for two days and I´m very pleased both with the looks, the feel and the sound of the arm.
The lift is perhaps the best I´ve used apart from the remotecontrolled Airtangent ref.Extemely presise and controlled action.
The setup tools ar very good and the dimple on top of the bearing house is a stroke of genious to get it all correctly aligned .
I chose to use the option SME slide base and this simplifies things of course
Next cartridge to be tested, is a Lumiere DST, a Japaneese derivative/clone of the unobtainum holy grail cartridge Neumann DST 62.
Its a seriuous generator and will sure put the Groovemaster to the ultimate test.
to be continued
best
Leif

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djsina2

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Easy VTA is available now on their web store. He only has a small quantity available until Feb 2020.
 

gian60

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In February I will buy this tonearm to put on Schopper TD 124 to use with my 6 SPU
I listen in one shop and for his price is a fantastic tonearm
 

Audiophile Bill

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In February I will buy this tonearm to put on Schopper TD 124 to use with my 6 SPU
I listen in one shop and for his price is a fantastic tonearm
I fancy putting one of these on a vintage idler too. Looks just what I am after and very reasonably priced. What would you say is its sonic signature, Gian?
 

djsina2

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ddk

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my Groovemaster 12" with easyVTA with Rowland Complement on my shot at Garrardzilla
in the background left is Alfred Bokrand Ortofon 309 banana for EMT TSD15 and TMD25
plinth is custom slate for dual 12s and symmetrical 301 position from Shaun Daniels at PeakHifi in UK

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Looks like you upgraded your 301 with additional platter and I assume bearing parts too in addition to a new plinth. If you can please expand on different qualities of each plinth.

david
 

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