This is a single owner (father/son) Fidelity Research FR-64s. (Internal copper wiring version). Conservatively, rated as 7 due to age.
The venerable FR-64s tonearm needs no introduction and there is plenty of available information and reviews about it.
Constructed from stainless steel, this vintage Japanese tonearm is still highly regarded in the audiophile world and for some, retains cult status level. This was Fidelity Research’s original dynamically balanced tonearm employing the same spring as the FR66s/66 to apply tracking force.
For its entire life, this tonearm has been mated to a Technics SP10-Mkii and a Mark Levinson MLC-1 (Miyabi) moving coil low compliance cartridge, producing spectacular dynamics when mated to an ML-7/ML-3 combo.
The tonearm is in very good working condition, and aesthetically, apart from some discoloration/peeling on the armtube-to-head-shell locking collet connector, is very well preserved (see pics). It has been in dry storage for twenty years, as I went the belt drive route during that time and didn’t have a need to use my Technics/FR64s/MLC-1 setup.
Overall arm length: 322mm
Pivot stylus distance: 245mm
Suitable turntable height: 25-60mm
Max armboard thickness: 35mm
Arm mounting hole diameter: 31mm
Stylus overhang: 15mm
Suitable cartridge weight: 0-24 g
Effective tonearm mass: 30 g
What’s included: Tonearm and related mounting hardware as shown in pictures
Headshell not included
As an FYI, I am also selling the Technics SP10 MKii here in Audiogon and I am including the tonearm board for the FR64s with that.
- Buyer responsible for Shipping, Insurance and PayPal fees
- No returns