A NEW tonearm is a rare event… and yes, we have this rare event, thanks to renown German turntable specialist Clearaudio – the company has just released a new model called the Tracer, a radial tracking unit. This is the 10th Clearaudio tonearm in its current catalogue, and takes its place between the Magnify and Clarify models, just three steps below the flagship Universal.
We’re told the Tracer is a “minimalist design that places particular emphasis on the stable positioning of the phono cartridge above the record’s surface.”
The press release adds: “Clearaudio’s design team drew on a number of engineering tricks typically associated with high-end watchmaking. Its design features a high-precision, low-friction jewelled bearing which is deftly crafted using a combination of tungsten and sapphire. The tonearm tube is carbon, hence is both extremely rigid and very lightweight, giving a just-right combination of stability and agility.”
The Tracer, apparently, is easy to use – anti-skating force is “effortlessly adjustable by way of a simple dial within perfect reach, while the aluminium headshell allows the azimuth to be easily fine-tuned.”
The counter-weight is under-slung to provide an optimal centre of gravity and to allow straightforward adjustment of the tracking force.
The Tracer comes with either a black carbon or silver carbon arm-tube, with matching aluminium parts.