By definition, when tracking a record with a pivoted tonearm, the cantilever is aligned perfectly perpendicular to the groove in only two instances. The longer the tonearm, the smaller the offset error will be between these two instances, resulting in lower distortion. This explains why LPs tracked with the 12.1-inch long tonearm sound just a tad more poised, relaxed and natural (no rose is without thorns however: there are not that many turntables that can accommodate the »12.1« – among them our »LaGrange« and »Balance«). By the way: The »12.1« is not just a »10.5« with a longer armtube. Since a longer arm tube offers lower torsional stability and is more prone to resonances, we had to implement quite a few structural changes. We’re proud of the fact that you will probably not notice any them at first sight, and even more proud of the fact that the »12.1« sounds even better than the »10.5«.

Brinkmann 12.1


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)