Schröder CB Tonearm

Dr Vinyl presents the superb Schroder CB/CB-L Tonearm.

During the month of May 2020, we will be giving an allowance of at least $800 dollars towards the purchase of a CB arm. Actual amount will vary depending on your arm’s market value for trade-in.

Included is installation or facetime help installing the arm plus full Analogmagik set up; both are valued at $1000.

Contact Dr Vinyl for the possibility of adding this extrodinary tone arm to your analog system

Frank Schröder is among a select few who make the finest audiophile tonearms in the world today. Each tonearm is meticulously built like a Swiss Chronograph with rare precision and craftsmanship. The reputation of Schroeder arms has been growing in recent years and currently, they are some of the most desirable arms available.

A Schröder tonearm sounds like no tonearm at all. Timbre and tonality of instruments takes on a new meaning. Across the entire frequency spectrum, this tonearm opens a door to a new insight into sound quality. If a high degree of fidelity and utmost naturalness is high on your list of sonic priorities, perhaps consider this tonearm as a standard of reference.

Unlike the unique magnetic bearing principle for which Schröder holds worldwide patents, the CB (Captive Bearing) series of arms feature hybrid ceramic bearings of unprecedented low friction (2mg vertical, 3.5mg horizontal). This is the lowest measured friction of any traditional bearing arm. With internal magnetic damping in the horizontal plane, the CB Tonearm has a calibrated center post to allow repeatable adjustment of VTA, adjustable azimuth and different headshell plates to allow adjustment of effective mass to couple with a wide range of cartridges.

One of the major influences in the sound reproduction of vinyl play back is mechanical vibration. After all, tonearms are basically mechanical devices. The CB tonearm is designed with defined physical zones within its infrastructure that focus vibrations away from key areas. It rejects vibrations conducted through the mounting plate that originate from other turntable components such as the motor, plinth, bearing, and airborne vibrations by diverting them away from the critical path.

The premise is to integrate a stiff, balanced mass structural coupling to the chassis. This effectively eliminates external excitation by generating equal forces to all sides of the arm, maintaining the dynamic stability of the system and preventing a deflection of the cantilever.

Specifications

TypeCBCB-L
Arm wand length9 inches12 inches
Effective length (mm)239.3282.0
Pivot to spindle distance (mm)222.0267.5
Overhang (mm)17.314.52
Offset angle23°19.35°
Shaft diameter (mm)2323
Effective mass with supplied cartridge mounting plate (grams)1418
Effective mass with optional heavy cartridge mounting plate (grams)1923
Effective mass with optional ultra-light cartridge mounting plate (grams)12.516.5
Arm wand materialCarbon Fibre or Kingwood
Mounting hole24-25mm with single M6 tapped hole
Ceramic hybrid bearing friction> 2mg vertically, > 3.5mg horizontally
Distance between mounting surface and platter level25-60mm, best ~30-35mm
Balance characteristicsNeutral balance arm, no change in VTF when altering VTA or record thickness. Internal magnetic damping for the horizontal movement
Adjustable Parameters
  • VTF
  • VTA
  • Overhang
  • Offset angle
  • Azimuth
  • Anti-skating – Frictionless, resonance free magnetic anti-skating up to 2.3 grams. VTF higher tracking forces can be compensated for by exchanging the anti-skating screw, upon request.
WiringCryogenically treated, low loss, high purity copper wiring. Single run from cartridge clips to RCAs. 1m length from arm to RCAs. (additional lengths available upon request)
Double CounterweightLower counterweight can be exchanged to an optional lighter or heavier cylinder, allowing for an increase/decrease of total counterweight mass without altering the overall mass distribution of the arm. Adjustment to a fundamental arm cartridge resonance frequency of 8-12Hz yields optimal performance of the system.
Metal ColourBlack

Contact Dr Vinyl for the possibility of adding this extrodinary tone arm to your analog system