Brinkmann 10.5 Tonearm
Brinkmann 10.5 Tonearm

10.5 Tonearm

The 10.5 is considered one of the best tonearms in the world and is used as a reference (and highly recommended) by magazines and reviewers alike throughout the world.

3 Years




The 10.5 is a true all-around tonearm. With a dynamic mass of 12 grams, it works well with any modern cartridge; and with 10.5” length, it is still short enough for most turntables designed for 9-inch arms, yet also long enough for 12-inch arm bases. For optimum resonance control and high torsional stability, the 10.5 is made from aluminium and stainless steel; a high tech synthetic material is also used. For the same reasons, the head shell is nondetachable and the surface of the arm tube has also been treated with special anodizing. A double gimballed suspension, with precision ball bearings free of play, ensures precise and frictionless tracking. The vertical downforce and the dynamic mass can be adjusted over a wide range thanks to the split collar counterweight. Skating is compensated for without any contact by magnetic force. (Too bad you actually will hardly ever notice any of these efforts. Because simply put, the better a tone arm works, the more you’ll hear what has been cut into the vinyl: music!)

The 10.5 features an infinitely variable Azimuth adjustment. A small clamping screw from under the arm tube holds the head shell in position. The head shell can be rotated by about ± 5° after untightening this screw. A precision-made plastic part mounted instead of the cartridge allows for aligning the head shell parallel to the platter or record surface. This plastic part has the same height like our EMT-ti cartridge and allows additionally for alignment of the arm height. If a cartridge has some deviation in azimuth, adjustment can be done by rotating the head shell in the desired direction to set the stylus of your cartridge vertical to the record surface.

Distance platter centre to tonearm bearing centre
244 mm

Effective length
259.8 mm

15.8 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. 12 g

Total weight
ca. 300 g

180 g

Scope of delivery
Tonearm with flying leads (unterminated), tools

Tonearm with standard 5-pin connector (SME type)