The Wand ToneArm. Fast. Nimble. Light. 5 Star Reviews.

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The Wand is a True Hot Rod of a Tonearm.

Now at True Audiophile.

We've spent years looking for a nimble, fast, lightweight tonearm at a good price. Of course, its helps this one also looks quite nice. The Wand is getting rave reviews worldwide. We are making an exclusive package with this arm on a unique turntable we're directly importing from Germany. This is a very hot rod table. -- TA

THE WAND PLUS  Series 2 Tonearm is a 5-Star Arm

Swedish magazine Hifi & Music reviewed The Wand Tonearm® fitted to an Analogue Works TT2 and using a Lyra Kleos cartridge and concluded (translated);

Sure, the combination costs a pretty penny and it is hard to discount the vertiginous precision in the detail that the Lyra cartridge contributes. But, I cannot recall having ever heard a Lyra sound as muscular and dynamic, and clearly the mechanically stable and low loss tonearm contributes to this. Yes, it feels as if the stylus movement is directly coupled to the amplifier. So, considering the price, the Wand presents itself as a true bargain!  

HiFi Choice (UK) August 2014. - This is a follow up on Neville Robert's earlier review of The Wand Classic (which he awarded 5 stars) he concluded; "The Wand Plus scores over the Classic in terms of features and refinement. The engineering is top class and this arm will certainly impart some magic to your recordings."

HiFi Plus (UK) of The Wand Plus as fitted to an Analogue Works turntable One. Issue #112 Where reviewer Alan Sircom commented; “What The Wand brings to the party is excitement. …. a sense of speed and energy and zest to the LP. .....the bass has a real sense of shape and dynamism to it. Soundstaging, image separation and image solidarity are good too.." The full review is on the HiFi Plus website

Hi Fi World Review Extract 5 Stars January 2012 edition of HiFi World magazine (UK), reviewer Adam Smith praised the bass saying "..the low end is a real strength of The Wand as it captures bass lines expertly and never seems to run out of puff or feel that it was lacking authority" But still felt that "it has a delightfully expressive and emotive midrange" and "..be offering a striking impressive neutrality at the top end.."

Adam concluded; "I would say that it is almost impossible not to fall for The Wand's charms. I love the styling which succeeds purely on a visual level... it makes most other arms look skinny and ineffective." "It captures the captures the innate essence of a good unipivot and adds in a healthy dose of the strengths of conventionally pivoted arms."

Extract from HiFi Choice #363 5 Stars 
"The Wand certainly pulled something wonderful out of the hi-fi hat... It sounds completely out of its price class, letting you get lost in music. I loved the way it let the rhythms flow." And concluding; "The Wand is a powerful performer, punching way above its class of entry-level tonearms. If you want something that's at home with a wide variety of music, yet delivers that all important analogue wow factor, look no further. 

TNT Audio Review 
"The combination of the Wand, Denon 103 and Garrard 401 gives a wonderful musical experience from top to bottom and a sound stage that is so real and believable. All the LPs I tried sounded good, the combination seemed to level the playing field making all music a pleasure. ...Comparing the Wand to the Rega (RB1000) arm is difficult as I have to rely on my memory. What is apparent is the wonderful tonality of the Wand, the Rega sounds grey and some what flat in comparison, less believable."

Since being launched in late 2011 it has picked up a BEST Design Award (New Zealand)  and numerous Five Star reviews around the world. 

The Wand Plus is available in 9.5in, 10.3in and 12in lengths. 

The Wand Unipivot Tonearm® represents a step change in tonearm design. This is not your grandmother’s ‘gramophone’. 

Its large diameter carbon-fibre arm tube makes it at least four times stiffer than ‘traditional’ arms.

 

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Specifications for 9.5", 10.3" & 12" models 

  • 22mm diameter carbon-fibre tube is 4x stiffer than conventional arms.

  • Careful termination of arm vibrations. Solid machined 50mm Brass body.

  • Medium effective mass (13 to 15g) suits most cartridges:

    • Effective Mass 9.5" arm - 12.5 g

    • Effective Mass 10.3" arm - 14 g

    • Effective Mass 12" arm - 15 g

  • Installation tool enabling 90% of the performance to be achieved quickly.

  • 9.5in is a drop in replacement for Rega geometry arms (25mm hole @~222mm).

  • 10.3in is the longest arm possible for Linn LP12 and Technics SL1200 family

  • 12in arm has 24% reduction in distortion. (25mm hole at 295mm from spindle)

  • SME, Technics, Thorens & Linn LP12 and Lenco mounting instructions.

  • Fitted weight ~500g (550g for 12in). This is similar to SME 3009 / Linn Ittok.

  • Baerwald alignment (Fixed angle, adjustable overhang) Thread /weight antiskate.

  • US Patent Application; 29396989 Registered Design & Trademark

 

Other Details 

  • Cable : 

    • 900mm long

    • Unscreened Cardas

    • 35pF capacitance per channel

  • Separate armtube earth

  • Mounting dimensions : 

    • 222mm from spindle for 9.5"

    • 246mm from spindle for 10.3"

    • 295mm from spindle for 12" 

    • 25mm diameter hole (23mm min)

  • Cartridge Mounting / Alignment :

    •  12.7mm centres. Fixed angle.

    • Adjustable overhang. (Baerwald)

  • Total weight; : 

    • 500g for 9.5"

    • 535g for 10.3"

    • 550g for 12"

Cartridge Compatibiity 

The Wand is "Medium Mass" at 12.5g effective mass (15g for the 12in), so will work with most cartridges. Even a high compliance cartridge like a Shure V15Vx gives a measured resonance at 7Hz, so is ok.   

At the other extreme, conventional low compliance cartridges work well. Arm/Cartridge matching is frequently over-stated, unless you have a system with massive bandwidth or insist on playing badly warped records, it shouldn't be an issue.  

The most popular cartridge with our users are Denon DL103 or Ortofon 2M and variants of them both. 

Turntable Compatibility

The Wand is designed around the Rega style mounting dimensions. Do check the height, some lids may hit.

Mounts for existing turntables : The Wand mounts in a round hole (23-30mm) as with most turntables. 

The Wand Plus Installation  ...  PDF 850kB

More Installation Information

The first three of five Installation videos are on Vimeo - (Each 3-5minutes long) 

  1. Fitting & Balancing  -  Link

  2. Drilling the Mounting Hole -  Link

  3. Fitting the Mount -  Link  

  4. Fitting the Arm & Setting Overhang -  Coming Soon

  5. Vertical & Horizontal Balancing -  Coming Soon

 

To ease the replacement an existing arm we offer the following guides : 

  • Linn LP12 mounting Linn-Wand   PDF  250kB

  • SME style mounting hole SME-Wand   PDF 200kB

  • Technics SL1200 & SL1500 family turntables Technics-Wand   PDF 650kB

  • Lenco L75 family turntables  --  For direct mounting on the top plate and using the Lenco lifter  --    Lenco-Wand PDF 640kB    

  • There is a Pinterest Board with The Wand on Lencos.

  • Thorens TD318 family turntables  -- and using the Thorens lifter --   Thorens-Wand   PDF 780kB

  • Thorens TD160 family  -- coming soon 

 

Will The Wand work on my suspended turntable?  

The Wand weighs ~500g (~1lb). This is similar to SME 3009, and a little heavier than Rega arms (420g). 

So it should be within the adjustment range of most turntables.

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Pricing

PLUS SERIES

Damped cuing, arm lock, Eichmann plugs, more substantial mounting and vibration over Classic line.

 

Wand Plus   9" Arm   $ 1,400.00

Wand Plus 10" Arm   $ 1,600.00

 Wand Plus 12" Arm   $ 1,800.00 

 

 

Pricing

MASTER SERIES

Upgraded wiring, Zirconium Oxide bearing, silver finish for carbon fiber tubing and matching diamond knurl parts, easily adjustable VTA and external damping facility.

Wand Plus   9" Arm   $ 2,500.00

Wand Plus 10" Arm   $ 2,900.00

 Wand Plus 12" Arm   $ 3,250.00 

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The Wand Tonearm: Video 1/5 - Fitting & Balancing 

 

The Wand Tonearm: Video 2/5 - Drilling the Mounting Hole 

 

The Wand Tonearm: Video 3/5 - Fitting the Mount 

 

The Wand Tonearm: Video 4/5 - Fitting the Arm, Mount & Setting Overhang

The Wand Tonearm: Video 5/5 - Vertical & Horizontal Balancing of The Wand Tonearm 


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