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    A few weeks ago I decided to purchase the new Kuzma 4 Point 14", I've had my eye on this ever since it came out. I needed custom length and requested 1.7 M silver so this had to be built.

    I owned the Kuzma 4 Point 12" but it was near impossible to use with my custom Technics SP10 MK3 since the 12" actually fits more like what would be expected from a 9".

    This new Kuzma 14" is 291MM mount distance from spindle to pivot. Very close to what my SME V12 requires.

    After unpacking I connected the Kuzma to my DAC analog output via clips to each of the four head shell leads. The RCA end of the tonearm cable plugged into my preamp and I ran signal for 160 hours.

    Yesterday I mounted the arm to my table and did an initial set up. Of course there's more to do but my initial response is positive and it will get better with additional hours and fine adjustment.
    Last edited by Albert Porter; 11-27-2016, 11:24 PM.

  • #2
    whats the effective mass? that's gotta be the largest counter weight I've ever seen on an arm
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    • Albert Porter
      Albert Porter commented
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      Rob,

      Mass is 2150 gram, effective mass 19 gram

    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      How does the effective mass affect choice of cartridges Albert?

  • #3
    Nice! I love my Kuzma 4-point 11" version-- the 14" looks like a piece of military gear. You will love it. Keep us posted on your impressions.

    Front end: Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 Power Supplies and Volume controls
    Brinkmann Balance & RonT Tube Power supply with Kuzma 4-point ,FR64S, Brinkmann 12.1 , .Koetsu Jade Platinum,Koetsu Rosewood Signature Platinum, Lyra Atlas, Lyra Etna SL Goldfinger Statement, KLAUDIO RCM, HRSM3X
    Amps: Wyetech Topaz, Futterman H3 Quad II,Citation II, Marantz 8b, 5 ,2
    Pre-Amps:Marantz 7, Marantz Model 1 Consolette Pair
    Speakers: Quad ESL 57, Beveridge Model 3 DD amps, REL S/2 x 2
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    • #4
      That thing is impressive !
      Christian
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      • #5
        Man the Kuzma dwarfs the SME!
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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        -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
        -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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        • #6
          Congrats Albert. Looks cool on your turntable. If you liked the regular 4Point, you will like the 14' even more.
          Source: Kuzma XL DC/4Point 14 inch/CAR60; Phono: Zanden 1200 Signature; Tuner: Magnum Dynalab MD-108T Signature; Line Stage: Zanden 3000 Mk2; Power amp: Lamm 1.2 Reference; Speakers: AlsyVox Botticelli; Grounding: Tripoint Troy Elite NG; Cable system: Cardas Clear Beyond; Stands: Finite Elemente Master Reference & Master Reference Heavy Duty; Power strip: Cardas Nautilus; Power filter: P.I Audo: BUSS Depot; Acoustics treatment: Svanå Miljöteknik AB (SMT);

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          • Albert Porter
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            True. The regular 4 point has received praise from every reviewer that's auditioned it.

        • #7
          Beautiful Table and arm. Anxious to hear how it all sounds. Congrats!

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        • #8
          Albert is the man. The Johnny Holmes version.

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          • #9

            Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
            Man the Kuzma dwarfs the SME!
            True and the SME is the V12 model, the big one. Regarding your question about effective mass.

            There are charts for matching compliance of the cartridge to a tonearm, I've read several of them and plugged in numbers but I'm no expert on the topic.

            Supposedly the Koetsu Coralstone and Air Tight Opus both work better in tonearms with a bit higher mass. The SME V12 is slightly light to correct depending on who you ask. I'm hoping the Kuzma brings better performance but sometimes these things turn out to be a trade off.

            One thing for sure, the continuous run of premium silver wire from cartridge clips to phono input RCA is a good thing. The SME and many other designs have several breaks in that path due to design of the head shell, addition of a DIN connector and tonearm plug with clips on either side.

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            • #10
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
              -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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              • #11
                Very nice Albert. I will be looking forward to your review. Cool looking Stabilizer BTW. Can you tell us something about it? Source? Sound? Price?

                Thanks
                Primary 2 channel stuff: Atma-Sphere MP-1 Mk 3.3, Pass Labs X600.5 amps, Aerial SW 12 subs, True Sound Works Ultimate Apogee Divas, Dunlavy SC4s, VPI HRX Reference w Avenger mag drive and Reference footers, Gimbal Fatboy, Yamaha GT2000 for Mono, Miyajima Kansui, Miyajima ZERO, Fidelity Research MC-201 & 202, VPI ADS, Vendetta Research SCP-1, Audio Note UK- 3.1X II balanced DAC, Meridian Sooloos, Western Electric Speaker wire, mostly diy balanced interconnects, Furutech Power Cords

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                • MylesBAstor
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                  Link to the review is in the above post!

              • #12
                Originally posted by Letsmakeadeal View Post
                Very nice Albert. I will be looking forward to your review. Cool looking Stabilizer BTW. Can you tell us something about it? Source? Sound? Price?

                Thanks
                The stabilizer is TTM Stainless with oil filling. It's my favorite weight along with TTM stainless mat.

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                • #13
                  Now that you have had some time with the 14", any chance to try a CAR or find other any other cartridges to be good with this arm besides the Air Tight Opus & Koetsu Coralstone? Thanks

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                  • #14
                    Spla'nin,

                    I sold the Koetsu Coralstone and now have a Kiseki Purple Heart in the second Kuzma 4 Point 14".

                    The Kiseki is excellent in this arm, surprising performance for a relatively inexpensive cartridge. If I were going to try another cartridge I might go back to Lyra. Maybe the Kuzma would put more meat on the bones of the Lyra than the SME did. My standard is the Air Tight Opus, seems to be pretty much perfect for my system and taste.

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                    • #15
                      I have an Opus1 on SAT. The combo used to be my favorite. I also had Atlas SL on SAT before, they sounded too much like playing tape straight to solid stage base system. Now I have Atlas SL on a vintage Ortofon 297 and they are my new favorite. The combo works miracle. Atlas owners wont believe it is Atlas. The best natural midrange. Beat both Coralstone and Opus1 in my system. Not only midrange, realism is extraordinary. The resolution cannot match the Opus, but the weight, density and dimensionality is even better. Not the characteristics of Atlas I heard on different arms. I just enjoy the musical performance and less attracted by "revealing" sounds. Sometime I wonder the resolution of Opus on SAT is a bit too much. Its like watching a HD movie sometime seeing that the dirts on Private Ryan uniform is fake just distract the enjoyment. Different tastes and flavours though. Greatly depends on the matching with arm and tt, imo.

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