The tonearm in use: Fidelity Research model FR54
above image: the FR54 is put into place just to visualize its appearance on the TD124 chassis. The armboard in the view has been previously cut to fit
a Rega tonearm and will not actually be used for this project.
Above photos: As received. A used Fidelity Research FR54 tonearm.
Pivot bearings work freely with no evidence of slop.
Here is the data I have on the FR54:
Fitting the cartridge
**The counterweight weighs 122 grams**
The combined weight of the headshell, the headweight and the Uwe Panzerholz bodied DL-103R is ...... 27.8g do a little arithmetic and we understand that the weight of the Uwe Panzerholz DL-103R is 13.3g.
With this much information we can anticipate how much additional weight at the headshell end could be added before a heavier counterweight would be needed.
If we substitute a heavier headshell how heavy can it be?
example: Sumiko HS12 headshell weighs 11.4g
The standard FR headshell weighs 10.0g. : difference = 1.4g
This may be slightly more than the counterweight can balance, however, to achieve 2.5g vtf, the cw won't need to be positioned all the way back. It may work. Although we can still subtract the 4.6g brass headweight to achieve balance.
If the goal were to use the HS12 headshell, then it seems very likely that it will work in this instance...but the brass headweight may have to be eliminated.
A new armboard from Basswood* is cut and drilled. Mounting distance from spindle center to pivot bearing center is 230mm. A special purpose gage is being used to double check the accuracy of the -spindle to pivot- distance (aka mounting distance). A separate arc protractor will be used to set overhang and zenith.
Once we are satisfied with the quality of fit, and the quality of sound, the armboard will receive a multi-coat black lacquer paint job.
* Basswood is one of the materials used in acoustic guitar making for its quality of tone.
Armboard after finish coats: