Hadcock GH228 Export Tonearm
The Hadcock 228 pick up arm, is an excellent upgrade for most ready supplied arms in today’s mid price turntables. The two arm types offered the 228 and the 242 range share the same mounting body. The difference comes in the arm tube length and headshell. The GH 228 model now just comes with pure copper wiring internally and externally.
The arm uses the same Stainless Steel arm tube and headshell as the 242 but is slightly shorter and due to there Unipivot design are lightweight tonearms. Spare arm tubes and headshells are available for all models.
The GH 228 Export is the only remaining arm in the 228 range and uses a pure OFC internal wire, fly leads and Copper interconnects.
All 228 arm tubes are interchangeable, and the spare headhells allow for easy interchanging of cartridges. Giving the listener the choice of saving that expensive treasured cartridge for special listening sessions, whilst the old favourite can be employed at other times. Set up of the arms is a little harder than a fixed pivot arm, however, comprehensive easy to follow instructions are included with every arm, and the quality of workmanship and finish make it a pleasure to assembly and fine tune. Once a unipivot is fixed and aligned, it will require minimal maintenance if any at all.
The GH 228 is suitable for almost all turntables including SME, Thorens, Michell, Nottingham Analogue, Linn and Origin Live to name but a few.
All arms come with a 1 year warranty against defective workmanship, and advice on cartridge types is freely offered. Stainless Steel arm tube with pure copper wire.
Utterly musical high end performance with a very tempting price tag attached. Very little serious competition at the price.
Hi-Fi World June 2000 - Richard White