Analog Corner #290: The Haniwa LP Playback System In Heavy Rotation

Sidebar: In Heavy Rotation

Berlin Philharmonic: Bruckner's 7th Symphony
BPM D2D 2 LP test pressing


Raconteurs: Help Us Stranger
Third Man LP


Sasha Cooke/The Colburn Orchestra: If You Love For Beauty
Yarlung LP


Teodross Avery: After the Rain: A Night For Coltrane
Tompkins Square LP


Tyler, The Creator: IGOR
Tidal, Qobuz until vinyl arrives


Betty Carter: The Music Never Stops
Blue Engine Records 2 LPs


Michel Legrand: Legrand Jazz
Impex 45rpm 2 LPs


Dave Rawlings Machine: Nashville Obsolete
Acony LP


Sam Rivers: Contours
Blue Note Tone Poet LP


Clark Terry: Clark Terry
Sam/Decca LP


Al Green: Call Me
Hi/Vinyl Me, Please LP


MaiGroup: Metamorphosis
MaiGroup test pressing LP

Jack L's picture


What caught my eyes is the bulleye spirit level installed at the top of the tonearm support column. This feature is crucial to ensure the contactless support bathing in a bath of magnetic fluid is perfectly balanced with the turntable/cartridge as a whole unit.

That said, I do not see any similar level indicator installed for the headshell which is DETACHABLE from the tonearm tube !!!! This will be another must to ensure the detached headshell/cartridge once screwed back onto the tonearm tube still maintain the same balance without any offset & overhang issues.

Is it a design overlook? This is not a cheap tonearm, my friend !

FYI, I very frequently check up the proper tracking of my TT/tonearm/cartridge with placing momentarily a small featherlight bulleye spirit lever on the top of the headshell/cartridge while playing a LP. The dead centering of the 'bulleye' inside the lever indicates perfect realtime DYNAMIC tracking of the record player - no offset & overhang problems.

AFTER such tracking test, I then proceed to anti-skaing test of the tonearm by spinning it on the grooveless track of my test record.

The bulleye lever only cost me 2 bucks from any hardware store. Yet it works bigtime for me, saving big bucks to acquire complex alignment tools.

Play vinyl smart, pals.

Jack L

rbafna's picture

The Player turntable is based on the Transrotor Max, plus the optional Eins power supply. It's not clear from this review why The Player costs more than 5x the price of the Max.