MORSIANI: Carlo Morsiani – italian builder of precision Morsiani tonearms and turntables interviewed

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[Morsiani turntable and arm]

Carlo Morsiani (TNT-Audio) writes: Could You explain to our readers when and how You started your interest about hi-fi and turntables building?

CM >

I started my interest in the sixties end, when in Italy the only review with a section dedicated to hi-fi was "Discoteca hi-fi". In 1971 I visited the first Italian hi-fi show, the "SIM" in Milan. I dedicated myself to live tape recordings for many years, because I was more satisfied listening my tapes than LP. I was one of the first CD player buyers, but six years later I discontinued it forever, because I was not satisfied. Going back to vinyl, I was not fully satisfied by the available equipments, so I tried to build a tonearm. In this way I realized that the vinyl was better than I expected.

TNT-Audio >

To many people may seem out of time the proposal of hi-end LP replay equipment. But we trust that many enthusiasts, maybe old practitioners, keep up the analogue together with new followers, despite the new digital technologies incoming. For example the thousands Protractor gauges, free distributed in Italy in these years, testify this. From your point of view, how do you see the present analogue market?

CM >

In the latest years the audiophiles are becoming more involved in vinyl and the related replay equipment, despite the prophecies wanting the vinyl extinguished 10 years after the CD income. Now 16 years are gone by, and we find that vinyl discs, previously released at 33 rpm only, now are available at 45 rpm. In every review I read, in every web site I visit, I find new turntables builders. This is surprising from a thing that should be extinct.

TNT-Audio >

Let's go a little bit deeper into your technology, could you resume the main features?

CM >

About the tonearm since the beginning I experienced that the Univpivot bearing is better than cardanic bearings. I know audiophiles disappointed by the more difficult adjustment, They are right to be disappointed, but they do not understand that the perfect adjustment is not difficult, but it is impossible in current ant skating devices.

My tonearm resolves this problem. I did not invented the Univpivot, neither the magnetic anti-skating. The only example of this combination, previously appeared before my arm, is the "Decca international arm", which was my inspiration.

All other magnetic anti-skating were in cardanic arms. The true Univpivot bearing(only one needle) has lower friction than ball races and "dual pivot", (this is a cardanic bearing, and it sounds like cardanic, nothing to do about true Univpivot).

I discovered that the skate force is not constant, but it ……..

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