The Tosca™ was first presented to the public at the 2019 Axpona show in Chicago. It is our first gimbal-bearing design and we are confident that we have pushed the boundaries of tonearm design one more time! As usual, the utmost attention has been devoted not only to the design of each single part, but to the materials used as well. Metals were chosen for their specific tonal and mechanical qualities; the armwand is made of a complex construction of damped carbon fiber; the bearing and armwand neck are in a composite material also based on carbon fiber, and the headshell is in nickel-plated magnesium. All these elements were tested over a period of several years in order to achieve the best interaction between themselves and tonal balance.
The bearing assembly is contained in a unique mechanism designed to reduce vibration, so that it is ideally isolated from mechanical disturbances coming from the outside. Another innovation can be seen in the system used for the VTA/SRA adjustments. After freeing the bearing assembly on the VTA columns, it is a simple matter of turning a screw that activates a mini-jack placed under the bearing assembly. Convenient engraved markings on the VTA column ensure reproducibility of any setting.
Like all our models, the Tosca™ offers all the adjustments needed to explore its full potential: VTA is adjusted with a mechanism placed under the bearing assembly that doesn’t require a hole to be bored in the armboard/plinth. For the first time on our models, the azimuth can be very easily adjusted directly at the headshell, which means that any rotation of the system is done in same the plane as the stylus. Anti-skating is of course available, and can be defeated with a simple operation.
As we did with the Kairos™, the Tosca™ has a DIN connector built inside the back of the tonearm base — as system that greatly minimizes the transmission of vibrations to the cable. This allows you to choose between several of the phono cables that we offer separately (DIN-RCA or DIN-XLR), and that were developed specially for the Tosca™.