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User manual for Opera T1288 tonearm

Package contents

The consonance T988/T1288 tonearm is delivered in specially designed packaging to ensure its safe transport. Please check the contents as shown in picture below and in the list at the bottom of this page:

1.Carbon fibre arm T1288-1
2. Counterweight
3. Tonearm base
4. Tonearm lift
5. Headshell
6. Anti-skate weight
7. RCA connector
8.Oil  (optional. Note: oil is not allowed for airmail)
9.1.5mm allen wrench
10.3mm allen wrench
11.Cartridge alignment gauge





2. T988 and T1288 tonearm mounting
These are general principle. Please refer to the turntable manufacturer´s user manual.

1. Fitting and connecting the cartridge. All cartridge with half inch mounting holes can be fitted. Do not tighten the nuts yet.Connect the tonearm wire to the cartridge pins as

2. Make sure that the distance from the spindle to the pivot point of the tonearm is exactly 290mm for the T1288. When moving the armboard in one direction or another you can locate the correct armboard position, a ruler is included in helping in proper setup adjustment.

3. In this picture you must secure the tonearm cable connection using the supplied 1.5mm allen wrench. After you place the connection inside the hole in the tonearm base use the allen wrench to tighten the allen screw, located on the side of the base.

4. As illustrated T1288-4AT1288-4Buse the silicon oil in the syringe and place a few drops, enough to cover the bearings, inside the tonearm bearing well. Then place the tonearm on the bearing well making sure that the ‘male’ part of the bearing is sitting in the ‘female’  bearing. 



5. In the next step, simply connect the two audio wire connectors making sure they are proper connected.



6. Slide the counterweight on the shaft of the tonearm.Lock the weight in its position by tightening the screws in the weight. This isonly a temporary fixed position, the final adjustment will be done during cartridge installation.

T1288-5 T1288-6

7. Mount your cartridge according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Align cartridge for overhang (16mm)and offset angle



8. Use the scale to set tracking force (see cartridge instructions for recommended tracking force range). Adjusting trackingforce is accomplished by moving the weight towards or
away from the pivot point on the shaft.

9. Align cartridge for overhang (16mm)and offset angle using the Consonance Cartridge alignment gauge. Once done, re-check tracking force.


10. Feed the anti-skate weight through the anti-skate support wand and secure it to one of the three locations (according to the anti-skating adjustment for your cartridge) on the shaft at the top of the tonearm bell.


Note: The anti-skating force is adjusted according to the mass of the cartridge as follows:

T1288’s downforce: 8-11mN,12-14mN,15mN and bigger(Groove in the stub 1 st, 2st, 3st from bearing rings).

When tightening the counter-weight, insurethat the weight is perfectly vertical otherwise this may affect your cartridges azimuth settings.

11. VT1288-10TA adjustments are accomplished by adjusting the two large washers on the bottom of the threaded tonearm base shaft. Beforeyou place the tonearm through the arm base hole make sure one of the threaded washers is already in place. After placing the the tonearm through the base, screw the second one onto the bottom of the shaft. Make the proper adjustments (first by hand) to reach the proper vertical tracking position then use the 3mm allen T1288-11wrench to help make a tighter secure fit. After this use the 3mm allen wrench to tighten the screws located around the edge of the threaded washers. Be careful not too tighten these screws too much. Just make sure they are properly secure so that the washers don’t become lose over time.

12. offset adjustments are facilitated through the small (3 mm) allen screw on the top where the headshell connects with the arm.  

13.In  addition, if you want more damping, place as muchdamping oil as you desire in the large tonearm oil cup. The amount of oil is up to your personal taste. Experimentation is necessary.



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More about MediaTwist ® Cat6 Cable



Belden’s patented bonded pair technology has always been a cornerstone of stable electrical performance. With Media Twist, Belden taken pair technology a step further. Through Belden’s unique crescent shape design, each pair is “locked” into place. This ensures that pair-to-pair movement is greatly minimized during the installation process. This equates to stable crosstalk and impedance before and, even more important, after installation.

This improved performance allows MediaTwist to support not only data standards, such as 10baseT, 100baseT, ATM, and Gigabit Networking, but also be used for non-data applications   such as analog or digital audio, analog or digital video, machine control, even broadband   applications.



Here is our recent test result in 2014.

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Catalog (RCA interconnect cable)



Ultimate RCA Interconnect – Direct Contact CCC (pair)

A revolutionary design, the ultimate RCA interconnect. This cable uses a 3mm continuous cast copper as its signal + wire and also as the hot pin of the RCA connector; there is no loss in signal transfer from the connector. The dream cable: no connectors. A must for those seeking the absolute.

Because of the stiffness, customers are requested to add 8″ (20cm) extra on their required lengths.

Continuous cast copper is also employed in the return path and is constructed in a helical structure.

Length: 0.75 meter


CCC WBT Interconnect (pair)

An upgraded version of the high energy X10 IC in continuous cast copper.
For single ended version, WBT connectors are employed.
For balanced version, Neutric connectores are employed.
Length :
1M US$300/PAIR including postage
1.5M US$400/PAIR including postage
2.0 M US$500/PAIR including postage
(for balance configuration, add US$50)

$250 per 1 meter pair

SMX1_1-600x600Dynamic interconnect (pair)

An extraordinary dynamic interconnect. The emphasis on speed, punch, wideband performance — making it one of the most interesting interconnects, particularly for Jazz music. This is a very linear cable..

The cable is composed of 1.8mm² and 2.5mm² copper cable. Magnetic grounding is incorporated for noise reduction. It does not magnetize over long period of uses, only gets better and better. The cable is shielded with aluminium foils and RF rejection coating.

$100 for a pair of 1 meter cable. Maximum length is 10 m.

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Catalog (signal cable and speaker cable)



2mm Teflon Served AND Sheathed Small Signal Shielded Cable

This cable has a teflon cover over silvered copper braid and 2 signal wires, also teflon served and silvered high purity copper. Only 2mm total diameter and even though it is teflon, easy to manage. We supply this as standard on our phono and EZ Linestage pre. Sound is smooth and detailed with no edginess. Only 2mm OD. signal wires are 2 x 0.6mm

$1.5 per foot


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10652Gotham 10652 small signal cable

Sound is more detailed compare to 10404.

$2.15 per meter

1 = Jacket: PVC, Ø 4.5mm, purple
2 = Foil shield: PVC-coated aluminiumfoil
3 = Drain wire: 0.4mm tinned copper wire
4 = Stabilisation: PE foil
5 = Cord (2): PVC-strand 1.3mm, quad twisted with conductors
6 = Insulation: Foam-skin PE, 1.3mm diameter, red and white
7 = Conductor: Solid tinned copper wire, 0.5mm (0.19 mm²)

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G10404otham 10404 small signal cable

Sounds warmer than 10652

$2.7 per meter

1 = Jacket: PVC, Ø 5.4 mm 
2 = Shield No. 1 Bare copper wires (0.10 mm) 100% coverage 
3 = Shield No. 2: Bare copper wires (0.10 mm) 100% coverage 
4 = Separation PVC, Ø 3.1 mm, white tube
5 = Insulation PVC, white and brown Ø 1.2 mm, wrapped, twisted pair 
6 = Conductor: Stranded bare copper wires 48 x 0.07 mm (0.20 mm²)

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Gotham 54025 High Flexible Speaker Cable (4 x 2.5 mm²)

Four stranded bare copper wires structure designed for bi-wiring. Each stranded wire is made of 140 oxygen-free copper (OFC) wire to provide 2.50mm² cross-sectional area for maximum flexibility. PVC is flame-retarded PVC (IEC 60332-3). Very low conductor resistance : less than 0.0073ohm per meter.

Note: The while PVC in tube center is filling material.

Cable dimension: 9.6mm diameter

$10 per meter

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Litz-shielded-stranded speaker cables kit (3 meter pair) with silver banana plugs (8pcs)

Sounds better than $1xxx cable. It’s easy to solder but be patient to open 64 jackets!! Result is saving lots of money and having very good sounding speaker cables.

$299 for a kit or $349 for assembled set.

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Shipping $8 by post office registered airmail

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Catalog (sleeving and piping)


teflon-pipingTEFLON PIPING – below shows internal size, price per meter.

  • 30g (∅0.25mm)$0.25
  • 24g (∅0.5mm) $0.4
  • 20g (∅0.8mm) $0.6
  • 18g (∅1mm) $0.75
  • 0~1g (∅8mm) $11


heat shrink


∅2.5mm , 3mm, 5mm, 6mm. 12mm, 18mm. $0.25 to $1.8 per 20cm







Can fit 4 x 2mm wires. $0.89 per meter




copper-sleeving-braidCopper braided sleeving

material : tinned copper

4mm wide when it’s flat. $3 per feet




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Catalog (Silver or copper wires)



SILVER WIRE – high purity soft-annealed ideal for DIY project

∅0.25mm for tonearm, headphone or phono signal. $2.5 per meter of silver wire AND teflon piping

∅0.5mm for hookup wiring, interconnect cable or speaker cable. $9 per meter AND teflon piping

∅1.0mm for ground wiring or power wiring. $20 per meter AND teflon piping


COPPER WIRE – high purity soft-annealed with teflon

∅0.45mm is $0.6 per meter

∅1.2mm is $1.2 per meter


copper-cccCCC WIRE – enamel-coated CCC wire with teflon piping, ideal for audio links and audio ground connections in projects

∅8.1mm, $3 per meter