GrooveMaster II

12" Transcription Tonearm

The GrooveMaster II Maximum Use of High Quality Engineering...

The Audio Creative GrooveMaster II 12" transcription tonearm is a result of long time building, testing tweaking and listening...

A Master of Analog Playback

The genesis of the GrooveMaster II lies in the 1950’s. In those days, high quality playback equipment was needed for mastering engineers, recording studios, music executives, broadcast networks, and wealthy connoisseurs. Previous equipment could not play back microgroove records without introducing massive noise and damaging the vinyl. The "transcription record player", as we think of it, came into existence.

These "transcription record players" allowed for high fidelity playback of microgroove vinyl. This equipment was meant to last a lifetime, and and was built with little regard for expense. The GrooveMaster II is developed according to the same standards as these classics.

The GrooveMaster II can be used in combination with many turntables. Obviously, the arm is designed to give amazing results when used with transcription turntables like the Garrard 301 and 401, and Thorens TD124. But the arm will be a great partner for many turntables, old and new. 

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Artisan Garrard 301

Kondo Ginga

Garrard 401

Platine  Verdier

Dr Feickert Analogue 'Firebird'

Read Art Dudley's review in Stereophile

Audio Creative GM-II

The GrooveMaster II Maximum Use of High Quality Engineering...

The Audio Creative GrooveMaster II 12" transcription tonearm is a result of long time building, testing tweaking and listening...

The GrooveMaster II is a heavyweight, with an effective mass of approximately 22 grams. It can hold low to medium compliance cartridges up to 20 µm/mN. It is a natural partner for low compliance cartridges, like the DL103 and Ortofon SPU.

Development of the GrooveMaster II - 60 Years of Lessons

In our research to develop the GrooveMaster II tonearm, we kept a few things in mind: How were classic tonearms designed? How did they determine what improvements were needed? Were those improvements successful? What measurements did the engineers make? Did they limit themselves due to materials? Did they limit themselves based on manufacturing technologies available in the '50s? All analog equipment is built on the backs of giants. Most lessons have already been learned by the great engineers of the past, though many of those lessons are forgotten with time and "new technology". In the 21st century, some things can be done faster, much more accurately, using better machine tools, on higher grade materials. With this in mind, and many hours of building, tweaking, listening, redesign, and more listening, the Audio Creative GrooveMaster II was born.

A Master of Analog Playback

Groovemaster II - An Eye to Detail and - High Precision

The Audio Creative GrooveMaster II 12" transcription tonearm is manufactured with utmost precision, using the best components available. The vertical bearing housing is cut from billet stainless steel. The vertical bearing is a high precision, hybrid ceramic, roller bearing, conforming to ABEC-7 specifications. The tolerance of ABEC-7 bearings is 0.0025 mm.

Precision Ceramic Bearing to ABEC-7 specs

The horizontal bearing is positioned in the GrooveMaster II top housing, where hybrid ceramic bearings are also used. The horizontal bearing is angled to 17,11 degrees, which matches the offset angle of the tonearm curve. Many older arms did not have matching offset angles at the bearing, which caused constantly changing azimuth. When cartridges only had spherical tips, and played only mono records, this wasn't a big problem. However, any type of elliptical, or more advanced stylus, playing a stereo record, must have stable azimuth. With matching offset angle at the bearing, the azimuth angle is stable.

All parts are CNC machined with utmost precision, using high grade aluminium and stainless steel.

All materials used in the GrooveMaster II are the highest grade. The bearing housing, as well as counterweights, are made of stainless steel. The counterweights are sanded, then passivated, to insure a long lasting, beautiful finish.

The GrooveMaster II is hand built and tested, with utmost attention to detail, by Audio Creative in the Netherlands. It takes over 2 days to build and test one GrooveMaster II before it leaves our shop. Parts are produced locally, by master machinists, on CNC equipment, using modern tooling, in a climate controlled shop, and the machinists are well paid for their efforts. They care about quality!

GrooveMaster II - The Connections.

Tonearm Wire

Pure Silver Tonearm Cable

We offer pure silver tonearm cable for the GrooveMaster II. This tone arm wire contains 4 twisted solid core 99.99% silver wire insulated with Nylon/PU. It is custom made for Audio Creative. The Silver wire is flexible, thin and very light. Soundwise we think it is the best tonearm wire for the GrooveMaster II

silver tonearm cable

A High Grade Headshell Collet for a Special Tonearm

The headshell connector/collet is a completely new design developed by Audio Creative. Instead of the commonly used SME headshell connector, the GrooveMaster II headshell connector is sturdier, with a more solid grip to mount heavier cartridges such as the Ortofon SPU series. Contacts are silver/gold plated for reliable, low resistance, low-noise connections to the cartridge.

A High Grade Tonearm Cable Connector

The Audio Creative GrooveMaster II 12" transcription tonearm comes with a Custom made PTFE 5-pin Phono connector. 

Audio Quest Cougar: a perfect partner for the GrooveMaster II


GrooveMaster II - Special Options

GrooveMaster II Titanium


Now for something truly rare. We have developed a Titanium GrooveMaster II tonearm tube. It is heavier than aluminium tube, and is specially designed for low compliance cartridges up to 20 µm/mN. The GrooveMaster II Ti will give you more space, detail and control over your music. Titanium has many benefits. It is more resistant to damage, is 60% denser than aluminium, but more than twice as strong as aluminum, with greater rigidity. The Titanium arm wand comes standard with the GrooveMaster.


Good day, I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying the GrooveMaster2 (for SPU type A) 12' tone arm I recently purchased.
I am a long term SPU enthusiasts. I purchased my 1st SPU in 1988 (new, made for the Asian market). I used a Ortofon 297 arm (again, new, made for the Asian market) until the bearings began to decline about 2010. I have been looking for a quality replacement for a long time. Prior to installing the GrooveMaster2 I was using a Alfred Bokrand AS-309, which was a good sounding, reasonably priced arm. Your arm is more costly but, in today's market, has to be considered reasonably priced as well.
The quality of the build is fantastic. The set up instructions are easily understood and implemented. I like that one tool is all you need for all required adjustments (and it's included). The arm lock down device is genius in it's simplicity and effectiveness.  What I am most enthused about is that the arm's sound seems (to me at least) to really highlight the strengths of the SPU (a kind of musically engaging vividness without any area calling extra attention to itself). For those "old timers" (like myself) who feel an aluminum arm tube with copper wires is the preferred approach, I want to say, the GM2 with titanium arm and silver wire will have you rethinking your prejudices ! Your representative in the USA (Phillip Holmes) answered all my inquires before purchase. I had asked about a type A option prior to your making one available and for all intents and purposes he had to go thru the sales process twice, which he did with not a hint of impatience.


Mark,  US


GrooveMaster II Sliding Base

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The GrooveMaster-II diameter of the vertical bearing is 20.50 mm. It is exactly the same diameter of SME tonearms.The GrooveMaster II comes with a solid mounting collar. This mounting collar and will fit Jelco configuration. No need to drill separate holes when you are using a Jelco tonearm. We also do supply an optional GrooveMaster II sliding base. With this sliding base, a correct set-up of the GrooveMaster II will be very easy. The GrooveMaster II sliding base can replace an SME sliding base. It has the same dimensions and mounting holes. No extra drilling is needed. Mounting hole for the Mounting collar is 30 mm.

The GrooveMaster sliding base as well as the mounting collar is available in both GrooveMaster II matching colors: Coal Black and Satin silver.


GrooveMaster II Custom Tonearm Lift

The tonearm lift is also custom made. This high quality lift stands out in his classic looks. The solid stainless handle is a replica of a fifties classic design. It has beautiful  mat finish and matches the tonearm perfectly. 

GrooveMaster II Combination Deals

We can offer special deals on Audio Quest tonearm cables if ordered in combination with the GrooveMaster II. Ask for the possibilities.

We can offer discounts on Ortofon SPU cartridges if ordered in combination with the GrooveMaster II. Ask for the possibilities.

GrooveMaster II Features

The GrooveMaster II Keeps you Listening

Most importantly, how does the GrooveMaster II sound? That is very subjective of course. You should check our customer's reviews: what they think of the sound of the GrooveMaster II. You will find glowing comments on the GrooveMaster II from happy owners. A satisfied listener is music to Audio Creative!

The GrooveMaster II Defines the Art of Sound

The GrooveMaster II has control over the cartridge, providing the stable interface the cartridge needs, with minimal degradation of electrical signal, with minimal resonance, with minimal bearing noise, displaying a full-bodied sound that captures the fundamental dynamics of music, while bringing out the finest instrumental detail. The GrooveMaster II defines the art of sound. Playing records with the GrooveMaster II is very addictive. We love the combination of the GrooveMaster II with the Ortofon SPU cartridges. As they say: a match made in heaven.

Defining the Art of Sound - GrooveMaster II

"Hear what our customers say " Testimonials

Hello Marco
I have had the groovemaster up and running on my newly rebuilt thorens 124. I don’t have the money for the Miyajima cart/Ortofon SPU  I was plan to use on it yet. But got a Denon DL103 to play with.  But upon hearing the quality I did some comparisons to my VPI Fatboy uni pivot. So while your arm is gimble and the VPI is a uni the sounds are different but the quality of the GrooveMaster II is equal the VPI wich retails for 5200$. My Kiseki Purple Heart is now on the GrooveMaster II/Thorens TD124 table. It is wonderful! The extension is almost as far as the VPI, but the bottom is more solid and there is better slam. The VPI is more ethereal up top but with your arm I hear more separation of individual stings when chords are played and there may be more body or a fuller sound. And the timbre  is great! It is overall a better arm matching or bettering the 2.5x more expensive VPI in all areas, except airiness in the upper treble. I am really happy. And wanted to thank you much for helping me with all my questions. I get nervous about buying HiFi gear I cannot hear first. But this was a great purchase I am thrilled. And it sounds much better than the price would suggest the bearings seem especially well made. So for now until I get the carts I had planned to run with this arm/table I’ll keep the Kiseki on it and relegate the Denon to the VPI. 

 James, US


Peter,  Canada

The new Audio Creative 12'' Banana arm mounted to our reference turntable the Verdier Platine. The magnetic anti skate is really well thought out and executed and sonically it far outperforms the SME 3012. Actually this could well be the best sounding detachable head shell tonearm I've used.

Jack,  UK

Just to let you know I installed the Groovemaster on my PTP Lenco75 and it sounds fantastic, a huge step up from the 12” Jelco I had before. More bass, more impact, great imaging. I’m very pleased. Cheers!


Peter,  Canada

"this could well be the best sounding detachable head shell tonearm I've used..."

GrooveMaster II - “Specification 

Specification

  • Ultra low friction Semi-Ceramic bearing
  • Pure Silver Tonearm Wire
  • Custom Tonearm Lift
  • Custom Headshell Connector
  • Custom 5 pin Tonearm Cable Connector
  • Titanium tonearm tube 

Technical

9" GrooveMaster II

  • Mounting Distance Pivot to Spindle 229,0 mm
  • Offset Angle: 22,35 degr.
  • Overhang: 16,80 mm
  • Effective Length: 245,80 mm
  • Effectieve Mass Titanium Toneamr: 22 g.
  • Advisable Cartridge Compliance < 20 µm/mN

10" GrooveMaster II

  • Mounting Distance Pivot to Spindle 254,0 mm
  • Offset Angle: 20,26 degr.
  • Overhang: 15,0 mm
  • Effective Length: 269,0 mm
  • Effectieve Mass Titanium Toneamr: 24 g.
  • Advisable Cartridge Compliance  < 20 µm/mN

12" GrooveMaster II

  • Mounting Distance P2S 304,75mm or 290,0 mm.
  • Offset Angle: 17,11 degr.
  • Overhang: 12,82 mm
  • Effective Length: 317,57 mm
  • Effectieve Mass Titanium Toneamr: 29 g.
  • Advisable Cartridge Compliance  < 20 µm/mN

Yesterday mounted the GrooveMaster on my Micro Seiki. Thanks to the custom base Marco supplied, everything fits perfectly. That is what goord service is about! The GrooveMaster is looking very good and weel made. The tonearm fits my Koetsu cartridge perfectly.



Felix,  The Netherlands

My PTP project is progressing slow, but now it is time to finish. The Groovemaster arrived and with opening the box a big 'WOW' was heard. This tonearm is impressive and I have been looking for a long time for a tonearm lijke this. The Dutch caftmanship and the excellent communication with Marco pulled me over. It is tonearm without bling bling, just as I like it.


John,  Germany

GrooveMaster II Colors

GrooveMaster II in the press


Silver Grey

Silver Grey is a beautiful neutral color which will fit all record players.



Coal Black

Coal Black: a beautiful contrast with the silver coloured elements.


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INSTRUCTION  MANUAL 

Instruction Manual
GrooveMaster II
Mounting Sjablone
GrooveMaster II

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