Sorane (previously Abis) ZA12 transcription tonearm

Sorane tonearms ZA12 transcription tonearm

ZA12 - The purist 12" transcription tone-arm.

The NEW for 2018 ZA12 Transcription Arm takes the strengths of the Sorane SA1.2 tonearm (already recognized as a Class A component) and marry these strengths into a purist 'no compromise' purist tonearm, with a fair price.  

No compromise meant giving up detachable headshells and lengthening the arm for lower tracking error.  

While the ZA12 is 3″ longer than the SA1.2, the total mass of the ZA12 is lower, guaranteeing that the new arm will be compatible with a broader range of high quality cartridges.  And if you want more mass for very low compliance cartridges, you can easily add it.

There is a counter-weight accessory for balancing out very heavy cartridges. 


Whole Length380mm
Effective Length (Tonearm pivot – stylus)322mm
Practical Length (Tonearm pivot – Spindle)310mm
Offset angle16.5°
Height Adjustment(Plinth to arm wand centerline)15 – 55mm
Vertical BearingPivot miniature bearing (Not Pivot Contact)
Horizontal BearingMiniature Radial Bearing
Output plugRCA (XLR : Option)
Output cableSingle core shielded copper
Tonearm Audio Lead wireOFC 4N Copper
Sorane (previously Abis) ZA12 transcription tonearm
Sorane (previously Abis) ZA12 transcription tonearm
Sorane (previously Abis) ZA12 transcription tonearm


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Fidelity Magazine, 1 July, 2019

Twelve-inch tonearms are mostly S-shaped or J-shaped and have a removable headshell. Sorane presents an extravagant exception with the ZA-12.

Stereophile, 20 Feb., 2019

Sorane ZA-12 tonearm 12" and made for moving coil cartridges.

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