Upgrades can be divided into two arenas, electrical and mechanical. The most popular
upgrade is to the wiring and cables.
The standard internal wire is copper, so the first upgrade we offer is to change
this to single strand silver. The wire is 0.25mm in diameter with both channels being
twisted into pairs.
The better wire is the 0.15mm diameter cryogenically treated silver, with each channel
forming a Litz construction. Positive and negative
Channels are paired in counter-rotating helixes, and then reversed for the second
pair. This way, full advantage is taken of the twisted Litz format. In all, nearly
8 metres of wire is used per arm.
The second upgrade recommended is to change the external cables to the new format
developed for the Omega arm. Here, we extend the internal wires out through the underside
of the arm ( usually by about 200 mm ) and terminate them into a small plastic box
fitted with two female phono connectors.
There are several advantages for doing this. The first one is that the fine internal
wires do not adversely affect the turntable suspension in the same way that the solid
cables do. They remain equally flexible in all directions.
The second significant advantage is that you can then use whatever cables you want
from the tonearm to the phono stage. Is is not uncommon these days for people to
have a specific preference of cable types to suit the rest of the system
The mechanical upgrades fall into two categories, one is the change the specification
of any given arm to a higher grade, and secondly to upgrade specific components within
For example an early Cyalene can be upgraded to the MKII super-Cyalene by changing
counterweights, arm tubes and downforce adjustments.
It is also might be possible to change the bearings for rubies or ceramic balls.
It must be pointed out that a Scorpio 1 cannot be upgraded to a Scorpio 3, they are
two fundamentally different designs, in the same way that an Orion cannot be upgraded
to a Cyalene.