As Ted Kendall finally was able to explain, the tone arm Stanton offered
as an option was not a "straight LINE" tracking device, it was a PIVOTED
straight arm without an S-bend.  Haven't any of you seen a modern DJ
turntable with a straight unbent arm? This is what one looks like: 

Read ALL of what I wrote in my original posting without the clipping:

From: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
 >> Why would the straight arm be skip proof? joe salerno
 > It helps in the back-cueing that DJs do. The force is pushing
 > back on the arm, and is less likely to jump grooves during back
 > than an S-shaped arm. Unless you back-cue, you are better off with
 > S-shaped arm.

It is a "straight" arm, not a "straight line" device. 

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask] 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Straight Line Tracking was Stanton Turntable
From: Ted Kendall <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, December 15, 2011 12:09 pm
To: [log in to unmask]

On 15/12/2011 16:23, Aaron Levinson wrote:
> Goran-
> Based on this reasoning isn't that why the linear tracking tonearm was 
> arguably the truest playback system of all?
> AA
> On 12/15/11 9:10 AM, Goran Finnberg wrote:
>> Mike Biel:
>>> Unless you back-cue, you are better off with the
>>> S-shaped arm.
>> The straight arm gives less wow and flutter.
>> Also it gives less distortion as the S-shaped arm cannot be adjusted 
>> to have
>> more than two points of distortion minima and all other places are the
>> tracking distortion much higher.
>> Furthermore a bent arm creates the need for anti skate adjustment. 
>> Without
>> it the right channel will distort much earlier than the left channel.
>> Also the cartridge stereo channel separation will become nonsymmetrical
>> without anti-skate adjustment.
>> So on.
>> Straight line is always better in all respects as it mimics the way 
>> the disk
>> was cut.
Of course a linear track arm is the nearest approach to the path of the 
cutter, but this is not present in the Stanton turntables under 
discussion. The point at issue is the difference between a straight 
pivoted tonearm without offset, which is a geometrical abomination only 
of use to scratchers, and a pivoted arm with the necessary offset for 
minimum tracking error, obtained in the Stanton case by use of an S 
shaped arm.