Durand Tonearms Balancing nature and technology

(photo Michael Cole © 2010)


  • Effective length: 263 mm (10.35”)
  • Pivot-spindle distance: 247.37 mm (Loefgren A geometry). Because the pivot is offset from the VTA tower, the Talea™ can be mounted in the position of a 9” tonearm
  • Overhang: 15.66 mm. Effective length fine adjustment is realized with a cartridge plate on which the cartridge is mounted
  • Offset angle: 20.81 degrees
  • Mounting distance (from spindle): 207.8-220.2 mm (8.3-8.7”). If you want to make sure that the Talea™ will fit on your turntable, you can download a mounting template here (click on tab “Talea™ Mounting Templates”).
  • Mounting hole dimensions: 10-24 (metal screws) or #8 (wood screws). Mounting on the plinth/armboard is done with 2 bolts (for metal armboards) or 4 screws (for wood armboards). No large central hole needs to be bored
  • Weight of the whole assembly: ca. 2.3 lbs (1.04 kg)
  • Cartridge mount: 1/2”
  • Bearing: Unipivot, Swiss-made non-corrosive, non-magnetic stainless steel pivot in a sapphire jewel
  • VTA: on the fly fine adjustment, with knob; each turn of the knob corresponds to 0.5 mm change in height, thanks to an extremely precise 50 TPI thread (finer than micrometer thread). Maximum range: 23 mm. The VTA tower is fastened to the inner column with a clamp mechanism, ensuring maximum mating and rigidity between the parts. This system is vastly superior to the common set screw (and also superior to the three-set screw system of the 1st generation Talea).
  • Azimuth: adjustable on the fly (patent-pending technology)
  • Progressive and adjustable anti-skating mechanism
  • Counterweights: 130 g, 95 g, 60 g; with additional fine adjust weight to allow adjustment of VTF in small increments (typically +/- 0.1 g). The Talea™ is a medium mass tonearm, and the combination of counterweights provided with it allows use of most cartridges currently available. The Talea™ has been tested successfully with cartridges from 5 to 15 grams, with compliance from 8 to 20 µm/Mn
  • Phono cable uninterrupted from cartridge clips to termination connectors (available in unbalanced and balanced configuration); see below
  • Jig to set the pivot-to-spindle distance provided; no need for a ruler, the jig places the tonearm exactly in the right position
  • Arc protractor included

To ensure excellent protection and durability, the main metal parts are black
nickel plated.


The Talea™ is supplied with the high quality Discovery Plus 4 phono cable (four conductors, twin shields and locking phono plugs); length: four feet. All Discovery cables utilize a patented reverse lay stranding technique; this proprietary method of stranding eliminates EMI within each conductor. The cable is made up of high purity oxygen-free copper and PFA Teflon (the highest grade on the market) dielectric. Available in unbalanced or balanced configuration.
More details and reviews on the Discovery phono cable at: Discovery Cable™


The Talea™ is entirely made by hand in the USA; in fact it's all made in the Seattle region...

... from conception...
DURAND TONEARMS Talea II proto small

... to production.

(photo Michael Cole © 2010)


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