Shure Models M16 and M12 Studio Dynetic Phono Reproducer

FAQ #5061 Updated April 06, 2017

Question:

Please provide history on the Shure M16 and M12 tone arms.

Answer:

The M16 and M12 were introduced in March 1957 at the Institute of Radio Engineers national convention.  The M16 was for records up to a 16" diameter; the M12 was for records up to a 12" diameter. Either tone arm could be supplied with the M1 phono cartridge - for monaural LP records; or the M2 phono cartridge - for 78 RPM records.

From a Shure memo dated February 12, 1957:
"In this reproducer we have attempted to incorporate every desirable feature requested by critics and engineers. For example, full range frequency response of 30,000 cycles per second -- the pivots are jeweled for maximum sturdiness and minimum friction -- the arm is fully damped through the use of dynamic damping -- high output is provided without the use of transformers -- the arm is extremely stable and intended for operation at 1 gram -- it is almost impossible to damage the pickup or record by careless handling."

1957 Pricing
M16: $79.50  with M1 or M2 cartridge
M12: $79.50  with M1 or M2 cartridge
M1: $42   LP cartridge
M2: $42  78 RPM cartridge
N1: $21  LP 0.0007" diameter spherical stylus 
N2: $21  78 RPM 0.0027" diameter spherical stylus   

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