A hobby that turned into an obsession
Story has all the elements of which High Dreams are made. Its
designer, Leif Häggmark has been importing into Sweden and
marketing ARC, Krell, Sonus Faber, Audio Physic, Wilson, Nordost,
Lyra, Magneplanar, Gamut and Theta.
In 1983 he found himself so
frustrated with the sound of available tonearms that he started
working on one himself. The result was the Airtangent 1, (in 1986),
the granddaddy of the subsequent designs – the 1B, the 1C,
the 2, the 2B, the 2C, the 10B and the cost-no-object designs
the Reference and the 2002.
With the original arm, it was a familiar story. Leif: “Some
friends heard it and ordered it. Some of their friends heard it…and
so on.” There was a favorable review; the word spread underground
among the audio cognoscenti.
Then, in 1987, Leif put the
arm into regular production. Clearly a handcrafted product, only
a limited number of each model was ever made. Each model, and
particularly the 2002, can be considered one of those very rare,
Achilles Chroneos, August