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Old 10th January 2011, 10:49 PM   #1
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Default Rega R200 - Should I upgrade headshell?

Hi all,

I'm in the process of buying a new cartridge - a Nagaoka MP-110 - for my venerable R200 and the same vendor also sells the Nagaoka magnesium headshell.

I've read a couple of comments over time that this is a worthwhile upgrade from the standard Rega perforated headshell, but I can't remember where, or the credibility of those people.

What do you people think? Is this worthwhile?

I can't comment on the mass difference between the shells, as mine still has the old cart in it. The new one is 14g including cart wires.

Please, no comments about ditching the arm and buying a RB250.

Thanks.

Stuey
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Old 11th January 2011, 12:26 AM   #2
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I can't comment on the mass difference between the shells, as mine still has the old cart in it. The new one is 14g including cart wires.
The stock R200 head-shell appears to weight approx. 7-8 grams, so quite a bit lighter than the Nagaoka.

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Old 11th January 2011, 01:21 AM   #3
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Thanks Jeff; I thought it looked quite a bit lighter. I'll have to look into whether the whole thing will work together, compliance wise.

Hopefully some of the other members can comment on the likelihood of an improvement. I'm assuming there is supposed to be less resonance and probably lower down in frequency, but I'm a bit of a novice with turntable fettling.

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Old 11th January 2011, 03:13 AM   #4
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Hmmm, I'm starting to think it's a bit heavy for the arm. I just weighed the Rega headshell, with the old cart still attached, and it's 14g...

I may give the 'shell a miss.
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Hmmm, I'm starting to think it's a bit heavy for the arm. I just weighed the Rega headshell, with the old cart still attached, and it's 14g...

I may give the 'shell a miss.
If you want to keep mass about the same but get a magnesium headshell,you may be lucky to find a used ADC LMG-1.Just as good as the Nagaoka(Jelco HS20/HS25 actually) and only 7-8gr.Also the Jelco is not 14gr,I think it is 12
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