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Old 7th May 2012, 09:59 AM   #11
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I often have to use what's around . I put some Bluetak on and a coin to weight it down ( then reset tracking weight ) . 8Hz resonance I was told by Rega is about right . They said the 12 Hz people state is not the best . The arm I speak of has a weight he bought from a guy who was in another chat room ( no idea who ) . It has the 1'2 inch fixings like the cartridge .

For MM Goldring 1042 is good . Goldring used to say have the arm slightly down at the back .

I like the Grado's also .

The old Rega R100 with pull out stylus was good .

Ortofon M20FL also ( VMS 20 ) .
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Old 7th May 2012, 11:53 AM   #12
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My RB250 is far from stock, it has had J7 at AO work his magic, earth mod, rewire with cardas foam fill and rewiwe externally too. At the moment I have a Goldring 1042 MM but my DL-103 is with soundsmith in the states getting the $250 mid range treatment ruby cantilever, it also has an aluminium body swap.

I have a Townshend rock and the extra mass afforded by the outrigger and paddle help with matching the cart and arm. I have had to get an extra heavy counter weight made up too.
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Old 7th May 2012, 12:14 PM   #13
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Hi . My friend has the old Rega weight which I suspect was better . He is thinking to buy the heavy weight .

Moth Marketing Bedford UK used to have a nice VTA adjuster . Not sure they still do business ?

I like the Rock . Use Garrard 401 Naim Aro myself ( and an LP12 )

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Old 7th May 2012, 01:06 PM   #14
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Mine's a RB300, which I did quite a lot of tuning mods, from arm re-wiring, VTF spring removal, permanent earth mod (spring clip no more), stuffing a piece of short hollow brass tubing into a certain section of the tonearm tube to increase the mass, adding weights to the lateral plane, foam in tube, Michell c/w, locknut and all have evolved to be a very very musical, vast improvement from stock and very pleasing to my ears comparing direct to a complete stock and unmodded RB300 (21st century production model mounted on a Rega P3-2000 TT) which I use as a direct comparison.
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Old 7th May 2012, 01:45 PM   #15
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The spring is a good idea . If people want to try it without pulling their arm apart put the RB300 weight dial to maximum then balance the arm with a stylus balance repositioning the counter weight . I think that's right the Rega spring lifts the arm up rather than pushing it it down ? It's a few years since I tried that . I think that is 90% as effective from memory .
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Old 7th May 2012, 03:37 PM   #16
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I think that's right the Rega spring lifts the arm up rather than pushing it it down ? It's a few years since I tried that . I think that is 90% as effective from memory .
I read somewhere or someone claimed the spring is of some benefit, contrary to some thinking its a setback and makes things worse than the RB250. The reasoning was it acts like a car suspension and maintain consistent tracking force on the record.
Come to think of it, he does make sense, along with better and more solid components fitted to the RB300.
Anyhow, my spring is permanently removed and discarded entirely, Thats that, river of no return.
Modding my Rega tonearm was purely a learning curve in attempting and to achieve coming as close to the Linn Ittok and I think I did achieve it to a high degree, both with a the same Denon 103R. All the stuffs and mods I've done to the Rega tonearm should also sum up and weigh as much as a Linn Ittok (about 480grams). The stock Rega is very much lighter less 100+grams than the latter. I've actually got some ideas to implement but should I find its silly economics to fork out more money and machine lathe custom parts, I might as well be patient and buy a Linn Ittok in good nick, then sit back without worries.
Allow me to share a recent mod for you guys to experiment. My ears are open to feedback good or bad.
Its a very cheap mod.
1. Acquire a pair of M10 Allen key machine bolts. Cut/grind off and discard the threaded stud, wanting only the bolt head. You can paint any color you like or leave it as it is.
2. Blue tak (to easily remove them in case its worse sounding and didn't work out) each securely or glue them on(if you think it made an improvement) on each side of the lateral bearing nuts. It'll nicely cup onto the 8mm hex capped nuts on the bearing side.
3 Voila! done! and then sit back and see if you sense anything have improved.
So sorry to all if I've veered off topic from SUT to tonearm.
Cheers.

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Old 7th May 2012, 06:21 PM   #17
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Dual had a spring that did indeed set the weight and kept it constant . I think I am right in saying a Dual will play upside down if the record is glued down and the nasty noises the platter makes tolerated . The down force by gravity on a Dual is 0 g . The spring sets the force . Dual insisted to use mN which is 9.81 times larger . Thus a Denon 103 would track at 24.5 mN . It was said because it would be the same if working on the Moon where gravity is lower because the spring sets the tracking . Not so other turntables . .

I think Rega uses the spring the other way to allow the counter weight to sit nearer the pivot for inertia reasons .

I suspect the slackening I recommended might have a bit of damping which is useful .

Wooden pick up arms are the hi end option . I always fancied sawing a Rega about half way and fitting a wooden section . I have used a Schroeder wooden arm and can confirm it is wonderful .

I have heard the Mitchell Rega with holes drilled in it . Not certain I thought it was better .
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Old 8th May 2012, 04:54 AM   #18
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I have heard the Mitchell Rega with holes drilled in it . Not certain I thought it was better .
Lightening the arm mass would have better compatibility and tuned for MM cartridges, perhaps that was the intention. MC cartridges need a heavier arm, so I've learnt along the way.
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Old 8th May 2012, 09:50 AM   #19
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I was told it was to brake up resonance the drilling of the holes in the Mitchell Rega ( no idea if true ) . I hadn't considered the mass and that's very true also . Mass can always be added , removing it is fraught with problems . It certainly sounds very good that arm , however I wonder if it is the cable mostly . Both the SME and Rega to my ears have a slightly relentless quality which can be tuned out . I suspect like some motorcars they are a bit too ridged and this bounces energy off of the bearings back to the pick up . I have dampened the tube . I wasn't convinced it was that . Funny thing is the Denon 103 R seems fine in the arm yet is considered difficult to set up by some . It sounds like $1000 plus pick up to me when right .

The designer of the arm told me years ago that a piece of very bad logic had got wedged into peoples minds . 12 Hz was selected as an ideal pick up resonance point . The formula is very easy to calculate . The calculated answer was never much like the real one I found . The Ortofon test record was a great way to do it . 8 Hz is very good sonically if the phono stage is strict RIAA and not IEC ( 7980 uS ) . 12 Hz is too close to real music and 6Hz too close to warps .

The other thing I have found to matter is alinement . Alas my eyes are not good so I get a friend who knows what she is doing to make the adjustments .

If anyone wants an approximate method to tackle this please ask . The 78 record had the same maths so the solution was attempted by the two zero's method and won a competition that far back . That man became technical editor of Gramophone magazine after that .

Arc Angles: Optimizing Tonearm Geometry | Stereophile.com

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Old 8th May 2012, 12:26 PM   #20
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Last time I checked my set up I got 8Hz vertical and 10 Hz Azimuth using a 1042.
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