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Old 23rd January 2013, 04:40 PM   #31
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You can pull the horizontal bearing shaft out of there but honestly, don't! There is no merit in doing it, you'll just have to put it back in again, and getting the bearings sitting right and loaded correctly is a pain. Take care when you put the nut back on. If you over-tighten it you'll lock up the bearings.

Similarly, just leave the spring and dial assembly where it is. Just cover it in masking tape while you're stripping the arm. It's a lot easier than taking it out and leaves the bearings undisturbed. As it is you can put the tube back in the yolk and the bearings should still be set ok.
ok sounds good
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Old 27th January 2013, 05:42 PM   #32
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well guys i've been working on my arm this weekend and here is where it stands as of now sunday.
after i had stripped off the paint, i was shocked to see how rough the casting was.
i started with 100 g paper to 200 then 400 then 800 and lastly 1000.
it's starting to come around but i want to polish it more.

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Old 27th January 2013, 11:37 PM   #33
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Looking good :0)

The best way to get it really shiny is to use a buffing wheel and liquid polish. You can get it looking like chrome that way.

Toothpicks and bits of credit card are good for flicking the paint out of the holes and slots, don't use anything metal or you'll scratch the tube, it's quite soft. Just slap on more paint stripper to demoralise the paint and it'll fall off.

Talking of the metal being soft, be really careful with the finger lift. If you put much pressure on that it''ll break off, it's only cast. A lot of people accidentally break them off while messing with the arm.

Don't forget to strip the little support plate for the dial side! ;0)
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Old 28th January 2013, 12:02 AM   #34
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Looks great! MrPig's tip on the lift imo is a rather important one, I've heard this can be an issue too.
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Old 28th January 2013, 12:19 PM   #35
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thanks guys
yes i plan on taking it to 4000 grit first then buff with aluminum polish.
i've read on a rega upgrade site that lots remove the finger lift bar.
are there any sonic improvements in doing so?
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Old 28th January 2013, 04:00 PM   #36
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I've read on a rega upgrade site that lots remove the finger lift bar. Are there any sonic improvements in doing so?
Well put it this way. If you take it off and discover there isn't you're not going to be very happy! ;0)

Personally, there's no way I'd take the finger-lift off. If it does result in an upgrade it has to be a pretty flippin small one and I reckon it'll be far outweighed by the usefulness of the finger-lift. I use it all the time, I never use the lift-lower device. And it might effect resale value too, if that bothers you at all? I wouldn't buy a Rega arm that didn't have the finger-lift.

But it's a personal thing. If you never use the finger-lift and don't care about resale then go for it. Taking it off certainly can't make it sound any worse! ;0)
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Old 28th January 2013, 04:24 PM   #37
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Personally, there's no way I'd take the finger-lift off.
+1. Can't imagine not having one myself.

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Old 28th January 2013, 04:26 PM   #38
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ok thanks guys
i'll keep you all posted
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Old 28th January 2013, 11:26 PM   #39
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hey good news
my order from take five audio came in today. rewiring will be underway

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