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Old 24th June 2006, 03:08 AM   #1
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Default WTB or WTT for...a Tonearm

HI,

I'm looking to spin some vinyl after a short 15 year hiatus. In my quest for a turntable I found a nice Rega P2 (the NAD one) with a P3 glass platter for a nice price. The unit was not fitted with a tonearm. Now, I know you want me to just buy the Rega arm or something better but finances won't let me do that right off.

So, I'm looking for a 'mediocre' arm that will fit my table for a mediocre price or a trade. I've got some heatsinks and stuff kicking around here I could trade. I notice that you can either get a piece of junk for 20 dollars or spend 300+ for something good. I guess I'm looking for something in between. I promise to buy a good one when the time is right but I'm just looking to get the table working

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If you have access to a milling machine, a unipivot wouldn't be too difficult to knock together in a day or so.
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Thanks Sy,

Yes, I'm gathering parts for a diy arm but to be honest my only reference is a junky Technics a guy gave me yesterday. I don't have a machine shop but I've done some pretty good things on my drill press, tablesaw etc.

Ya know, your probably right, ta heck with the commercial tonearm. Maybe I'll go right to DIY. I just wish I could get a good grasp of the geometry I need to worry about like headshell angle, length, and overhang etc...
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(but still, if someone is looking to get rid of something..let me know )
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EC8010 has put up some excellent posts on diy unipivots. Do some searching, and don't let his machining skills put you off. A ballpoint pen tip makes a great pivot point, and you might even think about using wood for the arm.
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I have a Linn Basik Plus you can have for $40 plus shipping. The spring clip that holds the arm down when not in use had broken so I made one from a 1/8" strip of brass. Works and looks great.
I bought it for a DIY TT project but got a great deal from a buddy on a Basis + Rega 900 that I gave it up.
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dshortt9,

I think you got yerself a deal! does it have a headshell? Please feel free to email me.

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Thanks dshortt9,

Got it! Thanks for the nice packaging and the nice deal...



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