Originally Posted by Paul Graham
Well after some more reading etc...
I think the RB300 will be the arm for me and Its in budget as long as I hunt the web.
I will also pop into my local hi fi shop and see if they can order one in.
I might keep an eye on the second hand shops too.
only last month they had a linn model in, the deck looked a shambles but the tonearm looked solid.
As for carts - I think Im going to invest in the 2m first and see how I like the sound of it.
Im also toying with the idea of a Grado cart.
Apart from that I'll try different platters and mats etc until I get the sound thats right for me.
I haven't read every post in this lengthy thread however I will add a few comments.
If you are looking to buy RB300 second-hand then I recommend checking out eBay in the UK. Rega turntables and arms come up there all the time and they are often very cheap because these turntables are so common in the UK.
You will find that the RB250 is just as good as the RB300, I don't think anyone could tell the difference between them.
Rega arms have been the subject of modifications for many years. The most common being recabling. If I were buying a second-hand Rega arm I would avoid the modified arms because the modifier may have damaged the arm while modifying it, and in any case none of these alternative cables improves the sound quality of the arm. The standard cable with the Rega arms looks rather cheap and is microphonic, but it is absolutely fine at its job and does not need replacing.
Goldring make a cartridge which works really superbly with the Rega arm. It is a medium compliance moving magnet cartridge and comes in four variants. The difference between each variant is simply the stylus.
You will see them down at the bottom of this web page at the Goldring website. The model numbers are:
You can buy the cheapest, the 1006 and then upgrade to the 1042 at a later stage simply by changing the stylus.
These cartridges really do produce great reproduction, they are very lively and they go so well with the Rega arms because the Rega arms have only one real flaw in that they can be just a little bit lacking in zest.
Edited by p a t r i c k - 1/15/13 at 11:10am