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    Default Tonearm for RD11E Superior

    My friend has one of these and his very old Rega R100 ? (s shaped) tonearm needs replacing.

    For those who may not know it , it's sprung like a LP12 but has electronic speed change, and doesn't look much like an LP12. I think there are pics on Vinyl Engine.

    Anyway, I first thought of an RB250 or maybe a used Akito/Ittok

    any recommendations?
    ps budget is peanuts

    thanks

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    Get another Rega R200 and/or have the existing one looked at/re-wired by Audio Origami. If the bias adjuster is still working, then the rest of the arm is actually very good still.

    The RB250/300 and their modified cousins will also drop right in.

    Linn arms won't fit unless you can find a new arm board as the length from pivot to spindle is different to the Regas.
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    The bias is knackered, the counterweight creeps about 5mm each record,
    it just feels like it's about to fall to bits. Shame as it looks great and has a
    detachable headshell.

    I think an RB250 is the most sensible option, he uses a Denon 160 hi MC
    cartridge with should go well together.

    thanks for the reply

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    Shame about the bias adjuster. it is a known weakness in old R200's - the little internal toothed belt on the adjuster snaps. The counterweight is easily dealt with - just gently bend the sprung "locating pin" underneath the counterweight beam outwards a little, to give the counterweight a bit more friction.

    The RB250 should be fine and there are loads of tweaks available for it. Make sure the main turntable bearing is still OK, especially at spindle tip.
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