The poor quality captive phono cable is a feature of Regas before the 25, unhappily. Grade cartridges are known to hum with Rega turntables: I had that combo, and they do in the inner grooves, so Grado-Rega is a particularly poor match, alas. The arm can be rewired--do a Google search for "HeavyWeight" and you'll get an email address for Express Machining, or some such name. Incidentally, the HeavyWeight is a VERY worthwhile upgrade, IMHO. I'm pretty sure it can go on the 250 arm, but it's a special version that does. I wouldn't worry about no separate ground wire unless you get hum. In two Rega turntables, I'm free of it, vindicating the designer's idea that a third wire is unnecessary.
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