Try contacting someone at www.soundorg.com - they are the US distributor of Rega products. Steve or Chad will be happy to answer your questions. They have been very helpful to me in the past
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Supposedly the RB-1000 tonearms are meticulously assembled and there are only 2 trained technicians that do this. The bearings are also supposedly of higher quality. I have never disassmbled either of these arms to verify this. The RB-1000 is polished rather than painted and has metal pieces that replace the plastic pieces on the RB-700.
I cannot say anything about performance between the 2 arms since I have never compared them side by side but I do own 2 RB-700 arms and they are quite good for the money.
I think Nigel Tufnel and Marty DiBergi had a discussion about this very topic:
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's three-hundred better isn't it? It's not the RB700. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing with their RB700. Where can you go from there? Where?