Audiomods Classic II. The British designer/builder uses the best Rega arm tube (only), machining all the other parts himself.
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I have mounted both on my Sl1200mk3 with custom armboards. Yes, the Jelco just looks and feels like a better made product. It tracks well and works great with MC carts. I love mine. The RB250 is not very adjustable, mounting and aligning is more of a PITA but with right cart, it sounds fantastic, even with the stock cable. Something like a 2m blue or older Shure carts that I have. So, it all depends on the carts you want to use really.
Btw, replacing the Jelco mounting collar is a must. If you tighten the set screw on the stock collar, the arm pillar will tilt and the stylus will not follow your desired alignment arc no matter what! Easy to spot by placing a spirit level on top of the fluid reservoir cap.
@invictus005 What is your cartridge and turntable? Not sure how anyone can recommend a tonearm like that. If you’re looking for inexpensive tonearm with superb build quality (vta on the fly etc) check for vintage Victor 7045 in perfect condition (under $600) and ingnore modern Rega and Jelco. This Victor 7045 tonearm is amazing and easy to use (one of my favorite). Jelco is for MC cartridges and higher mass btw. Rega is the ugliest tonearm ever made (imo) !
The "key words" you have mentioned are all about the cartridge first. I would ingone the MC cartridges (just a waste of money). The Victor 7045 tonearm with decent MM cartridge (like Victor X1, X1II or AT-ML170) simply killing most of the MCs.
It doesn't work that way. I mean if you stick an AT440MLA on either tonearm, you are not going to get midbass bloom.
As for the collar, yes the stock one does not cause severe problems and is fine for most people. However, if you try to print out and use an arc protractor, you cannot trace the arc well because the arm pillar is not vertical. May or may not be audible to you but what I say can be easily verified.
Another vote for the Jelco. It is so much more versatile. Interesting comments about the collar. I have no problem with my Sumiko Premier MMT made by Jelco; but I did see it with an Audioquest PT-9 version of the 250 and my Linn Bask LVX. I bought This:
for the PT-9; which I no longer have, and it won't fit the Linn. If anyone is interested, PM me.