there are kits out there that rewire the tonearm by running the wires on the outside of the arm. I would think this is a good idea by bypassing the old wire and not upsetting the enternal damping of the arm.
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The other advantage of running tone arm wires outside the arm aside from the logistics is that you can minimize the effect of the arm as a dielectric, especially if you are using minimal dielectric wire. I recommend using the thinnest purest solid core wire you can find. I use 46ga. Acrotec 6n copper from Michael Percy Audio. It's VERY thin and hard to work with but worth it, and better than the Cardas IMHO. If you're handy you can do it yourself, but it helps to very carefully sand the tips of the ends with 600 grit sandpaper before trying to tin it.