I think AudioMods is direct replacement for Rega
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If you can get OL, go for it. They all as far as I know use a hard-wired phono lead. That in itself is reason enough to prefer over anything that calls for a separate connection. I am another one very happy with OL.
Also if you read the info Mark Baker has on his site, OL are not fussy about compliance. I never even think about stuff like that with my OL. So nice to be able to just buy the cart that sounds the way you want without having to worry about will it work on your fussy arm. Read all the time and effort guys waste on this one thing and you will be glad you went OL.
Yes, 9" Origin Live arms have exactly the same geometry as the Rega arms. Don't think you can do better for the money. You might be able to mount a used SME IV or V. 9" Schroder arms use the same spindle to pivot distance as Rega arms. But I think a used CB would probably be more than you want to spend if you can even find one.
@smrex13 -I have the Audiomods Classic (series 3) toneam with the beadblast finish and I can confirm it is very easy to install in Raga Turntables
Jeff (Mr..Audiomods) is a great guy and will ensure the arm fits YOUR specific turntable.
I bought it with the Micrometer VTA and the one piece silver harness.- which you can now get with the KLE Innovations Absolute Harmony RCA’s installed
The micrometer VTA is so easy to use and ensures correct alignment
The latest Audiomods models are are even better than the Series 3
Here’s my review
Audiomods "Classic" Tonearm Review | My Audio Alchemy (image99.net)
And here’s my review of the Absolute harmony RCA’s
KLEI Absolute®Harmony RCA Plug - Turntable Review | My Audio Alchemy (image99.net)
Once the arm was installed I gave my Denon DL103 cartridge the Soundsmith treatment
- a ruby cantilever with the O.C. Contact Line diamond
- which was the icing on the cake
From what I am hearing I have no reason to look any further at arms or cartridges - the setup produces extremely fine details and precise imaging
My arm took about 6 weeks to build and a few days to get to Canada, but it was well worth the wait.
BTW - I’ve also applied some other turntable mods to the point where the only things Rega are the motor, ON/OFF switch and the plastic cover.
Turntable Mod’s | My Audio Alchemy (image99.net)
Hope that Helps - Steve
I had not heard of the Audiomods arm. Just got back from his web site. Looks like a lot of arm for the money and it looks nicely made. Assuming the bearings are good and appropriately preloaded I can't think of an arm that would do better at the price. It is not an ultimate arm. It is not a neutral balance arm, VTA will change with elevation. It's vertical bearing is high above the record surface so warp wow will be an issue if records are not perfectly flat. It has no form of damping to keep the bearings from rattling and finally it's anti skating relies on an additional bearing adding friction. Magnetic or spring loaded systems are better. I would like to add that the $50K Sat arm has exactly the same defects meaning it should sound exactly like that arm. Boggles the mind doesn't it? Examples of ultimate offset pivoted arm include the Schroder CB and the Reed 2G
Arms that come close and in reality probably perform at the same level are the Origin Live Enterprise and the Tri-Planar. All of these are way above the OP's price limit.
Rega arm popularity seems to be based on a cult following. I have never really heard one, or their modified off-spring, perform anywhere near the hype.
If you are truly serious about a great-performing arm without all the hype, try to find a Jelco TK-850 (if you can find one; BIG "IF"). Get an Easy VTA base. Makes changing cartridges much less painless.