Tonearm recommendations under $1500


Hi everyone,

Hope that you are all doing well.  I was hoping to get some input from vinyl veterans on a tonearm upgrade.  I have an Acoustic Signature Wow XL table, and I bought it with the TA-700 tonearm.  I used that for a couple of years, and then I switched to the Rega RB330 with the upgraded Incognito wiring about a year ago.  I have to say that I've been disappointed overall with the Rega arm.  Admittedly, it's more user-friendly than the Acoustic Signature arm, and my mounting hardware on the table has enough adjustability that I raise/lower the VTA as needed.  However, the Rega arm has a sort of glassy, hard treble that I've never been able to warm up to.  Everything else in the system has been swapped out at least once, and I've tried multiple cartridges all with the same result.  

So, I am in the market for a new tonearm.  I don't want to do any modifications to the arm board, so I am looking for something that is a drop-in replacement for the Rega (9") three-point mount.  Ideally, the arm would have a DIN connection so that I can use the phono cable of my choice.   Acoustic Signature has just come out with their new ("Neo") line of arms.  Unfortunately, they don't make  TA-700 Neo model, and the new TA-1000 NEO is $2300, which is a bit more than I'd like to spend.  

So, I'm reaching out to all of you for some advice.  I could always go up the Rega line, but since I haven't been happy with the RB330, I'm hesitant to make that jump.  The Audiomods arm has gotten great reviews, but the single-run silver cabling worries me as I've never liked silver cabling.  I may just wait a bit longer and go with the AS-1000 Neo, but if anyone has suggestions for an arm in the $1500 range that would meet my needs I would welcome your input.

Thanks for any suggestions you have!

Cheers, Scott
smrex13
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.
Thanks for the responses.  I hadn't thought of Origin Live - will check them out.  
Do you still have the TA-700?
@vinylvin No, I only have the Rega arm right now.
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.