Rega Planar 3 Project – Part I – Tonearm

continued from Rega Planar 3 with Grace Tonearm for $202

The $202 Rega Planar 3 arrived within 2 weeks of the auciton close. Everything is as expected. The seller did a nice job packing up the table, and it`s in in pretty good shape for a 25 year old unloved turntable. Doesn’t sound too good eh?

Rega Planar Packaged Shipped

Rega Planar Packaged Shipped

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Rega Planar Packaged Shipped

Rega Planar Packaged Shipped

As can be seen, the Glass Platter was properly removed for packing and the seller did a good job protecting the arm from swinging wildly during shipment.

Rega Planar Unpacked

Rega Planar Unpacked

Now we get to the heart of the problems with this $200 Rega. The Grace tonearm is not exactly in the best shape. As you can see it’s missing a key component. Counterweight anyone?

Grace Tonearm without Counterweight

Grace Tonearm without Counterweight

I did plenty of research on this arm, including what kind of cables could maximize a Grace Tonearm’s potential. Here’s an idea what I had to work with:

grace tonearm 707 parts

grace tonearm 707 parts

No counterweight, no sub-weight, no lateral weight, no headshell leads, and a crack in the arm lift assembly. Hmm. In the end, I might just have to bring this Rega 3 Table back up to spec with a tried tested and true Rega RB250 or RB300 arm. To fund this, I will put the Grace arm up on ebay in ‘as-is’ condition. With the money I get for the Grace, I will be able to pay for this Rega RB250 Tonearm with upgrade RB300 counterweight and Gold RCA connectors which I won on an eBay auction for $175 US. *hint* It’s smart to search for ‘Rega RB250‘ and not to include the words tone arm. By doing so you can get auctions that are less watched or turn up less often in search results. That’s how I got the arm for such a great deal!:

RB250 Rega Tonearm with RB300 Counterweight

RB250 Rega Tonearm with RB300 Counterweight

RB300 Counterweight Upgrade on RB250 Tone Arm

RB300 Counterweight Upgrade on RB250 Tone Arm

As I wait for the Grace tone arm to sell, and for the Rega RB250 to arrive, I can still look into mat options, cartridge choices and so forth.  In the meantime, here is my expenditure to date:

Rega Planar 3 with Grace 707 Tonearm from eBay – $225 (with shipping)
Rega RB250 Tonearm with RB300 Counter Weight from eBay – $195 (with shipping)

continue to Part II of the Rega Project – Assembly!

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