Rega RB300 Tonearm

Rega RB300 Tonearm

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The Rega RB300 Tonearm, one of the most important pieces of british hi-fi to be sold in the last 25 years and still as poplular today due its unsurpassed build and sound quality.

First launched in 1983, it epitomises everything about the British Hi-Fi Industry. Hand Made in Essex by a small dedicated team it has sold over a quarter of a million units worldwide and sales still continue even in the digital age. It also won an award as it set a new standard in aluminium casting and many experts were baffled at the time as to how Rega actually managed to cast the tonearm in one piece - something that had never been done before at the time.

I purchased my tone arm about 15 years ago to partner a garrard 401, with a Goldring Elite moving coil cartridge although it is happy with just about anything. One thing that immediately impressed me was the solidity of the sound reproduced, something that I had not heard before from a turntable, it actually sounded like music rather than a scratchy record. I am absolutely sure if people had listened to a budget turntable such as Rega's own Planar 2 or 3, they would not have ditched their record collections in the mid eighties in favour of CD.

For an initial outlow then of around £150, it was worth every penny and more, and the true testament to the Rega RB300's quality is the number of people that use this tonearm with turntables costing ten times its value.

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1 Response to Rega RB300 Tonearm

Jimmyblues Says:
June 18th, 2008 at 7:38 PM

My only experience with the RB300 was when I briefly owned a Rega Planar 3 back in the mid nineties. It was a well constructed arm and a total bargain at the $475 price that I paid for it; which also included a Rega Planar 3 TT.

In recent years I purchased a mid 1980's vintage Systemdek IIX TT for a pittance, and have been enjoying it immensely. While the Systemdek remains in excellent condition, the Profile I arm (actually made by Jelco) which was included with it is now suffering from a worn bearing.

So at some point in the future, I plan to replace it with an RB 300 in order to maximize the potential of the IIX and Sumiko Blue Point MC cartridge that I presently use with it.

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