DIY Rega arm conversion kits

 

Series Five arms

A new generation
With almost 700 examples of these hand-built arms in use and a reputation for a level of performance that can be compared with some of the most expensive tonearms in the World, you will find Audiomods arms partnered with very exotic turntables and cartridges.

While we’ve continually made improvements to quality and performance this is the most significant upgrade yet. The Series Five arm has been designed around Rega’s new generation 202/303 arm tube casting, their first major revision for 30 years. The most obvious change is the new, redesigned arm yoke. The two bearing caps are now machined as a single unit, linked with a thin, solid bridge, which encloses the arm tube in a complete box section.

What isn’t visible is the new bearing carrier and shaft, hidden within the base, with the bearing shaft set up into the arm yoke, an even more rigid structure than the previous versions. The result is greater bass definition, improved imaging and better retrieval of fine detail. .

"...an arm that will outperform anything at remotely it's price level…"
"….one of the finest arms you can buy regardless of price…"
Geoff Husband, TNT-AUDIO

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“The degree to which you can hear what's going on in the mix is quite remarkable and the way it combines this analysis with musicality is extremely engaging.”

“…amazing value for money and offers some of the finest engineering you will see on any tonearm.
Jason Kennedy, Hi-Fi Choice
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“I am going to make this short and sweet. If you own a Rega RB250 or RB251 or are considering a tonearm in this price range, I cannot think of a better choice than the Audiomods tonearm.”
Nels Ferre, Enjoy the Music

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"This is audiophile heaven. Does it work as well from a music lover’s point of view? The flow is beautifully modulated, supple, ductile, sensuous and balanced."
"...a very classy-sounding arm and an exciting prospect for people looking for close to super-arm sonic capabilities at an affordable price."
Edward Barker, Six Moons.

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Standard arm, Series Five 

Silver internal wiring, 5-pin Cardas connector

£625

Continuous silver wired loom and interconnect (0.9m)

£675
Micrometer arm, Series Five 

Silver internal wiring, 5-pin Cardas connector

£745

Continuous silver wired loom and interconnect (0.9m)

£795
Options, either version
Special order fully polished finish in place of matt. £35
Gold plated counterweights and accents £35
or Polished/gold plate combined option pack £50
Eichmann solid silver bullet RCAs £46

New bridged arm yoke

Lightweight micrometer option for precise vta adjustment

Custom alloy arm rest

Redesigned horizontal bearing assembly with ceramic bearings throughout

New generation 303 arm tube

vta finger lock

Headshell shim kit

Two counterweights

Options of gold plated or stainless steel counterweights and detailing


New look, new finish
Series five arms come with a new, matt “frosted” finish as standard (Polished finish is still available to special order) and stainless steel or optional gold plated counterweights. The finish adds a hard compressed “skin” to all the surface which contributes to the improved performance. As well as being functional, the new finish is the perfect compliment for many modern and classic turntables and it also resists finger marks, keeping the arm pristine for years to come.

...and some well tested principles
The performance of any arm depends upon how accurately it can be set up, and to help get the best from the Series Five arms we include tools for precise cartridge matching and adjustment including a new variable-mass counterweight and a set of headshell shims. The heavier shims are of annealed copper and will suit cartridges of low compliance and light body weight. The light alloy shims will fine-tune many moving coil choices. The new counterweight comes with removeable copper shims to adjust its mass and position for optimum performance.

As always, each arm is made to order, individually numbered and packed in a wooden presentation box. The Series Five arms are also available in a standard (non-micrometer) version, still with built-in vta.

...and the future
Will this be the final development of the arm? Very likely not. Analogue reproduction can always improve and there is always a little more to be had from a record groove so the design will continue to evolve. We will continue to offer a future-proof upgrade path for all our arms so any of our products can be updated to the latest specification.

 

 


Choose from stainless steel or gold plating for counterweights and accents


Download details as pdf:
Standard arm

Micrometer arm

303 reference arm tube

Series Five manual

 

Classic arm

Classic arm
Continuous Cardas loom and interconnect (0.9m) £455

Silver litz internal wire, Cardas 5-pin plug

£455
Options

Stainless counterweights

£20

Alloy arm rest

£15
Stainless vta lock £30
Headshell shims £20
Silver litz wiring loom £80
Micrometer upgrade £90


 

Ceramic bearings throughout

Highly modified new Rega arm tube with internal bracing and solid bearing carrier

Constrained layer counter-weight with adjustable mass

Redesigned horizontal bearing assembly from the Series 4 arm

Built-in vta adjustment and vtf fine adjustment weight

Ordering
Email your enquiry to
jeff@audiomods.co.uk
to have an arm custom built to your specification. We can discuss your exact needs before confirming your order.

Classic arm

 

Classic arm options / upgrades

Stainless steel counterweight etc. Replaces the polished brass finish. £20

Alloy arm rest
In place of the plastic Rega item, just for looks! £15

Stainless steel VTA finger lock
The base and locking mechanism from the Series Five arms. Stainless steel finger lock on an alloy column. Easier operation, more positive locking and a real performance upgrade. £30

Headshell shims
For a perfect match to some moving coil cartridges you may
want to add a headshell mass shim. Set of three shims. £20

Silver litz wiring loom
The Series Five loom with one-piece seven-strand silver litz wiring from cartridge tags to phono plug. 0.9m interconnect section. Replaces the standard Cardas copper loom. £80

Micrometer version upgrade
The latest base and micrometer assembly from the Series Five arms, complete with the stainless steel vta lock shown above. £90

 

A new model at a very special price
This new arm bridges the gap between the Audiomods DIY arm kits and the full Series Five arms and offers a very similar level of performance to the top models.

If you have a budget but don’t have the tools or skills to build up an arm from a kit, this is the ideal solution: a complete, ready-to-play Audiomods arm with performance that has been reviewed against arms of four times the price and one that won’t be out of place with some of the most exotic turntables and cartridges.

The Classic is built to the same standard as the Series 4 arms and uses new Rega factory 251 parts for the arm tube and arm lift with every other component machined from solid billet. Each hand-made arm is individually numbered for the owner and comes with comprehensive instructions and setup tools.

Complete wiring loom
The wiring loom is a single run of Cardas 33g wire from the Michell silver-plate cartridge tags to the phono plugs, wired in a “pseudo-balanced” configuration in the same way as the Series Five arms, with a separate ground connection, and a screened 0.9m interconnect section.

Choose original polished or Series Five matt finish at the same price.

 
   

Delivery charge: UK £12, Europe £18, Rest of the World £28

Payment: by Paypal, sterling cheque or credit/debit card when the arm is ready to ship. No deposit needed. Delivery time: 3-4 weeks

For sales outside UK end the EU, local taxes or customs duties may apply on import.

 

 

April 2014 contact: jeff@audiomods.co.uk

5 Tormore Mews, Rectory Road, Deal, Kent CT14 9SX United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)1304 379698
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