Rega Tonearm Upgrade Modifications by Origin Live
“With its superior bearing arrangement and no tracking force spring to add resonance’s, it’s a true giant killer. It has all the dynamic power and seismic bass of a £2000 super arm but costs a fraction to buy. With Origin Live’s rewiring, it’s one of the best arms money can buy and no less a bargain.
I have to say the Rega upgrades turn this humble arm into a real Giant killer. Gone is the rather grey, sterile sound of the cooking Rega. Instead, tonal colour is fresh dynamics have great speed and impact, and the sound stage is huge.” Read More >
“The overall musical and sonic performance of the Origin Live RB250 is simply astounding. Considering its sub-$500 price, the only appropriate reaction is to yell, “Eureka!”” Read More >
“I had the arm tube and extension modification done years ago by OL and it took my rb300 from pleasant sounding to superb. Rewiring is another big step but whatever else you decide to do, get the new counterweight and structural mod.
OL’s turntable motor and power supply is another game changer and highly recommended.” Owner Comments >
Rega Tonearm Modification applies to ALL Rega arms
The Structural Modification can not be fitted to the RB101.
Any Rega tonearm can be transformed by Origin Live’s upgrades. Many reviewers in the past have used a Rega tonearm modified by Origin Live as their reference tonearm in preference to pick up arms costing over 6 times as much. This unique Rega Tonearm modification upgrades arms in such a way that every aspect of performance benefits. The results have surprised and delighted users. Rega owners still ask us if their particular vintage or model of Rega tonearm can be modified and the answer is always yes with the exception of their very first arm – the RB200.
Rega Tonearm Counterweight and Rear stub Modification £87
Upgrading the rear stub and counterweight of the Rega tonearm, massively upgrades performance.
As the cartridge stylus negotiates its tortuous way through your record grooves it sends shock-waves down the arm tube. What happens to these shock-waves normally? Some of the energy is transmitted down into the deck, but much of it meets the Rega counterweight structure and is reflected back down the Rega arm tube to the cartridge–highly detrimental for good sound quality.
There is a secondary reason why the rear end of Rega tonearms is an extremely critical area–the Rega counterweight represents by far the highest mass in the arm and affects the Rega tonearm performance significantly. The Rega counterweight is excited into resonance by the motion of the arm. This means it should be decoupled and yet also remain rigid to the tonearm. The beauty of the Origin Live Rega tonearm modification is that it acts as a shock absorber for waves traveling down the arm from the cartridge, and also acts to de-couple the Rega counterweight whilst maintaining rigidity.
What The Rega Tonearm Upgrade Involves
The Rega tonearm upgrade involves removing the rear stub. This stub is easily unscrewed from the Rega arm. Origin Live replace the old Rega stub with a new stub (or you can do it yourself). The new stub is torqued onto the arm by a thin high tensile bolt. The new stub is also designed such that it presents a low contact area onto the Rega arm tube and is therefore decoupled, yet far more rigid than the original. This change also allows the new counterweight to be rigidly clamped onto the new stub using an Allen bolt. The Origin Live Rega modification elevates a Rega tonearm into the same league as super arms.
Internal Rewiring (£77) replaces the jointed wire inside the arm with continuous very high grade Litz wire. The benefits of rewiring Rega arms are well documented and the effects are clearly audible in greater transparency and definition.
External Rewiring (£85) replaces the external arm cable from where it exits at the arm base. We use a high performance cable for this purpose specially selected out of hundreds of tests. Some think that any good interconnect will achieve an upgrade but this is a huge mistake as the signal strength can be over 1000 times lower than that for which interconnects are designed for.
Packing Your Arm to Send to Us
Once you have placed your order online you can send the arm to us. The arm travels well in a box with scrunched up newspaper or bubble wrap. Remove the counterweight and wrap separately. Lastly, ensure that the finger lift on the end of the arm tube is well protected as this is the most vulnerable part and can get snapped off unless precautions are taken.
Remember to enclose your contact details with the arm so that we can marry it up with your online order. Once we receive your arm we can normally dispatch it within 2 to 4 days.
Performance Comparison of Upgrades
To give an idea of the significance of each Rega upgrade, a percentage ranking has been assigned to each modification to represent the performance enhancement.
Structural Mod and counterweight 60%
Internal rewire 20%
External rewire 20%
Each of these modifications can be carried out by Origin Live, in which case you will need to send your arm into us and we will carry out the modification. We realize that you don’t want to be without your arm for long and so turnaround is usually within 1 to 3 days.
Please note that although you can order just the internal rewire without the external we do not offer just the external rewire without the internal. This is because the Rega internal wires are extremely fragile and easily damaged.
Rega Tonearm Warranty
When we upgrade a Rega tonearm, the Rega warranty becomes invalid and is replaced by our own 2 Year Warranty. If you choose to fit the kit version of the modifications yourself, then we only guarantee against defective parts that we’ve supplied. Rega invalidate their warranty if their products are modified in any way. This is to be expected as all manufacturers operate on this principle for obvious reasons.