lynnot wrote:a Koshin Lustre GST-801 in good shape is at least equal to a FR-64S. But there isn't such a hype about the Lustre tonearm.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. What little info I was able to find did seem to suggest that it was very close to the FR-64s in performance, but ~half the price. It certainly is a very impressive looking arm, unfortunately mine was not shipped correctly and has bearing damage. Hopefully Johnnie at AO can sort it out.
lynnot wrote:About the metal tonearm bases, they won't fit the BL51. But you can have someone produce a brass copy of the wooden inlay. That has been done before!
Good to know, now looking at the wood armboard it does not seem to be lacking much. A lot thicker than I thought it would be. If I ever want to experiment with other arms I will look into having one machined.
The bearing is indeed impressive, a little push on the platter and the thing seems to spin forever. Though there seems to be a small amount of oil that has leaked on to the top plate, does this mean the seal has been broken?