I think the question was this:
and am looking for the best, reasonably priced tonearm
and the response:
there are more arms than the SME and Rega....they are just budget arms....
With respect...so what? They are by definition reasonably priced tonearms which perform well. Not everyone can or will stretch to obscenely priced tonearms. The turntable deserves a reasonable arm and the sme is an eminently sensible choice.
The fact is that to better either on today's new market, you will have to spend £1000 plus. A new 309 is now £1170. Thats more (no disrespect meant here OldAudio) more than the TT is worth.
Sorry, but this is a bugbear of mine whenever someone chips in and poo-poos kit because it isn't expensive enough
. To a sensitive soul that could be construed as rather insulting