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It's raining vintage Tonearms, and I'm getting soaked

Postby charliewhite » 10 Mar 2011 18:45

Well the past month has been amazing for tonearms. Here is a list of the ones I picked up

Audax KT-16 - 16" (NOS, $130) 1956

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Audax Polyphase ($30 - needs restoration) Late 1940- Early 50's
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Rek-O-Kut 160 - 16" w/ Dextrafix Tonearm Control ($150 - needs minor repair) early 1950's?
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NEAT GA 12 ($149)
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General Electric TM-2G Transcription ($89)
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Astatic Microphone Laboratory Inc. B-16 - 15" (Brush Development Co. Patients) - ($25 - needs restoration) 1930-40's???
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Astatic Microphone Laboratory Inc. 400-O1 - 12" Transcription (Brush Development Co. Patients) ($20 - needs restoration) 1950's???
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??? Astatic ??? - 12" ($25 - needs restoration) 1930-40's???
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Micro Seiki DD-31 (NOS - $35)

Robins Audiophile Kit (NOS - $15)


I am still waiting on the Rek-O-Kut 160, NEAT GA 12, General Electric TM-2G, Astatic B-16, Astatic ???, Micro Seiki DD-31 to arrive.

Some of these are quite rare. I am unable to find much or any info on the NEAT GA 12 & GE TM-2G. From my searches it looks like these are quite rare and collectable.

THe Audax KT-16 didn't have the Headshell that comes with it but that is ok because I have a Audax Mono cartridge that affixes directly to the tonearm.
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I was also going to make a custom Headshell so I can also make it stereo.

The Rek-O-Kut needs a new counter weight holder/spindle, but I have one laying around. I can't resist anything Rek-O-Kut and not to mention it is one of their 16" arms and came with a Dextrafix Tonearm Control. Which is quite funny because I just uploaded the information to vinylengine http://www.vinylengine.com/library/dext ... afix.shtml

The Micro Seiki DD-31 was just to upgrade a arm on a Pioneer TT I have laying around. It didn't come with a headshell or counterweight but that is an easy fix.

Any thoughts on any of these? Pics are from the sellers except for the Audax.

Looks like I'm going to have to start thinning out the tonearms laying around the house.

More "Confessions of Vinyl Addict" to come...
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Postby charliewhite » 10 Mar 2011 19:53

NEAT GA 12 ($149) ???Gray Clone Made in Japan???

General Electric TM-2G Transcription "Stereo Classic" ($89) 1959
http://books.google.com/books?id=BQsEAA ... 2G&f=false

http://www.roger-russell.com/magrevhf.htm
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Re: It's raining vintage Tonearms, and I'm getting soaked

Postby charliewhite » 11 Mar 2011 23:42

charliewhite wrote:I can't resist anything Rek-O-Kut and not to mention it is one of their 16" arms and came with a Dextrafix Tonearm Control. Which is quite funny because I just uploaded the information to vinylengine http://www.vinylengine.com/library/dext ... afix.shtml

The Rek-O-Kut S-160 came in today. I'm going to start working on fixing the counter weight.

I'm thinking, that the 'Dextrafix Tonearm Control' was at one time promoted with the Rek-O-Kut S-120/S-160 Tonearms. If you look at the pics of the Dextrafix you will notice that the image of the tonearm in the background is a S-120 Tonearm. Funny, because I uploaded the Dextrafix info to vinyl engine about a week ago and then a Dextrafix came with this tonearm also.

Does anyone know if this was perhaps once offered as an additional option? I wish these were still the prices
Original Prices (Early 1950's)
S-120 Tonearm $26.95
S-160 Tonearm $29.95
Dextrafix Tonearm Control $4.95

Todays Prices
S-120 Tonearm
S-160 Tonearm
Dextrafix Tonearm Control

Take a look at ebay and notice the sale price of the tonearms fluctuates. I see them end from $50 - $200. Not to mention you can probably score one plus a TT for the same price that people are paying just for the tonearm. The Dextrafix is a tough find. I bought two (NOS) ones off ebay and now I have this one. There was a seller that was offering them and he had a bunch of them but seems like they are gone now.
http://www.worthpoint.com/wort.....-119206315
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Postby KentT » 12 Mar 2011 03:02

Rek O Kut Tonearm prices 1988 (made to 1991, ROK was purchased by Broadcast Electronics in 1980).

S-260 price 1988, $195.00 (16")
S-320 price 1988, $175.00 (12")

The last Rek-O-Kut tonearms made and only slightly updated versions of your 16" arm. A headshell from BE sold for the princely sum of $46.00. Common broadcasting favorites, the Micro-Trak wooden arm was also popular then.
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Postby Dobs » 12 Mar 2011 08:16

They looks like wiper arm. :crazy:
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Postby mrow2 » 28 Mar 2011 06:32

I'm pretty shure my Subaru rear window wiper arm will track better! ':?':D
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