Rek-O-Kut tonearm

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Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by Michael626 » 18 Jun 2019 00:01

Hi, I just won a Rek-O-Kut K33H turntable and it does not have the tonearm on it as shown in their manual. I know lots of them were modified with other tonearms but I have looked and looked and cannot find one that looks like this one. I will attempt to attach a photo. I won't get the machine until sometime next week.
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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by AudioFeline » 18 Jun 2019 02:11

The brass colour of the arm looks nice (and so does the turntable).

Can anyone identify the logo on headshell, it looks like a lower-case "a" and "e", but it's hard to see at this resolution.

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by circularvibes » 18 Jun 2019 02:20

That looks like an Empire tomearm like on the Troubadour series tables.

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by Sunwire » 18 Jun 2019 02:25

Yes.
Empire 980 or 990, I think.
There is info in the VinylEngine Library

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by dysmike » 18 Jun 2019 02:28

Not a 990 :). But it's certainly an Empire arm. I think it's a 98

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by Michael626 » 18 Jun 2019 14:56

Gosh, that was quick, thanks a bunch. I started searching for Empire and finally found a picture of an Empire 208 turntable with this arm on it, I could even see the double e logo on the headshell. Seems that Rek-O-Kut and Empire used some common parts. Can't wait til it gets here. I just hope the cartridge and needle are usable.
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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by dysmike » 18 Jun 2019 15:50

BTW, the arms aren't brass.. they're painted, like a brass instrument (which aren't brass either). So if you're cleaning it, be VERY careful. Don't use something like brasso, as it's far too abrasive. Something like simichrome or flitz.. Since I had it, I actually used a very fine finishing compound for automotive paint.

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by Sunwire » 18 Jun 2019 22:08

It looks like there is an error in the Vinyl Engine Library. The link to the Empire 990 tonearm goes to the manual for the Empire 598 turntable.
The 980 tonearm is the one on the 298 turntable system (208 turntable + 980 arm).
I'm not sure if the 98 arm is the same as the 980.
Maybe the gold and silver tonearms are different model numbers, I don't know.

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by dysmike » 18 Jun 2019 22:12

Yea, the only reason I know is the 990 comes with a 598, and I just spent some time getting to know one :)

Here's a 990

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Empire ... 3843-M.jpg

It'd probably be better to say 98x, as the 980 is an updated 98 as far as I can recall. FWIW all the 980s I've seen use sleds like the 990, rather than a head shell.. but I have no idea if that's always true.

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by Michael626 » 18 Jun 2019 22:44

Cruising the net, I found this bit of info, an ad from 1959.
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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by empireboy » 18 Jun 2019 23:10

Michael626 wrote:
18 Jun 2019 00:01
Hi, I just won a Rek-O-Kut K33H turntable and it does not have the tonearm on it as shown in their manual. I know lots of them were modified with other tonearms but I have looked and looked and cannot find one that looks like this one. I will attempt to attach a photo. I won't get the machine until sometime next week.
Michael
I had one of those. Yes, it’s a 98 Empire. They sound nice with a Denon 103 cart.

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by Michael626 » 19 Jun 2019 00:57

Will have to wait for that once I get to see it up close and personal. Just got my Connoisseur BD2A working again with a motor transplant so will enjoy it for now. Is is hard to mount various cartridges in the Empire?

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by empireboy » 19 Jun 2019 01:26

Not hard to mount. It’s a standard 1/2” fixed screw mount. Didn’t need any shims with a Denon DL 103.

Biggest potential issue is the lead wires coming out of the tonearm under the chassis are not shielded and can pick up hum.

Empire fixed that issue with the later 980 arm, which had fully shielded interconnects and ability to adjust cart overhang.

But the earlier 98 arm is extremely well built and can deliver superb performance despite its limitations.

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by AudioFeline » 19 Jun 2019 01:52

Michael626 wrote:
19 Jun 2019 00:57
...Is is hard to mount various cartridges in the Empire?
Reproduction cartridge holders are available on eBay.

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Re: Rek-O-Kut tonearm

Post by Michael626 » 25 Jun 2019 21:55

HI, I am back. Just got the Rek-O-Kut a couple of hours ago. In pretty good shape, the dust cover is toast. It looks homemade anyway. Turntable would not move easily so picked it up and no ball bearing. I found a small marble and dropped it in there just to see if would help along with a shot of oil. Big difference. Put the belt which is fabric on and turned on the switch and it spun up nicely. So got the proper sized chromed ball bearing and installed it and adjusted the belt as best I could and it spins quietly and pretty dead on. The Empire 98 tonearm headshell has a Shure RM910E cartridge in it and it is clean as a whistle, does not look used. Is this a good cartridge? I am guessing it is old as I can't find any current info for it. I just put a record on it and I must say it does sound good. This is the most I have paid for a turntable so was very apprehensive but I think I did alright. It might replace my Connoisseur!.

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