Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

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Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by Ireke » 22 Oct 2019 20:09

Hi There,
Continuing my project to Rebuild an ARISTON RD11s.
Any suggestions for a modern Tonearm and Cartridge ?
Thanks for your thoughts on thos one !

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by Chiltern » 22 Oct 2019 22:51

My 11s has had a variety of tonearms fitted in my time.

When I bought it a Linn LVV was fitted, this replaced with a LAD/Jelco which worked very well until it suffered from the common problem of bearings loosening. Now fitted with a traditional SME 3009 imp which will be the final combination while I own it.

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by nat » 22 Oct 2019 23:46

What's on it now?

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by Ireke » 23 Oct 2019 01:07

Right now it has Mayware Formula 4 MK 3

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by totem » 24 Oct 2019 00:38

The effective mass is noted as low and variable meaning a high compliance and perhaps a bit lower
would be ideal.
Typically your best options would be MI/MM where compliance numbers above 16 and commonly 30 or higher
are found.

Whats your budget?

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by nat » 24 Oct 2019 01:29

You could spend a lot of money to get a better sounding arm than the Formula IV. It is inherently fairly low mass, but it does have the variable mass tracking force slider, so it can be used with a wide range of compliances. Of course, for very low compliance cartridges, heavy arms may do better.
And not everyone likes the unusual behavior of unipivots when they are being handled. In actual playing, they are perfectly normal in their behavior.

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by Ireke » 24 Oct 2019 03:50

Alan, Nat and Totem.... thx very much for your replies. I was thinking in terms of an Audiomods or Rega arm as I already use them on a Thorens TD 169 Super and Luxman PD121 respectively....
Having seen you responses I think that I will have the Mayware rewired and try to keep the combination ( RD11s and Mayware) but try a decent MM or MI from someone like Soundsmith.
Thx again for all of the suggestions !
Keep Listening to the music !

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by Ireke » 24 Oct 2019 03:51

Oops that should be TD160 Super !

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by nat » 25 Oct 2019 22:56

Is there a problem with the wiring of the Mayware? If there isn't an actual problem, I'd suggest not bothering. The wire is of good quality, and while wires can break or fray, they don't need replacing just because they are old. And the wire in unipivots is must be thin and flexible or it will make the arm tilt and bind. So replacing it with the wrong wire could cause problems you didn't have before.

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by Ireke » 26 Oct 2019 23:07

nat wrote:
25 Oct 2019 22:56
Is there a problem with the wiring of the Mayware? If there isn't an actual problem, I'd suggest not bothering. The wire is of good quality, and while wires can break or fray, they don't need replacing just because they are old. And the wire in unipivots is must be thin and flexible or it will make the arm tilt and bind. So replacing it with the wrong wire could cause problems you didn't have before.
Thx very much Nat....

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by Mr Pig » 27 Oct 2019 08:34

I had an RD11S with a Rega RB250 on it. Totally destroyed and LP12 with a Basik+. Which isn't at all surprising considering how similar the turntables are and how much better the Rega arm is over the Linn.

If you want a vintage aesthetic that's fine but if you just want high performance for not too much money a Rega tonearm is a simple and effective way to go.

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Re: Modern Arm and Cartridge suggestions for ARISTON RD 11s

Post by nat » 01 Nov 2019 22:02

Of course the currently mounted Mayware can give a fine performance for no extra money...

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