R200 dismantle?

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by DSJR » 23 Mar 2018 11:51

Hope it works :)

I seem to remember back in the mists of time, that a Mitsubishi VHS recorder belt used to fit. I can't for the life of me remember the size or machine(s) it was from though. Forgive me if it's old or irrelevant news.

In the UK, there's a specialist rebuilder I trust - Audio Origami - who seems to know these arms well just in case anyone wishes to continue with this basically fine arm but is cautious (like me) of stripping one out. Just in case it's not been mentioned before.

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by xander054 » 23 Mar 2018 12:03

I am guessing that's Johnny @ Origami? I'll need to try and get hold of him and see what he thinks

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by DSJR » 23 Mar 2018 12:10

He's a good and sensible chap and the man I'd use. Before replacement bias belts were kind-of available, he even made a thread and weight type for one project he did...

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by xander054 » 23 Mar 2018 12:14

Great, would you mind sending over him email via PM? The website just seems to have a contact form.

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by DSJR » 24 Mar 2018 14:15

Look on the 'Crossover Network' forum. I don't have an email for him, but he posts as 'j7' on the forum...

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by Lega76 » 10 May 2018 08:44

Greetings from Spain.
I am starting the restoration of a Rega r200 arm, riding on a Thornes td160b mkii, and I will follow your thread.
First, the happy fight to find the strap. Someone has the exact measurements of it.

And sorry for my horrible English, I use the Google translator, I'm not very good at languages.
A greeting.

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by jconnor » 10 Jun 2018 15:40

Is this still on-going? I have my old RP-III (1982) and will probably end up with another shortly. Both have the R200 arm - mainly as I like the ability to switch headshell/cartridge for disks that have been badly treated in the past by others. If it is still viable then please let me know how much.

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by jconnor » 10 Jun 2018 15:41

Begger-it! I'm prattling on about the 3-D printed anti-skate belt on the previous page :)

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by iz_isaac » 16 Oct 2018 15:50

xander054 wrote:
19 Mar 2018 14:09
Hello all,

At the request of a colleague at work who has the Rega 200 arm with a broken bias belt I have successfully designed and 3D printed a replacement using a flexible filament, and it looks to work really well!

The material has very favorable mechanical properties so it should be very robust and hopefully last a long time.

Tensile Strength, Yield ASTM D638 580 psi 4 Mpa
Tensile Strength, Ultimate ASTM D638 3,700 psi 26 Mpa
Tensile Modulus ASTM D638 1,800 psi 12 Mpa
Elongation at Yield ASTM D638 65%
Elongation at Break ASTM D638 660%
Hardness ASTM D2240 85 Shore A 85 Shore A
Abrasion Resistance (mass loss, 10,000 cycles) ASTM D4060 0.08 g

My colleague has not had a chance to refit the arm but the belt does fit in the housing with adequate clearance and the teeth match up with the gears.

I am considering selling these belts and was hoping one or two of you guys who are still looking for a replacement could test them for me free of charge and report back?

I have attached some pictures for you to have a look, please let me know if you are interested and PM with details so i can post you the belt.

Thanks (and i hope i am not breaking any forum rules!)

Xander

Hi Xander054.

I need one of this belt.
Any chance of getting this from you?

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by TheBoyGroucho » 11 Dec 2018 21:45

This is a perfect fit for an early Rega Planar tonearm to replace the external wiring.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Tonearm- ... :rk:1:pf:0 Which is good value for £22.
You just need to extend the tonearms wires a little...which is way easier than trying to reattach them to the original connector. Then trim them and solder to the white 5 pin din plug.
https://i.postimg.cc/mgw3tjs8/tone.jpg

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by TheBoyGroucho » 12 Dec 2018 13:12

Also I sourced a new bias belt from here:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254018823739 ... 4018823739
A fairly easy job...I set the tonearm clipped into its stand and photographed the position of the bearing brass rings then used a small flat bladed screw driver and a light hammer to gently tap and loosen the bearing brass holding rings.
Changed the bias belt and replaced the bearing securing rings to the same position as the original photo noted above.

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Re: R200 dismantle?

Post by jconnor » 13 Feb 2019 20:50

Just to say that John (aka Johnnie7) - the man behind AudioOrigami - has just done a complete uplift on my original 1983 Rega R200 (Planar 3 turntable from Sevenoaks Hi-Fi. And that included supplying an anti-skate belt from one of the eBay suppliers. I've always liked my tonearms kinky rather than straight (Ortofon 510, VMS20E mkII, and soon a Goldring E3 - two in ADC headshells, with the VMS20E in the original Rega shell for vinyl that isn't 100% scratch free.)

Not only has the rewiring expanded the soundstage imagery completely, but given it a wonderful detail and an impressive separation that was never there with the original wiring.

He even undercut his original quote because the gold plated connectors had come down in price. What more can you say? Wonderful service and well worth the time and effort in getting the whole thing upgraded. Even the anti skate belt as well. You might not need it, but it's always good to have.

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