I own an Acoustic Research ES-1 ("New AR") turntable, set up with a Rega RB-300 tonearm.
The tonearm is mounted on a custom-made aluminum armboard, which was available from Audio Advisor into the early 1990s.
This same setup was, at least until recently, used by Sam Tellig, although I understand he now uses a different tonearm on his AR, as a better match for his newest favorite cartridge.
Sam has stated in the past that he felt this setup was comparable to a Linn LP-12, although there are probably a few who would argue that point!
I recently upgraded my tonearm wiring using the Incognito rewiring kit (nice, and definitely worth the effort!).
I have also replaced the Rega's stock counterweight with the Express Machining "Heavyweight" version.
My turntable is in excellent shape, and carefully set up, with the sub chassis perfectly level, and with a nice, symmetrical "bounce".
I like my turntable very much, and since my wiring and counterweight upgrades, I have been wondering how my turntable would "stack up" againsed currently available
There are a bunch of really good "budget" and mid-level turntables available now, and I'm wondering where on a scale of "budget to high-end" units the
AR/Rega/aluminum armboard/Incognito/Heavyweight combo would fall!
How about it, any thoughts or opinions? Anyone using or used a similar rig?