Rega or SME IV on restored Garrard 401?

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    JohnMak

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    Do any forummers have experience with these two arms?

    The SME IV is around three times the price of an Incognito wired RB300 and I wonder if the difference in sound between the two is worth the cost.

    I have a chance to buy either at a discounted price (brand new) but without audition. So any advice is welcome.
     
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    Whoops,
    Sorry I forgot to add that I plan to use either Dynavector 17D or Denon 103R with the arm. Some enthusiast tell me this makes a big difference in which arm to choose.
     
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    The 17D has a VERY short cantilever and is not best matched to the SME - I know from experience as I used a 17D with my 309 for a short while. I now use a Denon DL304 with my 309 with much success. However, the 17D is well matched to the Rega arms - apparently...I have no experience of this myself. Nothing beats an SME for sheer quality of engineering though - they are a joy to own in many respects (they reproduce music pretty damn well too :) )
     
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    By the way, I forgot to mention that I use my SME/Denon combo on a custom build Garrard 401, a set-up which has never given me anything less than pure musical pleasure.
     
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    Mr C,
    Many thanks for the response and the info re the Dynavector and is short cantilever.
    These forums are a great asset in being able to benefit from others experience and knowlege in these things.

    Many thanks.
     
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