I am intending to resurrect my old vinyl collection after many years
of buying CDs. I have access to an AR77XB turntable. All I know about it is that it is very old and has no cartridge. I am wondering if anyone thinks it is worth buying a cartridge for and if so what kind would be suitable ?
Is it possible to buy a new tone arm for it or even worth the expense ?
Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.
Looking on the bright side, it still uses the wonderful suspension system which originally set it apart.
And...if you are handy as a woodworker, building a new RWAL WOOD base is simple, and the switchover is basic...I think 6 or 8 screws. FYI, I am 98% sure an XA base will not fit. It won't even fit the XB, which is from the same era, and also uses a vinyl veneer.
Personally, the XB77 is the only AR table I would avoid. They really cut corners on materials. Vinyl, yech!!
The simplicity of design means that it will still be serviceable unless it has been subject to gross abuse. If you are going to replace the arm there are many non AR arms which will fit and sound better than stock AR. And stay away from Grado cartidges; they hummmmm with this TT.
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