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RE: AR Turntable tonearm question

Well, when you buy the AR turntable, you'll see for yourself that the tonearm is a piece of junk. It was my first turntable because I didn't have enough money for a better one. As soon as I saved up the money, I bought a Thorens TD-125 with an SME 3009 tonearm. That was an excellent turntable. I owned it for more than a year until I became broke again and sold my entire system.

I was 22-years old at the time and it was one of the best stereo systems I've ever owned. It was a Revox system with Acoustic Research AR-3a speakers. It included a Revox A77 tape recorder, a Revox integrated amplifier, a Revox tuner, and the Thorens TD-125/SME turntable with a Shure V-15 cartridge. I also had a Stanton 681 EE cartridge and an Empire 2000Z cartridge.

I will never forget that system. I've certainly owned better systems since, but it was a pretty cool system for a 22-year old kid. ;-)

Happy listening!
John Elison


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