Modded AR XA with Rega RB-250 Arm

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Modded AR XA Turntable w/Rega RB-250 Arm , $695 plus shipping

Why spend more to buy a refurbished AR turntable from Vinyl Nirvana?

Buying vintage electronic equipment on eBay can be a gamble. To better your chances at winning, you want two things: 1) Plenty of information about the auction item; and 2) A seller you can trust.

When an AR turntable is refurbished by Vinyl Nirvana, it undergoes a multi-step inspection and tuning regimen. Ask another seller of aa AR table on Ebay these questions and see if you can get a response…

Is the motor running silently? Any unhealthy bearing noise? Is the spindle straight? Was the spindle cleaned of old belt residue, which can cause rumble? Does the belt properly interface with the spindle on both 33 and 45 rpm? Is the belt new or in near mint condition? Is the proper length belt installed? (Differences of less than an inch can result in speed changes.) Is the proper width belt installed? (Differences can result in belt slippage or faulty change of speed.) Has the platter bearing been inspected? Is it straight, true, and without significant wear? Has the platter bearing well been inspected? Was it cleaned of old grease and contaminants? Was it properly lubed with appropriate oil? Is the tonearm functioning properly? Any significant side-to-side motion, which can adversely affect tracking? Is range of motion appropriate? Is anti-skate functioning? Is appropriate tonearm weight installed? Is cueing adjusted properly? Were electrical connections cleaned and inspected? Headshell leads? Tonearm recepticle? RCA plugs? (Dirty connections can contribute to hum problems.) Are all connections tight? ( I use Dexoit products, highly recommended.) Is transport screw intact? Is it functioning properly? Are dust cover hinges intact and not stripped? Was all wiring beneath the turntable inspected? Were worn solder joints re-soldered? What is the condition of the AC cord? The interconnect cable? Are springs in good working condition? Have worn springs been replaced? Has spring suspension been tuned? (This is an art learned through having set up dozens of these tables.) Was the speed checked by strobodisc at 33 and 45 rpm? Was headshell inspected? Is there any stripping? Do the cartridge screws hold tight? Are the leads brittle? Is the tonearm rest original? Is it functioning properly? Is a proper mat installed? Is the base intact? Are the rubber feet intact?

If an AR table fails to pass any of the above inspections, Vinyl Nirvana corrects the problem before it gets listed. If the turntable is unsellable due to too many defects, it becomes a parts unit to be used in the restoration of other AR units. In addition to this multi-step inspection, each turntable is thoroughly detailed with appropriate cleaners. The average cleaning takes up to two hours. Though the tables Vinyl Nirvana sells will vary cosmetically, they will always be clean. Can you trust Vinyl Nirvana as a seller? Please read our ebay feedback (username vinylnirvana3345) regarding sales of turntables. Notice references to item exactly as described. Notice references to excellent packing. Notice references to our service and committment after the sale.

This Week’s Modded AR XA

For those who love the “zen-like” simplicity of the XA, this one’s for you.

Cosmetically, this table is an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10.  The solid walnut base is in excellent shape, with only the slightest signs of wear. (Not bad to 50 years old!)  The metal portion of the plinth is in refinished state, painted in multi-color black that is very attractive.  There is a custom lexan dustcover in excellent condition.

The table has been highly modified. It features the increasingly rare Merrill AR XA/XB acrylic subchassis in very good to excellent condition.  The acrylic is lightyears ahead of the stock XA subchassis at dissipating unwanted resonances.  Additionally, the motor is one Merrill modified himself, a great improvement over the stock Haydon motor. I installed a new copolymer pulley on the upgrade motor.   All in all, the drive system is dead silent.

If the new owner wishes to opt for the complete Merrill Platter system, I can quote a very attractive package price.

The Rega RB-250 Arm

Rega arms are continually hailed as one of the best values in audio.  This used stock RB-250 is in very good to excellent condition, with some very slight wear at the headshell.  If you purchase this table, I can discuss cartridge options as part of the sale.  When I mount and align your cartridge, it makes set-up in your home incredibly easy, plus you get the peace of mind it’s been done right.

The Details

The shipping is extra.  I have years of experience in shipping turntables. Your turntable will reach you in the condition pictured here. All of my tables are guaranteed to look and function as described or may be returned for a full refund minus shipping within ten days of receipt. After ten days, valid returns are for merchandise credit only.

E-Mail me if you are interested in purchasing this or another turntable on my site.