Another Turntable Offering:
Sonographe SG-3 Turntable! New Rega (Moth) RB-303 arm,
Sonographe SG-3 Turntable
Sono-who? The Sonographe line of turntables were marketed by Conrad Johnson. I am not sure who they had design and manufacture the turntable, but it was a terrific design with a very nice build. Here’s what I like about the SG-3 turntable:
- Suspended acrylic subchassis adjustable from above!
- Extensive use of acrylic for resonance control: platter, drive platter, subchassis
- Drive platter is nicely machined and finished, includes indent for lp labels
- Uses same Hurst motor as the AR tables, so replacements are still available
- Solid wood sides over inner composite wood frame
- Logical and quality dustcover design
As you can see, there is a lot to like about this turntable! There are other suspended subchassis turntables on the periphery, such as CJ Walker and Ariston, but for my money, this is the one to own. The designer was definitely aware of George Merrill’s work because of the use of acrylic throughout for resonance management.
Cosmetically, the turntable is in excellent condition, a solid 9.0/10.0. Besides some very slight lifting of the laminate on the black armboard, the table is flawless. The areas of lift were cleaned and reglued, but if one looks close, you can see it.
I really really like this table, and that is no sale’s pitch. I have often thought if I ever do design a turntable, it would incorporate many of the features of the SG-3. Too bad Conrad-Johnson introduced this table right when cds were gaining prominence, otherwise, I really think it would have taken off.
For those interested, here is a brochure for the Sonographe. Note this table features a new Rega (Moth) arm.
Please note the dust cover in the photos is NOT original, hence the lower price than I normally charge for an SG-3. I happened to try a regular TD-160 MKII cover on the SG-3, and it fit almost perfectly except when it’s closed, there is a 1/4″ gap at the rear. (see pic)
The Rega (Moth) RB-303 Tonearm
The original table came two choices of arms, or you could go armless. This one came armless. (see pic below) Along with the special character of this table, I mounted a special arm, an RB-303 with upgraded tungsten steel stub and counterweight. ($120 value). The Rega arms have been receiving praise since introduced. They offer an excellent value of price and performance. There is no cartridge included, but I am a dealer for Ortofon, Grado, and Dynavector. I can also mount a cartridge you own for $35.
The shipping is not included. This table will be packed like it is a fragile pane of glass. I simply care too much for these tables to just shove them in a box. I will carefully pack the original turntable box in an extra sturdy box.
I love introducing someone new to the joys of vinyl, getting someone back into vinyl who left it for the “superiority” of cds, or helping someone else who does appreciate it to “move up.” In that regard, I do what few sellers do…if the buyer needs it, I can supply up to one hour of help by phone with set up. (At a mutually arranged time.) In general, most buyers don’t need it, but if there IS a problem, I am there.
Your table is guaranteed to look and work as described, or you may return it within ten days of arrival for a full refund, minus return shipping charges and a 5% restocking fee. After ten days, all returns are for merchandise credit only.
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