The RB1000 takes thirty times longer to produce than an RB300. At present there are only two of our most highly trained and experienced technicians that can build this exotic tonearm. The RB1000 carries more technological changes over previous Rega tonearms than any other Rega tonearm produced during the last twenty years! Key areas of improvement can be found in the bearing assemblies, wiring and materials used. We have worked to redistribute and reduce mass in areas of the tonearm where mass is critical to performance. The easiest place to see these changes in evidence would be the polished aluminium arm tube. It has no coatings of any type.The changes we have made over the RB900 have resulted in a tonearm with extremely high structural rigidity, combining ultra low friction movement together with incredible stability. These attributes will make any cartridge mounted on this tonearm work harder than they have ever worked before. Do not be surprised if the first time you listen to familiar music, you hear detail that you have not heard before!
In The Beginning... In 1983, after using the Rega designed Japanese built R200 tonearm for 10 years, Rega decided to design and build their first tonearm in the UK, the RB300 (Rega Britain). The high pressure die-cast silicon alloy tube alone took two years to develop with the UK's largest die casting company. The work and our casting subsequently won us both an "international casting award" from America for what is still considered today to be a technically impossible casting. See if you can find one the same! To date, Rega have sold over 250,000 RB300 derived British tonearms...
Rega have been designing tonearms for 20 years
Since 1983 Rega tonearms have been manufactured in the UK at the Essex based Rega factory
We have to date sold over 250,000 RB300 derived British tonearms
Six full time people assemble Rega tonearms
You will see a photograph most months in nearly all hi-fi magazines globally of a Rega built tonearm
We supply original equipment manufacturer tonearms (OEM) and parts to over 15 other manufacturers
Rega pioneered the use of exotic materials in tonearm design - Solid tungsten balance weights.
All wiring in our tonearms are purpose designed by us and are of the highest performance level possible at the budget point of that tonearm
Only the highest quality "abec" controlled bearings are used in all our designs.
Our team can build 75 RB250's or 4 RB1000's in a day.
High tensile strength stainless steel is used throughout our RB300, RB600, RB700 and RB1000 designs.