EXPRESSIMOAUDIOS Brass Rega End Stub with Ultra Fine Adjustment ON THE FLY. A Killer for All Rega Tonearms
Reasons for buying the BEST
What is heard is the opening of the sound stage. Instrument separation. Sound stage gets deeper. Sound stage becomes wider. The Harmonics of the Instruments sound REAL. These are the things you can accomplish with the Ultra Fine End Stub. The details of the MUSIC are in the ULTRA FINE ADJUSTMENT of VTF.
EXPRESSIMOAUDIO brings you another
Innovation for Rega arms.
Tolerances are - .001 / + Nothing
ON THE FLY
Cartridge Weight works like this:
HOW TO USE IT:
Key points: The heavier the tracking force the more bass and centered it will be. The Lighter the tracking force the more HIGHS and wider sound stage. The happy point is dialing it in so you get BOTH.
Last point: when your happy with the sound always reweigh the tracking force so you can go back to that weight.
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After reading some great reviews I took the plunge & bought the Half Moon Heavyweight brass arm weight by Expressimo Audio from Brian, the owner, to replace the generic Rega RB250 arm weight & plastic stub. It has smaller secondary threaded weights for very fine VTF adjustments.
I'm new to the arm weight changing game, but all I can say is this has made the greatest positive difference to my system, other than upgrading speakers, of any component change I've ever undertaken, much more noticeable than any electronic or cable change. Because I had no idea how great or otherwise the change would be, & knowing the audio memory is short, I decided I'd record some LPs using both the Rega & the Half Moon weight, for quick & easy comparison, to a Korg DSD recorder at 5.6 million samples per second. I recorded the tracks with the Rega weight, then swapped to the Expressimo weight & brass stub.
Instantly, with the weight at the stylus of the Shelter 501 mk 11 cartridge the same, 1.88 grams, the improvement was profound. Much greater lateral & depth of image, more focused midrange, sweeter & more extended highs, tighter bass with no less extension. Just amazing. I listened for hours, unable to stop. The Earthworks Sigma 6.2 speakers, already imaging champs, just about disappeared. Vocalists were right in front of me, in a way I'd never heard, almost holographic. Records I'd been listening to for decades were transformed & yielded new details.
I can't find anything but praise for this product. Expressimo Audio appears to be a one man operation, & Brian Calaio is a good guy. He makes some amazing looking tables too. I'm in Sydney, so was dealing with him by email. At times he misunderstood what I thought were perfectly clear communications, which was frustrating, but we got there. I'd encourage anyone who loves vinyl to check out Expressimo Audio of New Hampshire.
I was out of town for the weekend…hadn’t planned it that way but it worked out at the last minute before Thanksgiving. I have heard some distinct improvements in detail and sound staging with the end-stub. I’m perhaps a full .2 of a gram lighter than I was originally and have found a little less weight on classical and jazz helps with the overall tonality and finesse. Highs are more defined, bass is a little less powerful if I go too light and the depth of the soundstage is where I hear the most improvement.
I’ve included a couple of photos I took last week.
Also, Music Direct is having a sale on this VTF gauge – I ordered one this morning.
Thank you Guy
Thank you Dave
I have used Expressemo parts for modifying Rega arms in
the past with good results. When they came out with the "Half Moon" weight, I
tried it and found it as good or better than anything I have used (and I have
tried them all).
They just came out with a brass end stub that you can fine tune the weight with. Brass is known to suppress vibration better than stainless steel... so I wanted to try this out as well. I lugged my Denon 3000 upstairs as it had a RB-250 arm and installed the steel set with the underslung heavy weight. As everyone knows- it sounds better than stock... and it still does- so next I tried the half moon weight in place of the steel heavy weight, it sounded better (better definition and bass). Lastly I installed the brass stub and the half moon together, much to my surprise the well known ringing from the Rega arm was gone! It was like Goldie Locks- just right.
The two sets of stubs/weights
So this is my first stab at a new product review- how did I do? If you have seen any of my projects, you know I like the Rega arms. I am always looking for ways to tweak them. This was a good upgrade.