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Rega Cart ID

Discussion in 'audio' started by stevec67, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I have a blue Rega cart in my bits box, it came off a P3 of 90s vintage. There is no model name, anyone know which one it is? IIRC the Bias was green (?).
  2. PerF

    PerF Senior

    Steve, the recent Elys is blue
    Not sure if the old one were purple or blue though
  3. djftw

    djftw Heterodox Member

    I think the blue would make it most likely an original Elys, possibly a Super Elys going by the vintage. My SuperBias of 2000 vintage was Red...
  4. djftw

    djftw Heterodox Member

    Actually, make that more probably a SuperElys, now I think about it the original Elys was purple...
  5. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    So remind me, the Bias was about £35 or so in the 90's, the Elys twice that or so? That would fit with it coming off a P3. The P3 in question was the bright green version and sounded very tidy, came out of Leeds Classifieds and after I'd played with it for a bit it went to a mate who for whatever reason didn't get on with the cart, so I swapped it for some generic MM that I had in the bits box. I may use the Rega cart to resurrect a Dual 505 I've repaired.

    Super Elys, better still. Don't remember that one.

    Edit - browsing the net suggests the Elys 2 was blue, dunno about the super.
  6. smoking-rob

    smoking-rob pfm Member

    The original Elys was grey
  7. Tim Jones

    Tim Jones pfm Member

    Correct Rob. Don't remember a blue one.

    90s Rega carts:

    Bias was green
    Super Bias was red
    Elys was grey
    Exact was yellow.
  8. Robert

    Robert Tapehead

    Original Elys was grey, then it went purple, then blue as the 'super' Elys and currently blue as the Elys 2.
  9. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Move over rookies! The grey was RB100 which replaced the first Rega branded Japanese made R100. The "B" indicating British made.

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  10. hifi_dave

    hifi_dave Hi-Fi Retailer

    Correct. First Rega 'made' cartridge was the Grey RB100.

    I remember we were sent 3 to try out along with a torque wrench, which I still use. First one tried had no left channel, second had no right and the third was perfect. I phoned Roy and he said "well done. You are the only UK dealer to listen to them". Never really sure if that was quick thinking on his part, or true.
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  11. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Hey Steve, I've turned around a lot of Duals but haven't yet tried a Rega cartridge on any.
    Please do give it a go and report back here after you've recovered.

  12. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    OK. I plan to sell the thing, I've discovered a cheap and cheerful QLM that will do the job, and I have a Linn K5 (AudioTechnica in a party frock at 2x the price, but they didn't tell us that in the 90's) that I could use also, but the Rega is floating about so I'll give it a run out and report back. The 505 arm is decent enough, more than up to the task of swinging a MM, I'm very sure.
  13. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Assuming the tip and/or suspension isn't shagged, the ADC will work beautifully on a 505, even if the table is a -1 version with the last of the old cartridge mounting brackets on.

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