SAEC tonearm second hand or an alternative new?

Erik77

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Dear fellow hobbyists,

I found a good deal online for a second hand SAEC WE-308 L , but refurbished. I was just wondering, what your advice would be. So, assuming it has been recently restored, would you recommend buying such a tonearm, vs maybe spending 1500 eur on a new tonearm, such as Ortofon 210 or Groovemaster. What would be your considerations?

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jeffrey_t

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I’ve been extremely happy with my Groovemaster. Excellent build quality and it tracks extremely well.
 

Solypsa

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Also terms such as "refurbished" carry wildly different interpretation. I'd find out exactly what was done.

I am biased as a dealer for AudioCreative but the Groovemaster really is a very fine tonearm...
 

shakti

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The SAEC 308L is a nice arm, but far away from the performance of a FR64s or similar.

Groovemaster or FR64s are very heavy arms. If you want to listen to more modern cartridges with medium compliance,
I would go for

- Sorane TA-1 9"

or, if your turntable can host the length

- Sorane TA- 1L 12.7"

Sorane is a relatively new brandname from the OEM manufacturer of Dynavactor and Ikeda tonearms.

So you get a good quality for a fair price.


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