Turn your 1 or 2 speed Rek-O-Kut into a modern 6-speed audiophile deck
Reduce Rumble Up To 40 DB, Hear Only The Record!
Replace that noisy motor with a quiet motor and an accurate multi-speed controller. Rumble will disappear, and modern convenience will enter.
The update kit supplies a new motor, adapter plate, and speed controller. Motor feedback keeps the speed of the turntable constant regardless of stylus pressure. Obtain speeds from 33 RPM to 90 RPM, and even a pitch control.
Calibration of all speeds is performed easily and conveniently at the rear of the controller. We supply a cable that can be routed from the box to the motor. Soldering to the motor terminals will be required.
Belt tension adjustment is no longer necessary, you will need to use a rubber belt that is less than 1/4 inch wide. If you don't already have one, you can order the True Speed belt we sell.
Permanent mounting of the speed controller box, while not absolutely necessary, requires drilling two holes in the deck to accept 6-32 screws. The screws screw into the box's bottom. Because of the varying thickness of decks, the selection of them left to the user. Click here for instructions.
When ordering, state which type of adapter plate you will require.
Note: Requires some mechanical aptitude. It is the purchaser's responsibility to determine the compatibility of this product with his needs. Replacement/refund will be limited to defective product.
REK-O-KUT MULTI-SPEED ADAPTER Price: $295.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $9.00 shipping
Esoteric Sound's accessories......
am very impressed ... everything collectors and serious audiophiles
REK-O-KUT® 4 SPEED STROBE DISC
When illuminated by incandescent or florescent lighting, the strobe lines will stand still at the appropriate speeds. Speeds checked are 16-2/3, 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm.
Made from sturdy thin gauge cardboard, 5.5" square. Trim as desired. 60 Hz only.
Rek-O-Kut 4 Speed Strobe.... $3.25 + $2.75 Shipping
REK-O-KUT® 12 SPEED SUPER STROBE DISC
Available in either 60 Hz or 50 Hz versions. This refers to the power line frequency in your area. For instance, in the USA it is 60 Hz. Often, in Europe it is 50 Hz.
This strobe will measure the following speeds:
Made from study thin gauge cardboard,
WHEN ORDERING SPECIFY 60 HZ OR 50 HZ
Rek-O-Kut Super Strobe....$5.75 +$3.00 Shipping
CARTRIDGE ALIGNMENT PROTRACTOR
To properly mount a phono cartridge, you need to be able to position it so that it remains tangent to the record grooves at all diameters. This gauge helps you to mount the cartridge to the headshell for the best compromise. This protractor is designed for records from 7 inch to 16 inch diameters. All other gauges are made only for 12 inch LP records.
Here is how it is used. Determine which size records will be played most. Place the gauge on the turntable with the hole over the spindle. Place the arm end with the cartridge on the gauge and use the two selected diameter locations. With the stylus point at the designated dot on the gauge, and with the cartridge mounting screws slightly loosened, reposition the cartridge body such that it is as parallel as you can make it to the lines on the gauge. Check at both minimum and maximum record diameters that you will be using most. This is always a compromise. Then tighten the cartridge mounting screws.
Made from study thin gauge cardboard.
Rek-O-Kut Cartridge Protractor....$3.00 +$2.00 Shipping
Note: If purchasing more than one of the above 3 items, only the highest shipping for one applies.
SURFACE NOISE REDUCER, DE-HISSER,
RE-EQUALIZER, OR SUPERCONNECTOR
One furniture quality case fits all four products. Shown withSurface Noise Reducer. These are high quality cases made by expert cabinet makers.
Dimensions: 20 " X 7 " X 1 -3/4
Price: $110.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $9.00 shipping
REK-O-KUT® DISC STABILIZER CLAMP
FORM FITS FUNCTION
Most similar devices are designed for modern LPs only.
The large diameter of other such weights permit the turntable arm to strike the
weight before the end of play. So we started a redesign from scratch.
* Its profile must prevent contact with the
arm, cartridge or
stylus till the end of play of unusual discs
* Especially designed for both modern LPs and 78's
REK-O-KUT DISC STABILIZER CLAMP: $55.00 (IL Res. add 8.25%IST) +$7.15 Shipping
"All I can say is WOW. Exceeded my expectations... and am a satisfied customer... great addition to my Empire 598 III"
* The handle facilitates easy and
firm grasping to protect fragile shellac or glass records
* Especially designed for both modern LPs and 78's
EMPIRE DISC STABILIZER CLAMP: $60.00 (IL Res. add 8.25%IST) +$7.15 Shipping
SorboGel Q-FOOT ISOLATORS CURE RECORD SKIPS
TURNTABLE/CD-PLAYER SENSITIVE TO FLOOR SHOCK?
HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ACOUSTIC FEEDBACK?
IN THE STEREOPHILE MAGAZINE RECOMMENDED COMPONENTS LIST
One of the greatest problems with
are their inability to reject vibration well. A recent technology
in materials to address has been the use of "SorboGel" - an extremely
pliable yet inert rubber like material. Audioquest SorboGel Q-FEET
provide exceptional damping and isolation to improve the performance of
turntables, CD players and all vibration-sensitive equipment. Have
problems with howling when you turn the volume up while listening to phono
records. Q-Foot can stop acoustic feedback.
Price: $99.00 set/four (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $5.35 shipping
AudioQuest SORBOTHANE SELF-STICK SHEET
is a synthetic viso-elastic polymer. The very long molecules are free to
wiggle and thereby dissipate motion energy as heat.
Another unusual application is in the rebuilding of disc
cutter heads. Sorbothane is an excellent replacement for the dampening
material used in early cutter heads.
VIBRAPOD MODEL 3 ISOLATION FEET
They are also effective in reducing noise from anything that vibrates and creates unwanted noise.
Each set of four Model 3 can support up to approximately 48 LBS. So, they are appropriate for most turntables and computers. Size is 2-1/2" by 9/16". We use them under our computers to reduce their noise.
Price (set of 4): $24.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$5.35 Shipping
VIBRAPOD CONES ISOLATION FEET
Double truncated vinyl cones designed to work by themselves or in combination with VIBRAPOD isolators. They are perfect for turntables, and other audio equipment affected by vibration, such as CD players. They are also effective in reducing noise from anything that vibrates and creates unwanted noise.
Maximum weight 25 lbs each
3 are excellent for use with the Rek-O-Kut TROVATORE turntable.
Price (each): $8.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$5.35 Shipping
REK-O-KUT® RUBBER TURNTABLE MAT
Better than the original for most turntables
Fits and works with almost any turntable
Our new turntable mat fills the gap in available turntable mats. If you have looked around, you will find rubber mats almost impossible to find.
They can protect your records, absorb vibrations induced into the record by external forces, and help dampen your platter's ringing. If placing a record on a hard surface disturbs you, use the mat to fit over your acrylic platter
Design allows for improved support of 7", 10" and 12" discs. Our mat is made to rigid design requirements. Looks are similar to that of the Technics pro-line. This mat not only works well but looks great.
Here are its specifications:
Diameter: 11-5/16 inches (287 mm)
HOW TO JUDGE ITS POTENTIAL BENEFITS:
Recommended for many metal and some glass platter turntables. There is less benefit wih acrylic, or heavy composite platter turntables, unless you only want cushioning. Tap on your platter. Any ring-like sound means it can help. If it sounds like concrete, you may not get dramatic improvement.
Got a low mass platter and a very light or felt mat? If so, the added mass of the Rek-O-Kut rubber mat can improve Flutter by 20 - 25%.
(IL Res. add
+$7.55 USA Shipping
FELT TURNTABLE MAT
Excellent for almost
You can use it to fit over your acrylic platter if placing a record on a hard surface disturbs you. You can also use it as a "slip mat," for fast cuing and instant sound. We actually managed to trim one to fit a Garrard Type A record changer, which requires a large center hole. So, it can serve many applications.
Not floppy, but a stiff mat. There is a printed white logo on reverse side. Dimensions are 11-3/4 by 0.070 inches (298 X 1.8 mm).
Price: $9.95 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$5.35 Shipping
SOFT FELT TURNTABLE MAT
Excellent for almost
You can use it to fit over your acrylic platter if placing a record on a hard surface disturbs you. You can also use it as a "slip mat," for fast cuing and instant sound.
Not stiff, but a soft floppy mat. Both sides are identical and free from printing of any kind. Dimensions are 11-3/4 by 0.052 inches (298 X 1.3 mm).
Price: $10.50 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$5.35 Shipping
REK-O-KUT® DUST BUG
RECORD CLEANER / STATIC ELECTRICITY REMOVER
The Dust Bug is an auxiliary arm with a carbon fiber brush. It constantly cleans records while they play. Not only that, but the carbon fiber brush discharges the record surface of all static electricity, thus eliminating discharges and pops that can annoy and frustrate the listener.
The DUST BUG is solidly built of all metal parts. It can be adhered with its self-adhesive base safely to any playing deck and accommodate platters up to 2 - 1/8 inches (55 mm) in height. Arm height is easily adjusted by a thumbscrew, and its downward pressure by a sliding weight. Mount it at any place near the edge of the platter that does not interfere with record play, usually opposite the play arm. Included is ground wire and a cleaning brush.
"Awesome! I like it very much. It feels and looks a lot more than it costs! Thanks again"
"The Rek-O-Kut Dust Bug I purchased a while back...is FANTASTIC ! Thank You"
DUST BUG....$22.00 + $5.70 Shipping
DISCWASHER D4 RECORD CLEANING SYSTEM
There are few finer record cleaning brushes than the Discwasher. it is very convenient to handle and use. No collector should be without one. The secret to it success lies in a large surface velvet brush. The fibers will scoop out grime and dirt from your record. that many conventional brushes miss. This kit comes complete with D4 record cleaning solution and a brush cleaner.
D4 solution is only to be used with vinyl records. For 78 rpm records, use Nitty Gritty Purifier 1.
Price: $20.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$7.50 Shipping
NITTY GRITTY RECORD CLEANING BRUSH
Small and handy. The Nitty Gritty Record Cleaning Brush has a velvet covering with a deep pile to reach the bottom of almost any record. Its fine fibers can easily penetrate both microgroove, LP records, as well as, vintage 78s and radio transcriptions. It has a round cleaning end, so you can rotate the the brush slowly as the record turns underneath, and scoop out dust and debrise. Recommended for light cleaning and general use. It can be used wet or dry.
Price: $18.50 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$5.35 Shipping
NITTY GRITTY RECORD CLEANING BRISTLE BRUSH
The Nitty Gritty Record Cleaning Brush uses nylon micro bristles to penetrate deeply into both microgroove, LP records, as well as, some vintage 78s and radio transcriptions. Because the bristles are more robust, it can dislodge stubborn debris that other record cleaning aids will not. In tough cases, you can angle the bristle end to dig in and scoop out debris with little fear of any damage to the playing surface. Recommended for LPs and some vintage records. It can be used wet or dry.
Price: $24.95 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$5.35 Shipping
ESOTERIC SOUND COARSE-GROOVE CLEANING BRUSH
FOR 78 RPM AND RADIO TRANSCRIPTIONS
The Esoteric Sound Coarse-Groove Record Cleaning Brush uses nylon
micro bristles to penetrate deeply into vintage 78s and radio transcriptions.
Resilient, long lasting nylon bristles are resistant to chemicals and provide
thorough scrubbing, without scratching. Non-corrosive wire securely
anchors each tuft. Because the bristles are very
robust, it can dislodge stubborn debris that brushes designed for LPs can
Scrub out debris with little fear of any damage to the playing surface. Of course, you should determine the amount of pressure and time spent for non-excessive use. Recommended for washing deep grime out of vintage discs with light soap, Dawn, etc. Dimensions: 4 1/4" x 1 3/4".
The transcription above was cleaned using the Esoteric Sound Coarse-Groove Cleaning Brush.
Price: $12.95 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$5.35 Shipping
ESOTERIC SOUND STYLUS CLEANING BRUSH
Contrary to popular opinion, a brush with soft and delicate bristles is not desirable to thoroughly clean a phono stylus. Sometimes we may hear distortion from records and assume that the stylus had gone bad, or become chipped. Often, this is caused by a buildup of extraneous material on the stylus tip itself. The material can be very sticky, hard, and difficult to remove. Only a brush with very fine and stiff bristles can remove this material. To use it, simply set the arm on the brush's bristles as in playing a record, then drag the brush in the direction of record play, i.e., from the back to the front of the cartridge a few times. This will dislodge most detritus. A drop of D4 or Nitty Gritty record cleaning solution on the brush will further help.
Price: $9.95 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) +$3.50 Shipping
NITTY GRITTY RECORD CLEANER- RECORD MASTER
QUIET RECORDS AT LAST!
Brushes tend to move the dirt around in the grooves and rarely out. The only fool proof way of really removing the filth is to scrub it into a fluid suspension and to vacuum it off. The Nitty Gritty is convenient and takes up very little space.
If ordering machine + dust cover, higher shipping cost applies.
Results are identical to machines costing up to $1,500!
System features are:
* Nitty Gritty
purifier 2 fluid and wash brush.
RM1 Black - Price: $467.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $17.00/$23.00 S & H East/West Coast
RM2 Solid Oak - Price: $529.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $17.00/$23.00 S & H East/West Coast
DC-1 Soft Vinyl Dust Cover - $24.95 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST) + $8.00 S & H
DC-2 Acrylic Dust Cover - $72.50 (IL Residents add 8.25% IST) + $10.00 S & H
NITTY GRITTY CLEANING ACCESSORIES
Purifier 1 (for 78 rpm records)..................................................$19.95 (16 ounces)
Purifier 2 (for all LPs & 45 rpm records)................................$19.95 (16 ounces)
FIRSTrv (for vinyl precleaning and acetate
restoration)...$69.50 (16 ounces)
Deterioration of vintage acetates is a common problem which is difficult to solve. FIRSTrv quickly removes most of this plague. The above example is of a WOR recording of Winston S. Churchill in 1945.
REK-O-KUT® RUMBLE ISOLATORS
IMPROVED MOTOR GROMMETS FOR REK-O-KUT AND EMPIRE TURNTABLES
IMPROVE NOISE FIGURES BY UP TO 15 DB!
With belt-drive turntables, you can expect a dramatic reduction in audible noise that will exceed original performance. However, the improvement may vary with rim drive turntables, whose drive puck can transmit motor vibration directly to the platter.
Typical customer responses:
What a major improvement in rumble control! I am very pleased!
The motor grommets you sent for my K33H cured the rumble problem entirely. Even though the old ones looked and felt good, they were transmitting a lot of vibration noise. The new ones give me silence even at very high volume. Perfect. Thanks for the help.
Thank you for shipping the grommets so quickly. I installed them yesterday and my Rek-O-Kut turntable is better than ever!
PERFORMANCE THAT EXCEEDS THAT OF WHEN THE TURNTABLE WAS NEW!
Not a typical "tweak" hypothesis, but proven in the laboratory. Click here to see laboratory data.
Replacement will take a little mechanical prowess and about 30 minutes to complete. For details, click here.
These new grommets are direct replacements for many models, including
RekO-Kut B-12H, B-16H, K-33, K-33H, L-34, L-38, N-33H, N-34H, NL-33H, S-34H, and Audio Empire 208,
298, 398, and 598. Size is 1 X 0.3 inch (25.4 X 7.7 mm). They fit a 3/4 inch
(19 mm) hole.
Canada - $8.50 slow, $20.00/6-10 days, Europe, Asia, Australia, elsewhere - $10.50, $24.00/6-10 days
BELTS FOR REK-0-KUT® AND EMPIRE TURNTABLES
Flat belts for old and new Rek-O-Kut, Esoteric Sound, AR, and Audio Empire turntables. It is advised that you measure old belt circumference for reference. In some cases, you may have to readjust idler for proper tension.
Rek-O-Kut K-33, K-34, N-33, N-34, NL-33, Rondine, 38 inch circumference (0.25" X 0.02"). For lower cost , 4 pole motor. Dramatically reduces 20 - 100Hz rumble. Exceeds original belt's performance. Speed within 1% accuracy. Price: $18.95
TRUE SPEED BELT for Rek-O-Kut K-33H, K-34H, N-33H, N-34H, NL-33H, R-34H, Rondine. 38 inch circumference (0.188" X 0.015"). Designed by and custom made for us to provide accurate speed with "H" motors. Exceeds original belt's performance. Dramatically reduces 20 - 100Hz rumble. Speed within 0.3% accuracy. Price: $24.95
TRUE SPEED BELT for Empire 598/698 Troubador turntables. 31.2 inch circumference (0.165" X 0.017"). This belt was designed by and custom made for us to provide accurate speed. Speed within 0.3% accuracy. Price: $24.95
Rek-O-Kut Rondine Jr, 20.6 inch (0.18" X 0.024"). Price: $20.00
Rek-O-Kut Rondine 3, 20.6 inch (0.18" X 0.022"). Price: $21.95
Rek-O-Kut Vintage, 23.5 inch (0.16" X 0.025"). Price: $16.50
Esoteric Sound, Ramses, Ramses II, Murray, Murray II, 25 inch (0.2" X 0.023"). Price: $16.50
Esoteric Sound ISIS and similar, 23 inch (0.25" X 0.018"). Price:
Acoustic Research AR-ES1, AR-ETL1, AR-XA, AR-XB, 23.6 inch (0.16" X 0.025"). Price: $18.95
Philips GA-212, GA-312, GAT-12, 20.7 inch (0.25" X 0.020"). Price: $16.50
Shipping USA: $5.15 per order
Canada - $8.50 slow; $20.00/6-10 days. Europe, Asia, Australia, elsewhere - $10.50; $24.00/6-10 days.
MOTOR CAPACITOR FOR REK-O-KUT® TURNTABLES
As original physical style are no longer manufactured, mounting will require adaptation by using common metal strapping . Existing mounting holes can usually be used.
Also, existing wiring can be soldered to this capacitor, or push-on connectors can be used. These parts are available at most hardware stores.
PILOT LIGHT FOR EMPIRE 598 TURNTABLES
Original pilot lights for the Empire 598, suspended platter turntable were 120 VAC, 6 Watt lamps. They have not been made for years. The only lamp that is made and has the appropriate base are 3 Watt lamps. They provide slightly less illumination, but also run cooler, last longer and save power
Price: $2.15 + $5.15 Postage (up to 5)
CHROME HOLE PLUGS FOR REK-O-KUT® TURNTABLES
These are the same hole plugs used in vintage, 1960's Rek-O-Kut headshells and in some Rek-O-Kut metal bases. Very difficult to find, they fit 5/16" (0.312") holes. They are made in the same place that made the originals. Finish is chrome plating.
CARTRIDGE CADDY FOR SAFE HEADSHELL STORAGE
PROTECT YOUR VALUABLE PHONO HEADS!
* These clear, heavy plastic containers easily open and can safely store almost any headshell and phono cartridge combination.
* They will accept both single and double locking pin headshells.
* They are especially useful for professional applications where different , expensive such combinations are in constant use.
* Easily labeled.
* 3" X 2" X 2"
"received the 2 cartridge storage cases yesterday. Better than sliced bread...will order 3 more"
(IL Res. add 8.25% IST)
+ $5.35 Shipping
+ $5.35 Shipping
Set of Six: $65.00 (IL Res. add 8.25% IST) + $8.25 Shipping
Non-USA shipping: 1st Class costs $17.00 (The Americas - $11.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available. Flat Rate Priority Mail costs $24.00 (The Americas - $20.00) has been very reliable for us. The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, but with no insurance and limited tracking available.
STYLUS FORCE GAUGE
MEASURES LOW OR EXTRA HIGH FORCES
Stylus force gauges have all but disappeared along with turntables. The few that remain are designed solely for use with audiophile records and turntables and cannot measure the higher requirements of DJs and vintage record collectors. This of course, also applies to professional sound restorers and those involved with record reissues. The REK-O-KUT Stylus Force Gauge is simple to use and relies on the principle of a basic laboratory balance
Measures tracking forces for both audiophile, DJ and vintage record
* Accurate laboratory balance design.
* TheREK-O-KUT Stylus Force Gauge is made of sturdy plastic and
comes with instructions in a plastic storage container.
"Most tonearms aren't calibrated for stylus forces greater than
3grm...a good cheap solution: the Rek-O-Kut Stylus Force Gauge"
On Stereophile Magazine List of Recommended Components
SHURE SFG-2 PRECISION STYLUS FORCE GAUGE
The Shure Brothers SFG-2 tracking force gauge is an accurate balance for tracking force measurements from 0.5 to 3.0 grams.
* Accuracy to within 1/10 of gram in primary operation range (1/2 to 1-1/2 grams).
* Extended force measurement range (1 to 3 grams).
* The Shure Precision Stylus Force Gauge is made of sturdy plastic and metal and includes instructions.
Price: $36.00 (IL Residents add 8.25%) + $5.35 Shipping
HIGH QUALITY AUDIO AUTHORITY HI-FI CABLES AT A MODERATE PRICE
Poor connections are the result of corrosion. High frequency loss is the result of cable capacitance. Ordinary patch cords have about 120 pF/foot. The remedy is lower capacitance cables and Gold-plated RCA connectors. Don't get tricked in buying over priced cables that operate on the principal of high cost and quack science.
Audio Authority interconnects do not rely on hocus-pocus. The cable capacitance is 15 pF/foot. They are in stereo pairs. You cut them to minimum required length. The RCA plugs are gold-plated, and don't require soldering. They offer most of the sonic advantages of exotic interconnects costing several times more. For instance, a three-foot pair of the exotics could run from $35.00 to $89.00. Audio Authority would Cost $19.35.
RCA Connectors: $3.75/Each, Cable: $1.45/Foot, shipping add $4.50 + 6% of subtotal cost