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REK-O-KUT®  S-990 UPGRADE AUDIOPHILE TONEARM
FOR VINTAGE TURNTABLES
including Empire

 


The S-990 arm has a straight tube, but angled head, and exact mounting dimensions of legacy Empire and Rek-O-Kut arms.  It has precise tracking, anti-skating adjustment, lower mass, and a damped cuing arm.  The cuing has 3X the lift than old Empire arms.   It is a good replacement for many vintage arms as Rek-O-Kut Model 120 and S-320, or Empire 990.  Slight mounting hole modification may be required.  No need to ruin the cosmetics of your original turntable base.  The supplied mounting base will normally cover the mounting hole of most earlier arms.

It mounts directly onto an Audio Empire 598 mounting tube, but to use the Empire arm rest you will have to reposition it slightly.  You can use a rat-tail fill to elongate it's two mounting holes and rotate it slightly counter-clockwise.   For some turntables, drilling new base mounting holes or filing out the old mounting hole may be necessary for installation.

The new S-990 arm used in combination with a vintage Empire and Rek-O-Kut turntables, restored with our new belts and Rumble Isolators, will result in an up-to-date audiophile record player.

*Type: Static balance, tubular, straight, with fixed, angled head
*Effective Length: 8.98 inches (228 mm)
*Effective Mass: 10.5 Grams
*Resonance: 8.5 Hz
*Spindle to Pivot Distance: 8.27inches (210 mm)
*Mounting Hole (to fit standard base): 1-3/16 inches
*Arm mounting pillar diameter: 0.7 inches
*Overhang: 0.703 inches (18 mm)
*Offset Angle: 21 degrees
*Tracking Error: +2.0/ -1.5 degrees
*Bearings: Steel ball bearings
*Material: Aluminum, Magnesium
*Dampening: Rubber
*Finish: Matte Black
*Horizontal and Vertical Sensitivity: 25 mg
*Height Adjustment: 1.5 to 2.4 inches (38 - 60 mm)
*Tracking Force Calibration Range: 0 to 3 gm (for more force, turn
  weight past "0")
*Counterweight: 97 gms
*Anti Skating Range: 0 to 3 gm
*Cartridge Weight Range: 4.0 to 10 gms
*Cartridge leads: Oxygen-free copper Litz wire
*
Connection cable not supplied (see below)

Click here for mounting tips

Price: $425.00 (IL Res. add 8% ILST) + $20.95 Shipping

With standard black mounting base, but cable is not supplied
Purchase cable below.

Note:  It is the purchaser's responsibility to determine the compatibility of this arm with his needs.  Replacement/refund will be limited to defective product


REK-O-KUT®  S-320 MK II UPGRADE AUDIOPHILE TONEARM
FOR VINTAGE TURNTABLES including Empire

SEARCH NO LONGER  FOR HEADSHELLS FOR YOUR VINTAGE REK-O-KUT ARM-UPGRADE!

"I love the new arm ... for my Empire 598... I can still use the old Empire arm rest"

"S-320 tracking force is spot-on.  Set it for 2g and my digital scale read 2.02g"

"I'm so happy with the new arm and all the flexibility I now have"


Unlike vintage Rek-O-Kut arms, the S-320 MKII accepts standard removable headshells to facilitate switching cartridges and styli, precise tracking and anti-skating force adjustment, a damped cuing arm, and lower mass. The S-320 MKII arm mounts at almost the exact point of the original arm found on so many vintage Rek-O-Kut turntables, as the Model 120 and S-320. Slight mounting hole modification may be required. No need to ruin the cosmetics of your original turntable base. It will cover the mounting hole of most earlier Rek-O-Kut arms.

It mounts directly onto an Audio Empire 598 with no modifications, cutting, etc. Just pop it in and it is ready to go. Mount cartridge towards rear of headshell slots for optimum overhang. For other Empire turntable, some drilling, etc., may be necessary for installation.

The new S-320 MKII arm used in combination with a vintage Rek-O-Kut turntable, restored with our new belts and Rumble Isolators, will result in an up-to-date audiophile record player.
 


*Type: Static balance, tubular, S-shaped, with removable headshell
*Effective Length: 9.02 inches (229 mm)
*Effective Mass: 13.4 Grams
*Resonance: 8.5 Hz
*Spindle to Pivot Distance: 8.43inches (214 mm)
*Mounting Hole: 1-3/16 inches
*Arm mounting pillar diameter: 0.703 inches
*Overhang: 0.59 inches (15 mm)
*Offset Angle: 22 degrees
*Tracking Error: +1.9/ -1.1 degrees
*Bearings: Steel ball bearings
*Material: Aluminum, Magnesium
*Dampening: Rubber
*Finish: Matte Black
*Horizontal and Vertical Sensitivity: 20 mg
*Height Adjustment: 1.5 to 2.4 inches (38 - 60 mm)
*Tracking Force Calibration Range: 0 to 3 gm (for more force, turn
  weight past "0")
*Counterweight: 140 gms
*Anti Skating Range: 0 to 3 gm
*Cartridge Weight Range: 4.0 to 12 gms
*Headshell: Magnesium with oxygen-free copper Litz wire,
adjustable azimuth
*
Connection cable not supplied (see below)


 Click here for mounting template

 

Click here for
instruction manual

 

Click here for mounting
tips

Note:  It is the purchaser's responsibility to determine the compatibility of this arm with his needs.  Replacement/refund will be limited to defective product

Price: $488.00 (IL Res. add 8% ILST) + $20.95 Shipping

With standard black mounting base, but cable is not supplied.  Purchase cable below.

Note:  It is the purchaser's responsibility to determine the compatibility of this arm with his needs.  Replacement/refund will be limited to defective product


REK-O-KUT®  CABLES ONLY FOR ABOVE S-990 & S-320 MK II ARMS
DUE TO COVID SHORTAGES - SOLD ONLY WITH ABOVE ARMS


Standard cable has a molded-on right angle arm connector, low capacitance, and molded-on, gold-plated RCA connectors.  Length is 45 inches.

Fits most modern arms mounted on old Rek-O-Kut, and Empire fixed platter turntables.

Price: $89.00



Standard Straight arm cable features a molded-on, straight arm connector, low capacitance cable, and molded-on, gold-plated RCA connectors.  Length is 45 inches.

A straight cable must be used with our replacement arms for old Empire Troubadours, or on extra thick bases, but may also be used with vintage Rek-O-Kut turntables, or most modern arms.

Price: $89.00



Deluxe Straight arm cable features a molded-on, straight arm connector, low capacitance cable, and deluxe quality, machined, gold-plated RCA connectors.  Length is 45 inches.

A straight cable must be used with our replacement arms on vintage Empire 598 Troubadours, or on extra thick bases, but may also be used with vintage Rek-O-Kut turntables, or most modern arms.

Price: $109.00
 



Premium straight cable features a straight gold-plated arm connector, premium Neglex 2534 cable, and heavy-duty, gold-plated, machined RCA connectors.  Length is 45 inches.

A straight cable must be used with above arms mounted on vintage Empire 598 Troubadours, or on extra thick bases, but may also be used with vintage Rek-O-Kut turntables, with most modern arms.

Price: $139.00
 


Ultra-Premium right angle cable.  38pF/ft capacitance, rhodium plated DIN & RCA connectors for life-long, reliability, and
has 6N copper, OFC hyrid structure.  Length is 45 inches.   See bigger

Fits most modern arms mounted on old Rek-O-Kut,  Empire fixed platter turntables, most turnables.  Not usable with Trovatore.   Tall platters may inhibit mounting:  See here

Does not require arm purchase!  Price: $179.00
 


CABLES FOR VINTAGE EMPIRE OR REK-O-KUT ARMS - NOT AVAILABLE!

NO MODERN CABLES WILL WORK!  You're in for a long hunt.  Just to complicate things, there are two kinds of Empire cables: female and male.  Even the connectors are obsolete.  So, it is difficult to make one unless you can find this 25 cent part from 40 years ago.  Occasionally, new cables made with custom made connectors or old stock parts are constructed and sold on EBAY.  They are always over $100.00.  Expect to pay a lot!


ARM CABLE FOR REBUILD OR REPAIRING OTHER TURNTABLES


Solderable arm cable for rebuilding/repairing turntables or adding to old-style arms that require you to solder your own RCA stereo pair. Cable's material is same as above Standard cable.  Features 18 pF per foot cable, separate ground wire with lug and molded-on, gold-plated RCA connectors.  There is a white stripe down side of right, and bare ends are color code red and white for easy identification.  Tip to end  length is 40 inches.

Price: $27.95


USA Shipping: $8.75 (IL Res. add 8% ILST)

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $16.00 (Canada - $15.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available, but has been very reliable for us.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $39.00 (Canada - $29.00).  The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, and has $200.00 max insurance and limited tracking available.


ARM ACCESSORIES AND REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR NEW REK-O-KUT ARMS
NOT COMPATIBLE WITH VINTAGE 1950s to 1970's ARMS


ARM REST for modern Rek-O-Kut arms and similar.

Mounting post diameter:  0.157 in. (3.96 mm).
Total height:  1.282 in. (32.54 mm)

Price:  $30.00 + shipping

 

SILICON ARM DAMPENING OIL for S-240 arm and similar.

Price:  $16.00 + shipping
 

ARM LIFT MECHANISM for modern Rek-O-Kut arms and similar.

Lifts fast, drops at slow controlled rate.  Drawing
Mounting hole required: 0.53 in. (12.75 mm)

Price:  $85.00 + shipping

Any above Single Item USA Shipping: $8.40

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $16.00 (Canada - $15.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available, but has been very reliable for us.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $39.00 (Canada - $29.00).  The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, and has $200.00 max insurance and limited tracking available.


GENERIC ARM REST WITH RETAINING CLIP

These are made to fit arms a variety of arm sizes, but the clip may not function well if outside our specifications.  In that case it can be removed.

Arm Tube Diameter: 0.350 to 0.375 inches

Tube To Base: 1.25 inches

Top Projection To Base: 2 inches

Max Base Thickness: 7/16 inch

Stud:  M3 X 0.50 X 15mm

 

 

 

 

 

Price: $30.00 (IL Res. add 8% ILST) + $8.40 Shipping

Without Retaining clip - $20.00 + $8.40 Shipping


ARM COUNTERWEIGHTS FOR HEAVIER PICKUPS
NOT COMPATIBLE WITH VINTAGE 1950s to 1970's ARMS

(all fit 0.491" arm ends)

 


For S-320MKII arm for cartridge weights in excess of 11-12 grams.

Black finish, 175 grams.  Price: $85.00




 

 


For S-240 arm for cartridge weights in excess of 11-12 grams.

Bronze-Silver finish, 215 grams.  Price: $85.00






For TramScribe and S-260 MKII arm for cartridge weights in excess of 11-12 grams.

Black finish, 215 grams.  Price: $85.00



 

Any Above Single Item USA Shipping: $8.40

Non-USA shipping:  1st Class costs $16.00 (Canada - $15.00) and has no advertised delivery time, no insurance, no tracking available, but has been very reliable for us.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $39.00 (Canada - $29.00).  The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, and has $200.00 max insurance and limited tracking available.


REK-O-KUT®  CVS-14 TONEARM


While made for our discontinued, CVS-14 turntable, this arm fits both some of our discontinued older models, or can be used with some many other turntables.   It can also be used as a direct replacement for straight arms of some DJ turntables.  It is not supplied with external connection cables.   You must make provision for that.  It may be necessary to drill additional mounting holes in your existing turntable.  Some mechanical aptitude is necessary.

In a tight space, the entire base/anti-skating mechanism can be removed.  You can use the armrest parts to make your own for this application.

We cannot advise you as to which turntables are compatible, nor how to mount or modify it.   Usage of this arm requires  use of your mechanical aptitude.   So, please study our specifications.

"the ..."s" shaped arm improved the sound - as it tracks better. Sweeter mids. Tight and deep bass.
 Clearer trebles" -
Daniel Beller, record collector and archivist, Israel

Maximum compatible platter size:  12 inches
Color can vary: black or silver
Arm: S-shaped, micro ball bearings, static balanced
Arm Resonance: 8.75 Hz
Anti-Skating: Adjustable from 0 to 7 Gram tracking
Tracking Calibration: 0 - 4 grams (can track higher)
Arm height above base: Max - 1-7/8", Min - 1-5/8", adjustable
Arm base diameter: 113 mm (4.5")
Arm base bottom diameter:  89 mm (3.5")
Arm base bottom depth: 1/2"
Arm Half-moon base cutout: consistent with 13 inch diameter
Cuing:  Slow damped via lever
Includes headshell and original mounting hardware
Pivot to spindle distance (optimum): 214.5 mm +/-3 mm (8-7/16")
Overhang (recommended): 16 mm (5/8")
Minimum Recommended Tracking Force: 1.50 grams
Connections:  80mm (3.25")  shielded wires, left, right and chassis.
Cable not supplied

Base Template

Note:  It is the purchaser's responsibility to determine the compatibility of this arm with his needs.  Replacement/refund will be limited to defective product

Price: $139.00 (IL Res. add 8% ILST) + $10.95 Shipping


REK-O-KUT®  HEADSHELLS FOR NEW TURNTABLES

All fit the cartridges we sell
All are compatible - fit almost all arms

Not compatible with pre-1975 Rek-O-Kut arms

REK-O-KUT SILVER-ROSE FULL ADJUST HEADSHELL


Made of a magnesium chassis, its Rosewood moderates resonance, while its gold-plated finger-lift assembly will remain tarnish free.  It utilizes twisted silver (0.01 mm X19) wiring,  with silk insulation,  gold flashed connectors for superb conductivity, has adjustable azimuth, and both a top & bottom alignment pin.  Click picture for bigger.  Weight is 16.89 grams.   It's a dime + a nickel heavier than most, so make sure your arm will balance with it.

Price.............$139.00 + $9.70 Shipping (first 2).  IL residents add 8% ILST

REK-O-KUT S240 HEADSHELL

Identical to the TranScribe headshell, but cosmetically matches S240 arm.  Magnesium headshell and multi-stranded cartridge cabling (Litz wire),  and gold flashed connectors and arm pins, two alignment pins.  A good match for Dynavector DVS-2A, and with advantage of adjustable azimuth.  Weight is12.09 grams.

Price..............$69.00 + $9.30 Shipping (first 4).  IL residents add 8% ILST

REK-O-KUT ADJUSTABLE AZIMUTH HEADSHELL FOR TRANSCRIBE,
 S-320 MKII AND S-260 MKII ARMS

"Thank You for a top quality headshell!
"I like the quality of the Litz headshell wires, nice and flexible"


This headshell is made specifically for the TranScribe tonearm, but will fit most others.  This Precision magnesium headshell has multi-stranded cartridge cabling (Litz wire), adjustable azimuth, and gold flashed connectors and arm pins. Instead of one alignment pin at the top of the connector, it has two; another at the bottom.  Weight is 12.09 grams.
 

Price........$69.00 + $9.30  Shipping (first 4).  IL residents add 8.00% ILST

REK-O-KUT ADJUSTABLE WEIGHT PHONO HEADSHELL


If you change cartridges a lot, you can run into the problem of your tracking force being off. For instance, one headshell for LPs, one for 78s. This low mass, aluminum, precision headshell, made by Rek-O-Kut has 2 gram and 4 gram weights that screw into the top to compensate for such differences. All connectors and arm pins are gold flashed. They are designed to fit most S-shaped tonearms. Weight is 8.9 grams, same as on our CVS turntables.


Price...............$18.00 + $8.55  Shipping (first 4).    IL residents add
8% ILST

REK-O-KUT STANDARD PHONO HEADSHELL




Low mass, aluminum, precision headshell made by Rek-O-Kut to fit most S-shaped tonearms.  Weight is 8.9 grams.
 


Price..................$17.00 + $8.55 Shipping (first 4).      IL residents add
8% ILST

REK-O-KUT EXTRA LOW MASS, SME-COSMETIC HEADSHELL (almost sold out!)

Whether you who can't really afford $100.00 for an SME headshell, or you simply want a low-mass headshell, it will fit the need.  Made of aluminum and steel.  Its mass is a mere 6.46 grams, compared to 7.81 grams for the SME.  Other differences are: no gold flashing of rear contacts, and wires do not have insulated boots.

Use for similar cartridges, but different tracking forces - your LP tracking at 1.5 grams in this shell, and your 78 tracking at 3.94 grams in our standard shell without having to readjust your arm.

Price...............$16.00 + $8.55 Shipping (first 4)  IL residents add 8% ILST

ONLY ONE LEFT!

Non-USA shipping1st Class costs $14.70 (Canada - $10.80)  has been very reliable for us, but has no advertised delivery time, limited tracking, and no insurance.  Flat Rate Priority Mail  costs $37.80 (Canada - $27.70). The USPO advertise, but does not promise, 6 - 10 days delivery time, with tracking and $200.00 max insurance.


REK-O-KUT®  TRANSCRIBE HEADSHELL LEADS

 Same as in all modern Rek-O-Kut arms we supply

* Litz wire, LC-OFC leads
* Gold plated headshell and cartridge clips
* Can be used with most headshells
* Tip-to-tip length 1.375 inches
* Set of four
* Standard color scheme

Price.............$28.50 + $8.30 Shipping (first 10).  IL residents add
8% ILST


REK-O-KUT®  STANDARD HEADSHELL LEADS

 Good quality replacement leads

* Stranded wire leads
* Crimped-on headshell and cartridge clips
* Can be used with most headshells
* Tip-to-tip length 1.5 inches
* Set of four

Price.............$7.00 + $2.75 Shipping.   IL residents add 8% ILST


REK-O-KUT® FINE TONEARM WIRE


Our tonearm wiring was originally OEM and made for linear and radial tracking arms.  Each lead is Teflon coated, consisting of 12 strands of OFHC (Oxygen Free High Conductivity) copper wire.  Total gauge is 33 AWG.   Each lead is 0.016 inch in diameter.

Colors are Green, Red, Blue, and White, with a 2nd different shade Green for the ground connection.  The wire can be twisted together for more convenient routing.

 

16" length:  $20.00.    18" length:  $22.50.

Shipping: $8.30 for 1st four sets.   IL residents add 8% ILST


HEADSHELL CARTRIDGE-PIN CLIPS

If you want to upgrade the cartridge lead pins of a headshell or tonearm, these will do the job.  Most other clips are made to fit 0.04 inch diameter cartridge pins, but most cartridge pins are actually made at 0.05 inches.  This results in much effort for insertion and you almost always must resort to pliers.

These lead clips are made to fit 0.05 inch cartridge pins.  They are gold-flashed for improved conductivity, and come in a more convenient to grasp length of  0.577 inches.  For added durability, the clip ends have a metal wrap-around strain relief.

These clips are made for crimping with appropriate crimpers, but leads can easily be soldered onto the clips.   We have tried The AMP HD 20 and Molex HTR 2262A and had good results.  Pictured is a Garrard Lab A70 headshell whose damaged arm leads were replaced with our clips. 

Esoteric Sound Cartridge Lead Clips (set of 4)....$4.95 + $2.75 Shipping


TRACKING FORCE SCALE FOR GARRARD TYPE A & TYPE AII CHANGERS

Very often the tracking force scale on the arms of these  old record changers get's rubbed off or is lost in restoration.  The pictured arm was greatly pitted and it was necessary to sand and refinish it completely.

Have no fear; we have an excellent, self-adhesive scale sticker for replacement.

The self-adhesive scale labels must be trimmed to the black edge.  They come in pairs.   So, you have one redundant in case you make a mistake.  Simply place the sticker such that the 7 gram indication is 3-11/16 inches (93mm) from the front end of the arm, and press down.  That is all there is to it.

Esoteric Sound Garrard Tracking Scale (1 label pair)...$5.00 Post Paid in USA