Tonearm Suggestions

I have limited knowledge on tonearms and need suggestions on a tonearm new or used on a $1000 budget (max) that will out perform my modifed RB-300 with drop counterweight, VTA adjuster and VdH wire.

The cartridge I use is a Grado Reference so it will have to be lightweight to limit that infamous "Grado Dance". I also use a Golden Cross phono cable and the table is similar to a Linn Sondek

I thought maybe Hadcock or Morch because their light but thats pushing the limit if bought new.

Any other suggestions would be helpful.
Willson Act5 comes rightaway in mind.
Smokes RB arms + has better adjustability to a different carts.
Is your turntable suspended or non-suspended? That could make a difference in what is recommended.

I replaced an Audioquest with a Moerch PT6 this year. A big, big, big step up, for sure. But also a whole lot more $.

There's always the used market for older SME's and such.

Good luck,
Go Hadcock or Morch - they will outperform the Rega by a huge (and very noticable) margin.

You can get both used for very reasonable prices - I paid less for my Morch UP4s (I have 2) than what I paid to have my Rega upgraded. After listening to the Morch I got rid of the Rega - IMHO it is little more than junk compared to a UP4.

I second (or third) the recommendation for a Morch, if you want something that is still in current production. I have a preference for unipivots and preferred my UP 4 over an Origin Live Silver Taper.

If you don't mind going vintage (well, sort of), try to find a Technics EPA-100, which is light enough to handle MM (high compliance) carts and most of not all medium compliance carts, should your tastes change. I have one on my Technics SP-25 in the study running a Shure V15 Type III with good results.