Here's what Michael Fremer - probably the single most well-informed, experienced, and honest (he does not give only positive reviews!) professional analog reviewer had to say about this table/arm:
"Best Sounding Rega Turntable Ever?
This ‘table sounded as if it didn’t store or waste any of the considerable energy produced at the stylus/groove interface, dumped into the soon to be reviewed $21,000 Thrax phono preamp, which has prodigious bass reproducing abilities. Had low frequency slop entered, it would have pour forth alarmingly.
The bass this ‘table transmitted was taut, exceedingly clean, very well-extended, powerful and masterfully articulated.
When Brown digs for the deepest notes, you don’t get the woody fullness my big rig delivers, **but the pluck’s power and sensational articulation make a case for the RP8’s rendering**. The same was true of Harris’s piano. Less woody sounding board **but the transient clarity more than makes up for that** and there was sufficient harmonic and textural follow through to produce a sufficiently rich, full piano sound that never sounded metallic, “tinkly” or incomplete.
[He's saying even the RP8's *bass* performance is comparable in quality though not identical to his $100,000+ rig - bass is one area where ultra-expensive tables really tend to shine.]
The trio emerged from absolute blackness, thanks to both the stunningly quiet pressing and the RP8’s ability to suppress what little residual groove noise there was and its ability to unleash fierce amounts of fully gripped perfectly timed, pulsating energy.
Dynamics both micro and macro were well expressed, particularly for a turntable/arm combo at this price point. The background pitch-blackness was also well beyond what one expects at this price point.
...Rega’s new $2995 RP8 turntable/RB808 arm combo is the most exciting and truly revolutionary turntable to be introduced in quite some time. It’s one I know I will strongly recommend to those looking for a high quality vinyl introduction, particularly as a “plug and play” for $3995 fitted with the Apheta MC cartridge. It will blow their digital minds."
I've got an RP8 in excellent condition. I'm the 2nd owner and have used the table for about a year.
After I bought the table I had the arm redone with Incognito wiring - another leap in performance. That cost $250.
Pics show the skeletal plinth but I have the full plinth also, with dustcover. Factory packaging in fine shape.
Yes, the speed controller is included - that is standard on the RP8.
The cartridge is an Apheta 1, not 2, with about 500 hours. It's an excellent cartridge (as long as you load it properly). (Note: In the pics of the table that is a different cart on the arm. I used a Shelter cart as well.) The cart is basically free at the price I'm asking.
I would love local pickup so, as a bonus, I'll throw in the Neuance platform I bought for the table for $220. These are very hard to get now and are known as perhaps the best isolation device for Rega tables.
The Herbie's record mat is also included.
The table is now packed and ready for shipping (and I know how to pack a Rega turntable).