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Old 8th June 2013, 04:37 AM   #1
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Default Opinions on commercial Rega Planar 3 turntable upgrades?

I've already rewired my tonearm, now considering next moves. The two I'm most interested in are the Groovetracer subplatter replacement and the upgrade motor from Rega - each are around $250. I have noticed also another steel subplatter out there from some guy in Argentina, usually somewhat cheaper. Some upgrade to an acrylic or Delrin platter, but I'm not so sure everyone agrees this is a big improvement from the glass platter. Can anyone give me some input on any of these, or other things you've done or heard of that give big bang for the buck improvement?
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Old 25th October 2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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In a similar situation (though I already have the motor upgrade). Which way did you go? I'm curious about subplatters and possibly rewiring the arm.
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Old 25th October 2013, 05:08 PM   #3
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No experiences with these, but you may like to read this:

Post A Photograph Of Your Turntable - Page 30

Turntable Forum • My first Rega upgrade - groovy baby!!

Personally, while metal subplatter and pulley look much more beautiful than the
stock cheap plastic pieces and the may gain some improvement, they seem a
bit too much money. I'd consider to swap the Rega for a more solid TT instead.
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Old 25th October 2013, 06:15 PM   #4
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diyed "Corian" platters are quite common here. Teflon bolt to replace the metal one on the bearing. Ground the bearing. There is also the higher quality belt from Rega.

community sites t-linespeakers.org, frugal-horn.com, frugal-phile.com ........ commercial site planet10-HiFi
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Old 26th October 2013, 10:31 PM   #5
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Dump the moulded subplatter, they are never round and are the cause of the Rega's poor wow. Some are better than others but variability is high. The one on my P5 was high/low twice per revolution and out by a maximum of .2mm at one point. I know it does not sound like much, but the effects of having the edge skimmed at my local machine shop was both audible and measurable. This was back before anyone made an aftermarket part.

After that get the Tt-psu and 24v motor. Anything you choose to do after that is more a matter of 'tuning' than improving IME. I ended up with a laminate block plinth and acrylic platter and lived with that for a few years before moving on to other decks.
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Old 4th March 2014, 09:27 AM   #6
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Default Rega Upgrades

TemmadAudio also do several Rega turntable upgrades, their Sub Platter upgrade only costs around $100. Cheers
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