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Old 5th July 2014, 09:45 PM   #1
KarlD is offline KarlD  United Kingdom
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Default DIY plinth for Rega RP3

Hi

I have an RP3 and its a bit of a love hate thing for me.

My main gripe is with horrible thin chipboard plinth.

If I were to make a new plinth out of mdf or ply or composite board or whatever, how difficult is it to get right?

I would have thought that as long as all the mounting holes were exactly perpendicular - which they would be as I would CNC machine it and the arm hole was the correct distance away from the centre of the platter there shouldn't be any problems? And surely even that distance only needs to be within +/-1mm as cartridge alignment would sort that out?
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Old 5th July 2014, 10:36 PM   #2
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If you think that mdf or ply will perform better than the stock one you might be very wrong.

The point of the thin and light chipboard is to store as little mechanical energy as possible and reduce the resonance. Rega has been developing this for decades now. If you don't like the sound you might find a better choice in different concept turntables.

All this said, go ahead and show us the pictures!
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Old 5th July 2014, 10:49 PM   #3
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Hi,

There is more to the Rega plinth designs than you imagine,
and assuming simple substitution of something more
substantial will be better is not a good idea.

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Old 6th July 2014, 09:26 AM   #4
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Oh fair point.
Maybe there is something I could do to jazz it up a bit. It looks pathetic lol.
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Old 6th July 2014, 10:08 AM   #5
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If you're looking for looks, rega isn't the way to go... if you really want a great sounding TT, you have a really nice one at a great price point.
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Old 6th July 2014, 10:19 AM   #6
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Oh fair point.
Maybe there is something I could do to jazz it up a bit. It looks pathetic lol.
Hi

On another forum, someone mentioned buying an RP6 plinth and fitting it (or more accurately fitting the parts to it). It's basically the same but in a nice gloss finish.

This suggests you could refinish your existing plinth for a similar effect. Mind how you go when dismantling the RP3!


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Old 6th July 2014, 11:48 AM   #7
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If you're looking for looks, rega isn't the way to go... if you really want a great sounding TT, you have a really nice one at a great price point.
That's it really. I mean I got an ex display one with the TT PSU for less than 500. It really is good value. Just fugly.
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Old 6th July 2014, 08:23 PM   #8
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I think a different plinth is worth pursuing - It's my opinion that the performance of the Rega is mostly due to their fantastic arms, and the rest of the bits have always struck me as really quite cheap.

I like Rega decks - I owned and was very happy with my Planar25 for more than a decade.
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Old 6th July 2014, 09:27 PM   #9
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Hi,

A different plinth, e.g. slate or hi quality ply of various thicknesses
will change the nature of the beast. I'm also more of a fan of the
bits that are attached to the plinth, but Rega have had years to
experiment with how and what they make their plinths out of.

Refinishing the plinth should be easy enough if you want to go there.

rgds, sreten.
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