Rega TT Owners - Which would you choose first?

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  1. Captain Vinyl

    Captain Vinyl Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I recently purchased a RP 3 TT with the factory mounted Elys 2 Cart. One of the main reasons I purchased this model was the ability to upgrade the TT as my budget could afford.

    With that being said, my question is; what upgrade would be your 1st choice, 2nd, etc.....Based upon an upgrade purchase every 6 months. Though I might consider a GT upgrade of any 2 components as a one time purchase.

    A) TT PSU Power Supply
    B) GT Delrin Platter
    C) GT Reference SubPlatter
    D) Exact Cartridge (or equal competitor)
    E) GT Counterweight
     
  2. Art K

    Art K Forum Resident

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    Corvallis, Oregon
    1) Exact Cartridge
    2) TT/PSU
    3) GT Reference subplatter


    ....end of upgrades.

    Enjoy the table as I'm sure it's fabulous@
     
  3. Coldacre

    Coldacre Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Melbourne
    1. Exact Cartridge
    2. TT PSU
    3. GT Ref Subplatter
    4. GT Counterweight
    5. GT Platter
     
  4. riknbkr330

    riknbkr330 Forum Resident

    What about the white belt?
     
  5. Coldacre

    Coldacre Well-Known Member

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    least important
     
  6. Puma Cat

    Puma Cat Forum Resident

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    East Bay, CA
    GT Reference subplatter.

    First thing I did when I got my P5 was pull it from my Planar 3 and install it in my P5.
     
  7. Tuck1977

    Tuck1977 Forum Resident

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    I probably noticed the biggest difference with a lower hung counterweight then maybe the double pulley upgrade from mr Lim.

    If you look at his website there is a lot of great info on modding these type of decks. If you email him any questions he is turbo quick in his reply.

    http://lpturntables.blogspot.co.uk

    I have had to motor isolation base, double pulley, thrust bearing, VTA spacer.
     
  8. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Forum Resident

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    I think I'd go cartridge first. The subplatter surprised me when I upgraded. That's a good one to do next, or even first.
     
  9. el34eh

    el34eh Member

    As someone whom has owned his share of Rega Turntables and still recommends them to friends as a bare minimum to this day as well as following the upgrade paths on their behalf, I'd have to say (1) GT Reference Sub-platter as without the belt having enough torque what difference does the cartridge and PSU matter - if the table itself is off speed?. (2) The renowned White Belt as it will show you that in most cases it's not because of the speed being to slow or fast - it's the quality behind the belt that isn't allowing the sub-platter to correct any set speed be that 33.3 or 45 RPM (3) Double Pulley System as mentioned about ( same logic as number 2 ). (4) JA Michell Technocounterweight as it allows the user to use a greater range of cartridges other then those designed by Rega ( Like maybe a Denon/Zu/Uwe/Midas based 103 or Nagaoka MP-500 ). And finally I'd have to say (5) Incognito Tonearm Rewiring Kit as the RCA's on most Rega's are prone to shortages over time and besides the Tonearm wiring loom isn't that great sonically to begging with. And trust me the Delrin platter can wait till last. Oh I forgot to mention I own a Rega Exact II and use it along with 6 other cartridges that I store as back-ups and still love it to this day, but have moved on from Rega tables years ago - but for the sake of assisting friends in finding out about the joys of Vinyl whom aren't willing to spend $3.900 on a table - the Rega's are the hardest to beat based purely on sound - not appearances like those made by VPI or others that look nice - but can't bring a smile on ones face in the manner in which the Rega's render music so naturally. But then again - I'm biases to tables that actually play notes properly to begin with. ( Hi Art ) Regards, Oscar
     
  10. Wasatch

    Wasatch Music Lover!

    I have to agree with Art K.:righton:
     
  11. hal jones

    hal jones Forum Resident

    Location:
    Waterloo, ON.
    I upgraded my P5 in this order:

    1. TT-PSU
    2. GT ref subplatter
    2. GT acrylic platter (Delrin wasn't available at the time).

    I got the Exact cart at the same time as the P5.

    Here's a question.....

    Is it worth it to upgrade the counterweight? My buddy upgraded his and said it was quite finicky to set up properly.

    And another....

    Delrin vs Acrylic? Should I switch?
     
  12. teaser5

    teaser5 Cool Rockin' Daddy

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    Get that arm rewired while you're at it.
    Best-
    Norm/t5
     
  13. el34eh

    el34eh Member

    :goodie:
    it's all good
     
  14. el34eh

    el34eh Member

    I personally didn't find the JA Michell a problem whatsoever - and had the Acrylic platter on the P25 when I sold it in 2010, to my ears it glossed over the resolution and made things duller to my ears. Yet I'd go on to recommend the Auditorium 23 LP Mat that quite a few dealers are becoming quite fond of on these tables as well as those from Well Tempered Labs. Once again just random thoughts, Oscar
     
  15. sushimaster

    sushimaster Forum Resident

    1. GT Reference Subplatter
    2. External PSU
     
  16. Dougr33

    Dougr33 Forum Resident

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    Twin Cities, MN
    That's a pretty interesting turntable site; surprised it hasn't come up before (at least that I've seen.)
     
  17. Tuck1977

    Tuck1977 Forum Resident

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    I thought so too. It's cheap also. These little tweaks don't have to cost much to sound good
     
  18. Lonson

    Lonson An Old Disestablishmentarianismist

    I have the RP3 with the Elys2 and the TT PSU and love the sound. LOVE the sound! I'm sitting tight, no upgrades planned.
     
  19. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Me 3.
    -Bill
     
  20. bilgewater

    bilgewater Forum Resident

    Location:
    Michigan
    Interestingly, when this same discussion came up at the estimable audiogon.com a while back, the consensus was the turntable power supply unit (@$375) was the first tweak worth doing, even before the exact 2 cartridge (@$600) upgrade from the Elys 2.

    People just raved over the TT PSU, and now it's new and improved. But folks do love to love their new toys.

    This sub platter business, though: hmm. Are we talking Reference, Deluxe, or Standard. The groove tracer site says (of course): "Do not be fooled by the "standard" designation."
    Okay, why not give it a different name?

    I have a Rega p3-24 with elys2 and am looking at upgrade path too...
     
  21. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    I would not change the counterweight. Personally, i like the glass platter and felt mat combo also. The softer materials like acrylic soak up a bit of the dynamics.
    -Bill
     
  22. KT88

    KT88 Forum Resident

    Trade it in on an RP6 and you'll get loads of upgrades.
    -Bill
     
  23. Paranoid_Android

    Paranoid_Android Forum Resident

  24. Lonson

    Lonson An Old Disestablishmentarianismist

    Anyone consider the Herbie Audio Lab "Way Excellent" mat a significant upgrade?
     
  25. bilgewater

    bilgewater Forum Resident

    Location:
    Michigan
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