VTA adjustable is a new upgrade that I have added to my list recently. Gerret has just installed it onto his Rega turntable. He also shares with us his experience in upgrading his Rega turntable.
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5:48 PM Author: Michael Lim
This may be an odd thing to say, but the VTA adjuster is gorgeous. It is very well made and fits so snug that I am thinking anyone with a "traditional" mount Rega arm should have one just to make the arm mount more precise.
The true reason for choosing it in my case is the future update to a Dynavector cartridge and this will require VTA adjustment.
I attached some photos of my turntable to show the upgrades to date.
It started as as a Rega Planar 2 and slowly moved into what it is today. Starting with an RP3 would have been easier in retrospect, but also more expensive.
Changes include - in order of change:
- End stub replacement to metal stub and weight (Britaudio)
- Record weight (Audio Technica)
- Feet upgrade (Michael Lim)
- Sub-platter upgrade (Tangospinner)
- Plinth Upgrade (Audiowood)
- Motor Upgrade to 24V (Rega)
- Double 45 pulley (Michael Lim)
- Double belt upgrade (Michael Lim)
- Music Hall Speed Control
- Delrin Platter (GrooveTracer)
- VTA Adjuser & Finger Nut (Michael Lim)
Some funds were recovered by selling the glass platter and old motor.
I am now close to the end of this journey with the cartridge change being the next to final step. If the wiring in the arm gives me trouble that would be the final one.
Michael, thank you for your inspiration and great products.
6:21 PM Author: Michael Lim
I just wanted to give you a feedback of my heavily updated Rega P5 (in fact there is not much left what says P5 ;-).
Parcel arrived just few days after I asked about shipping duration. Packaging was very professional and quite bullet proof.
The unpacking was pleasant, so was the stripping of old deck and assembling of the upgraded/new turntable. Everything was straightforward and rather easy to build. IF there were questions I was able to get the right answer by reading carefully and watching your according photographs.
The new turntable is great joy. Built quality and sonic quality are on a very level! Presentation of music, rythm, pace and soundstage are outstanding - quite a lot beyond Rega P5 capabilities.
I'm very pleased with this purchase and it helps me to have Rega at its best. Next improvement will be an Audiomods tonearm.
Thanks and best regards from Switzerland
5:45 AM Author: Michael Lim
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Model : BH18 (USD48.80)
5:32 PM Author: Michael Lim
Upgrade or abandon
I was finally able to complete the P1 upgrades. $200 on a new machined aluminum subplatter, brace, thrust bearing, and a bearing sheath.
The brace required the removal of the tonearm and bearing well, so while those were off I fitted the thrust bearing, I couldn't bear leaving the motor cover off or using spacers, so a hole was made to allow the thrust bearing through. Once flipped back over I fitted the brace, gluing it down, while aligning the bearing well and tonearm. Once in place two small screws were added to hold the brace in place. Now that the bearing well was back in the plinth I attached the bearing sheath. It certainly added some strength to the bearing well.
Everything was sounding much more stable, consistent, and accurate. Because all four were added at once I can't say what each did to the overall presentation, but here's what did happen..... If you remember this was my secondary system, which was admittedly built to be low-fi and mainly play back cd's, I pulled the P1 out so I had a back up table, but still preferred to listen to cd's on that system until now! :o Needless to say the cd sound quality hails in comparison to the modded P1 now and that was certainly not the case prior to the modifications. I have done several cd vs vinyl comparisons after the mod on this system and the P1 puts the cd player to shame now (as vinyl always should). $200 well spent and enjoy my P1 more then ever!
Thanks again for helping,
4:51 PM Author: Michael Lim
As promised a review with pictures attached. Upgrades installed this time as below :
1) Acrylic platter
2) Underslung counterweight
3) Stainless steel double pulley / silicone belts
4) Aluminium feet
5) Aluminium subplatter
Modifications were easily installed with simple and clear instructions from you, i progressively change out the components over a few days to assess the improvements
Overall sound improved tremendously. Background noise floor was reduced significantly, Soundstage and depth layering much better, Transparency and dynamics increased.
Music is much more live and natural. Rediscovering my collection once again and it sounds like a new turnatble.
Many thanks again to you Michael