Dual pulley and aluminium sub-platter have been the most popular upgrades for Rega folks. Many began their tweaking journey with these two components. Some may go on after that .... seeking for more improvements. And the others may just stop here considering the rest unnecessary.
What about counter-weight? Is it listed to be part of your upgrade project? I remember it was not on the top of my list either when I first started to tweak Rega TT. But when I first set up my underslung counterweight to test, my wife "wow" at the big improvement!
You have to try yourself to believe it!
Glad to know Yann from France has agreed with me too!
4:12 PM Author: Michael Lim
Pro-ject Debut Carbon is a good budget turntable to commence one's analog experience. It's equipped with a carbon tonearm. With some simple tweaks you can further enhance it's performance.
Motor isolation base upgrade is highly recommended for this Pro-ject TT. This upgrade not only isolates the TT from motor vibration but also improves the energy transfer to spin the sub-platter/platter in a more steady pace, resulting in overall sonic improvement. Many have tried and are happy with the sonic improvement!
Scott's of Harlington, UK , had recently upgraded his Pro-ject Carbon Debut with my motor isolation base and he found the improvement to be significant!
I just installed the isolation base to my Pro-Ject Debut Carbon; the improvement is significant. I wasn't really suffering from any rumble, but what little background noise there was has vanished altogether. More importantly, everything seems a lot clearer - the timing is better, as is the separation between instruments. I would thoroughly recommend this upgrade.
It was easy to install, too - I just drilled a small pilot hole, then used a big drill bit to cut enough of the plinth away to accommodate the posts sticking up from the isolation base. The only slight issue was that the screws provided were much too long; I had to saw them down (and file the bottom thread), but no biggy - it's not hard to get hold of shorter M3 screws.
10:30 PM Author: Michael Lim
I got the parts today! I got them installed and did a little bit of listening. I’ll forward you some pictures tomorrow.
Overall I am very happy with the upgrades! The table is now level on my Rega wall shelf without the need for silver dollar coins! :P The bass is the most noticeable improvement … there is more of it and it is more precise. I can almost hear the 3-dimensions of a drum kit now. There is also a more natural sound to the music … maybe attributed to the truer diameter/consistent speed? Detail improved slightly as well.
All of your instructions were good. The only thing I did not do is drill the 1/4” pilot into my plinth for the feet. The screws I removed were almost the same size and I did not want to damage my plinth and they went in just fine. The only criticism is the grooves on the spindle. They catch and grab my vinyl as I am removing it compared to the stock smooth spindle. Thanks again for the parts, advice and information on your site! I have a rewire kit en route and next up will be a Delrin platter.
7:30 PM Author: Michael Lim
Acrylic plinth upgrade will transform both the look and sound for your Rega turntables. Check if you have a long forgotten old Rega TT hibernating in your shed. Now it's time to bring it out of dark corner and turn it into a sparkling gem with this upgrade! It will be singing wonderful music for you and will definitely brighten up your day!
Sharing with you here the wonderful upgrades done by Barrington of United Kingdom. He had earlier upgraded to dual pulley ( Read more : Barrington's Planar 3 upgrades ). This time he did the acrylic plinth, motor isolation base and aluminium adjustable feet.
3:02 PM Author: Michael Lim
Jason of Canada has done the following upgrades :
1. Acrylic platter
2. Aluminium sub-platter
3. Underslung counter weight
4. Stainless steel dual pulley and silicone belts
Let's see how his music rock now :
Here you go Michael.
All setup and ready to rock. I'm pretty impressed with the setup overall. Everything seems tighter and the bass has more attack. And the best part, all the pieces look kinda cool. Function and form. Who knew.
Anyways. The parts are all together. Looks great and sounds just as good. I can't be sure which piece made the most impact as I didn't take a scientific approach to putting everything together. All I can say is the bass is deeper and the overall balance of the music is clear and "fun". Well worth the investment. And the challenges with the post office.