Today we are going to take a look at the main bearing hub for our Rega turntables. Many seem to be quite happy with their stock brass-made units.

Is it necessary to upgrade? What about upgrading it to the bronze bearing hub? Is it worthwhile? 

And why bronze? 

Bronze is one of the best materials for bearing due to its low coefficient of friction, toughness and strength, not to mention another very important feature it possesses, i.e. lubricity. Low coefficient would mean easier start-up, smoother running and less vibration/noise generated from the bearing hub. And the property of lubricity enables it to run with very little lubrication (in case you may not be aware or may have overlooked to re-lubricate it over a long period of time). So even if there's negligence on our part, damages to the sub-platter steel shaft would be minimum. Of course, it's still a good practice to run with adequate lubrication for optimal performance.

Bronze Bearing Hub
Model : BH18 (USD48.80)
I have tried out the new Bronze bearing sleeve or hub replacing the stock 18mm (~3/4")  brass bearing hub and I am very satisfied with the result. I would say it's a worthwhile upgrade for you.

It's also suitable for DIY turntable projects using Rega sub-platters or compatible aluminium sub-platters!

Try it out yourself! Hearing is believing! 

Let's enjoy more analog music!








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Upgrade or abandon - lrpLakeSide

"To Upgrade or abandon? " This is a common question frequently asked by Rega TT owners!

If you happen to be one of them, why not just spend some time reading the following post in vinylengine:

Upgrade or abandon
Post by :lrpLakeSide » 28 Dec 2015 22:40 
Vinylengine

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. 


thrust bearing, hub nut

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. 


Subplatter, brace
With the brace, thrust bearing, and bearing sheath in place I refitted the tonearm (which also received a new lift mechanism since the last one crapped out after about a year) and it was time to drop in the new subplatter. I dropped the newly supplied ball bearing in, lubed it up and waited for the subplatter to seat itself. I added a Rega white belt and was off and spinning. 

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, 
Luke



Read also on >>> Luke's P5 upgrade 





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Eric Lew's P3-24 upgrades

Eric Lew of Singapore upgraded his P3-24 in two stages. If you are skeptical about tweaking your Rega TT, you can always take a small step first. Tweaking Rega turntables is not just a crazy hobby, you will HEAR the difference....

Let's HEAR what Eric has to say ...



Hi Michael,

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

Previously
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

Regards
Eric Lew



Thanks Eric!




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Arif DML


" Hi Mr. Lim, A few words for my satisfaction, this upgrade parts are really good....." said Arif DML of Jakarta, Indonesia after he has upgraded his RP6 with most of my accessories. I am glad to hear that he is happy with the upgrades!

Sharing with you here his feedback with beautiful pictures:


"At last, the assembling process and cartridge setup are done. Regardless which cartridge I used (exact 2 or ortofon 2m black), My Rega RP 6 is really in different level than it used to be. Background sound disappear, so quiet now. High, mid, and low are more accurate. The soundstage and transparency are much better. 

These upgrade parts are really worth the money.

I basically buy everything that Mr. Lim have except the acrylic platter (I owned it already). I am worry at the beginning that the setup will be difficult but it turn out quite easy.

I have sent some photos of my new turntable. :)"

Acryllic plinth with orange skeletal top
Motor isolation base, adjustable aluminium feet
aluminium sub-platter, stainless steel triple pulley, silicone belts

Underslung Counterweight

Nice acrylic Cover Arif got it done  himself 



Thanks Arif!





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Take a look at Jorge's Rega upgrades in stages ! Now it's a completely new Rega TT with triple pulley with 3 silicone belts plus etc...etc... ! 



How it sounds after the upgrades? Of course Jorge (of Canary Island) will tell you : 

Hi Michael,

I have managed to install all the upgrades and I am very happy with them. Dinamycs, firm and no bloomy bass, nice midrange and absolutely no noise. The soundstage has become wider and more 3d like. I am stunned.

 Best Regards,
 Jorge Castellano

 Here are some photos:

Triple pulley and silicone belts,
Underslung counter-weight
Acrylic platter, Acrylic plinth, Acrylic platform
Adjustable aluminium feet 
Top and bottom bracing
Aluminium Sub-platter 

Job completed!
New look! 




Thanks, Jorge !





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