Dr. AL Wong's upgrades on Planar 3 TT

Dr. AL Wong of Kuala Lumpur has recently upgraded his Planar 3 (Initially with RB200 tonearm). The upgrades are done in two stages and he has provided his feedbacks in two parts too. Let's take a look here: 

Part 1 
- Motor isolation base
- Aluminium sub-platter
- triple pulley with silicone belts

Here's his feedback for part 1 upgrades : 

Growing up, the Rega Planar 3 was the turntable to have. Well, I finally have one. 

Thanks to Michael, who guided me through the restoration and mods, the turntable is now taking pride of place in mt home. 

The music it plays is astonishing when compared to my previous digital experience with CDs. 

There is an organic feel to it and is never fatiguing despite hours of listening.

Added the third belt today ..much better pitch stability. More weight to the bass and mid range and treble is less splashy. Less shouty the kids also in the mids.

Part 2 (upgraded to RB251 tonearm)
- top bracing
- underslung counterweight
- Ortofon 2M blue

Dr. Wong commented further after part 2 upgrades :

Finally fixed the counterweight, dialled in 1.80 gm and played my favourite test disc Tracy Chapman...and an omg moment rushed over me. The mid range is so transparent and smooth now, without the edginess I used to hear in her voice. The bass digs deeper and yet has more control and weight. Front to back and image stability is miles better....Truly the best so far of all the different mods...I am very happy..thank you very much for all your help and guidance.

He also posted in vinylengine :

Re: What Made You Buy A Rega Tt?
Postby klimal » 14 Dec 2015 07:18 

Fulfilling a childhood want...a Rega Planar 3 that was the 'must have' TT for my generation growing up then, aside from the unaffordable LP12. The name Rega Planar 3 has a magical ring and sound to it..and now I am in audio and vinyl heaven. The Rega Planar 3 has had a make over with new cartridge, an Ortofon M2 Blue,an aluminium subplatter,triple pulley and belts, new spindle bearing, motor isolation kit, RB251 tonearm with SS stub and underslung counterweight, all from Michael Lim. It retains the original 110V motor, glass platter, plinth, smoked cover and rubber feet. And yes, I kinda got carried away with the upgrades.....

Thanks Dr. Wong!


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