Marcus' new 2016 P2 - Just upgraded!

Marcus of Elmhurst, Illinois has upgraded his new Planar 2 with underslung counter weight, top and bottom bracings, adjustable feet and Ringmat. Here's his pictures and feedback:

"Now sounds cleaner, tighter and simply better ..." 

Hi, Michael:
I received the underslung counterweight on Saturday and installed it right away. 

The quality is fantastic.

In between the different upgrades I received from you for my humble Rega P2 over the last couple of weeks, I feel that my turntable sounds truly amazing for the amount of money I invested. Every little thing I improved, did definitely make a difference in the quality of the sound.

The adjustable feet were a much needed upgrade for me. The wooden floors in my (old) house are more slanted than I thought. With the help of your adjustable feet, my TT now is completely level. The feet were easy to install and are very effective.

The bottom bracing too, was easy to install and well worth the minor investment. Along w/ the top bracing, the added rigidity does seem to add something to improve the overall sound. The top brace was a little more tricky to install in my particular case, but at the end of the day, I was able to figure it out in between what is available to reference online and your instructions. Not only does the top bracing improve the sound, but it also looks beautiful to me (better than the standard Rega top bracing).

I ended up adding the Rega white reference belt and a Ringmat to my set-up. These two things further improved the quality of the sound of my TT. Even my wife - who couldn't care less usually - did point out in passing, that the TT now sounds cleaner, tighter and simply better.

Overall, I could not be happier w/ my upgrades. High-quality pieces at a very reasonable price. From one enthusiast to another - doesn't get much better than this.

Cheers - marcus

PS: I would prefer the concealed stainless steel grub screw lock for my counterweight over the thumb screw w/ the black plastic cap. Could you sell me one of those screws or let me know where I could get one (specific specs)?

Thanks Marcus!

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Karl's P3-24 upgrades....

Karls's P3-24 upgrades.....

Dear Michael, 

I finally installed the following on my P3-24: 

 1. Subplatter 
 2. Adjustable Feet 
 3. Underslung Counterweight 
 4. Spacer 
 5. Acrylic Platter 
 6. Cork Mat 

Build quality and ease of installation are impeccable. Thanks for always providing detailed installation instructions with photos. Anyone who wishes to improve the sound of their Rega Table should consider getting your upgrades. I can say that music from the Rega is now more organized with better definition. Center imaging which used to be a bit of a problem has now improved. 

In addition, I can now close the lid of the Rega without putting bumpers on it. 

Thank you for the freebies. You’re such an awesome guy. 

Again, many thanks and more power. Attached are a couple of photos. 


Thank Karl

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Bill Long's RP6 upgrades....

Delivery to Canada by air post is extremely slow lately. Bill, thank you for your great patience!


All installed, went well and it sure made a remarkable difference to the sound stage of this turntable. Here are some photos of the transformation with the dual pulley and the VTA installed. I played a MOV Sade album last night and then replayed the same tracks this afternoon after I installed and re adjusted the tone arm.....much more dynamic sound stage that complements the aluminum sub platter and the delrin platter. This certainly launches my RP6 to comprabable turntables in the $5,000 range for sure!! 

I am glad to have come across your site and am very excited to listen to my vinyl on this improved sound stage your tweaks have made possible. 

Patience is a virtue......3 months but all is good as summer is busy time outside. 

My system.....Naim NAC N 272, NAP 250.2, Rega RP6+, Clearaudio Smart Phono 2, Nordost Red Dawn power cables all into a pair of Bryston Middle T floor standers. 

I am hoping to upgrade to a Naim XPS DR this fall sometime! 

Kind regards, 
Bill Long Nelson, 
B.C. Canada

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Signature series of  Michael Lim Aluminium Sub-platters

Introducing to you my new, TOP of the line aluminium sub-platters :

1. ALSP-MK2   -  USD175.00   
    Suitable for Rega P5, P25, P3, P3-24 , P2, Planar 3/2 and RP3   
    ( inclusive of ceramic ball bearing ) 

2. ALSP-6-MK2   - 
    Suitable for Rega RP- 6 
    ( inclusive of ceramic ball bearing )

This new design sub-platter is crafted with anti-resonance pattern on the low mass body which is precision-machined from high quality aluminium block. In addition, you will find some special features here :

The spindles are made of hardened steel with sapphire thrust bearing at the tip.  

Coupled with ceramic ball bearing, we would find our TT experiencing lower friction and lower noise level, hence bring about sonic improvement.

It's available for order now!

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Holger's RP3 upgrades

Holger of Berlin has upgraded his RP3 with the following :
1. Aluminium Sub-platter
2. Dual pulley c/w silicone belts
3. VTA adjuster 

Here's his feedback and beautiful pictures: 

Hi Michael,

sorry, that it took me so long to write this feedback. But your parts arrived when I head just installed my new cartridge. So I had to wait till it was burned in.
In the package I found lube oil and ball bearing as well. It was a little surprise because they were not included in the delivery announcement or elsewhere. Although I just recently renewed the bearing oil, I changed it again and the ball bearing too because I thought you would have sent me the best for the performance of your product.
This last tuning measure for my RP3 went ahead: 
-          placing the TT on a crate of 30 mm thick three-layered bamboo, filled with quartz sand and covered with a 30 mm thick granite plate
-          Cardas Golden Myrtlewood Blocks instead of the Rega Feet
-          Bfly Audio Aluminum Weight PG1+ (350 g)
-          160 g stainless steel counterweight
-          Continuous tone arm cabling Finewire Cu C37 + Cryo from Heiko Wingender with KLEI copper harmony plugs (latest update of Eichmann Bullet Plugs)
-          your VTA Adjuster
-          Upgrading the cartridge from Denon DL-103 to FineNeedle MC from Heiko Wingender (a modified DL-103 dampened with CFK carbon rods and 4 mm thick ebony)

Each tuning step brought either a clear sound gain or, in the case of the VTA adjuster, more comfort. The VTA-Adjuster was very easy to mount: I just needed to file the tonearm hole a little bit and replace the grub screw with a shorter one. The part works quite wonderfully.

Your subplatter and the two straps look really good accompanied by the Bfly weight.

The installation of the subplatter was, of course, very simple. Operated with the original black Rega strap, I experienced incredible: the background noise decreased significantly. I got smoother heights and more defined basses. The installation of the subplatter was, of course, very simple. Operated with the original black Rega strap, I experienced incredible: the background noise decreased significantly. I got smoother heights and more defined basses. The detection improved, as did the depth stacking. The overall sound was more coherent. A really great sound improvement!

The original Pulley was quickly removed with the pulley puller, the dual pulley installed even faster. More problematic was the installation of the silicone belts, because they jumped down at first over and over again if I got going the engine. With the lower one even the worst case occurred: It landed in the bearing oil. After I had cleaned it, and then some other attempts the belts finally stayed – and I was thrilled again: The sound is a lot more stable.  Voices and instruments remain in their places, and are much more precise. The middle range is more present.

So I am really happy with the modifications made by your products and have now been addicted. Just by chance, I came looking for a VTA adjuster to your blog and saw for the first time, what possibilities are there to optimize Rega drives. Since then, I have been working on the subject at first. I have an eye on a new (Audiomods) tonearm. But first I feel the need to optimize the running gear with your help. I will send you a separate mail with my initial thoughts and questions on this subject.

Best regards,

Thanks, Holger !

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Euan Robertson - Some tips for you ....

Any new ideas to tweak turntable? Something you may look forward to when you visit my site.  Today we have some tips from Euan Roberton of New Zealand. Try it out yourself!


Hello Michael 

Having recently fitted your bearing sheath, thrust bearing, and M3 long screws with butterfly nuts to my RP1, I am once again on the upgrade path. 

This time I am investing in an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge and would like to buy the serrated 3-point VTA spacer which matches the cartridge and my 12mm glass platter. I have not sent you any pictures of my system set-up or tweaks as so far, anything I have done has been very well covered by your site already. 

I have attached some photos this time however to show you the .5mm silicone spacer between the sub platter and glass platter (photo 898), and the rubber spacers between the plinth and tone arm mounts. 

I believe the silicone ring has ensured a more positive connection between the sub and main platters and has made some contribution to pitch stability. The rubber spacers (photo 899) have definitely improved the isolation of the tone arm from the plinth - I used to be able to hear the acrylic cover touch the plinth if I lowered it after the stylus was in the groove, and lightly tapping the plinth would produce feedback as well. This has now stopped. 

Thanks and kind regards 
Euan Robertson

Thanks Euan!

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Julius's upgrades on his 2016 Planar 3

Julius of Sweden has added some mods to his good sounding 2016 Planar 3....

"Music is even more enjoyable- Analog music is so more fun!  I actually ended up dancing with my wife the whole evening after upgrading...". 

Wonderful! Shall we dance .....

Hello Michael, 

I received your products the other day and had a lot of fun upgrading my deck.

The result? 

Simply amazing! 

The music now has a much more stable foundation whilst dynamic and detail is much more present. I installed all the items at once. Adjustable aluminum feet, Double pulley with silicon belts, aluminum subplatter and acrylic platter. Music is even more enjoyable - Analog music is so more fun! I actually ended up dancing with my wife the whole evening after upgrading. Thank you very much! 

Right now I’m using the deck without a mat as my previous wool mat seemed to muddy things up. What type of cork mat do you recommend, That is what thickness? I use a rega chart and have no vta adjustment installed and plan to keep it that way. 

Picture here 

Keep up the good work! 

Regards from Sweden, 

Thanks, Julius!

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Peter Sherriff's new Red Isolation Platform

Surprised to see Peter's Red isolation platform? Yes, it's one and only one I got it done for him. Glad to know he enjoys the fun in tweaking!

Thanks Peter for sharing with us your experience :

Hi Michael, 

The isolation platform arrived last Thursday. Sorry, this is the first chance I’ve had to email you about it as my wife and I went on a short trip the next day and have only just returned. 

As usual, it arrived securely packed and arrived 8 days after you sent it (Malaysia to Australia). 

Setting up was easy. Just screwed in the metal feet , made sure it was level by using a spirit level, and just sat the turntable on top of it. 

I bought my Rega RP3 about 6 years ago and I thought I would post some pictures to show the journey it’s taken since. This is how it looked when I first took it out of its box. Just your stock standard RP3 in “cool grey”. 

This is how it looks now. 

As you can see, it looks nothing like it did originally, thanks to your modifications. 

In summary, these are the modifications that I have made to it: 

Michael Lim modifications: 
- New clear acrylic plinth with braced gloss red top and adjustable aluminium isolation feet  
- New aluminium sub-platter 
- New stainless steel dual pulley (fitted with 2 x Rega White Drive Belts) 
- New acrylic platter 
- New red isolation platform

Other modifications: 
- Ortofon 2M Bronze Phono Cartridge 
- Rega TT-PSU 
- Rega Fono MM Phono Preamp 
- Analogue Seduction red leather platter mat 
- J A Mitchell Record Clamp 

I first started noticing a difference in sound when I installed your acrylic platter, aluminium sub-platter and dual pulley about 5 years ago. Then, last year, the clear acrylic plinth and now the isolation platform. 

How do I describe the sound now? Well, the base is solid without being booming and the treble is bright without being too sunny. As far as the clarity is concerned, I am hearing stuff in the background that sounds like it has been brought forward. 

I was playing some Nick Drake today and I could hear his fingers moving along the frets and his breathing in just before singing words. 

This may not be a very professional and knowledgeable way of describing how my Rega sounds now but, all I can say, is that this baby is really purring like a kitten! 

I know that, with the money spent on these modifications, I could have bought a more expensive turntable…but where’s the fun in that! 

Michael, thank you for not just providing all these fine modifications for us turntable enthusiasts, but also your polite and prompt assistance when we get a little lost and confused. 

It has been a pleasure dealing with you. 

Kind Regards 
Peter Sherriff 

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Daniel Bembibre's upgrades and feedback

Upgrade in stages is one way to go about in TT tweaking ; no hurry at all, take 
your time and it can be fun too!

Daniel of Spain shares with us his feedback after several upgrades:

Hi Michael,

i receive today my order, all the parts take land in Spain in perfect shape. 

Installation was very easy, the only thing with the subplatter was the necessity of change my blue Edwards audio belt (33.1rpm) by the default black rega (33.3rpm) to increase the speed of the platter. 

All work fine, with good pitch stability, and the feet are great

Thanks a lot. 

Keep in touch 

Best regards from Spain

Daniel has added some new upgrades : Dual Pulley and silicone belts!

He is happily enjoying analogue music with his "NEW" TT!

Hi Michael,

I received and installed, sound fantastic, i test with my Ortofon 2M bronze and Goldring 2400, and i have noticed with a very good bass, sound more rich and clean.

Thanks Daniel

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Miro's RP3 TT upgrades

Every stage of tweaking and upgrade to a Rega turntable brings about sonic improvement....  as you can see from the effort of everyone who shares his experience here!

Today sharing with us here is Miro's (of Croatia) RP3 with various upgrades. Let see what he has to say ....


Dear Michael, 

At last I got to write the feedback on the upgrades and snap some photos, so here it is: 

Upgrades for my Rega RP3 were installed in three stages 

I) adjustable aluminium feet

II) dual pulley with two silicone belts, aluminium subplatter 

III) counterweight 

Even though every stage contributed to the sonic improvement, the biggest changes came after installation of the subplatter and counterweight. Overall the soundstage is bigger, bass sounds tighter and deeper with improved dynamics. Also noise floor was significantly reduced. I am very pleased with the ease of installation and the quality of the parts. 

Thanks for the great products! 

All the best in 2017! 
Br, Miro

Thanks, Miro!

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Hi Mr Lim, 

I have the pleasure to inform you that yesterday I received your parcel containing the pulley that I had ordered. 

After getting it in my hands I immediately appreciated its substantial weight and 'extreme accuracy of the invoice. I easily removed the old plastic pulley (with hands).

To fit the new pulley on the shaft of the motor I used a spray lubricant and the transaction was completed in a very short time and with success. 

After I turned on my system and after an hour I started listening to some of my favorite LP. I was amazed by the excellent positive result. I can safely say that the sound has improved on all parameters and in particular: 

- Greater sense of dynamics with excellent bass control. 
- Greater distinction of sound levels with a scene in clearest detail. 

The consequence of all this has turned into a desire to raise more and more the volume of! 

I highly recommend to all this. 

From now on my Rega Planar 3 has been enriched by a beautiful new story! 

Thank you, 

Thanks, Alfred!

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