This is the newest stunning tweak by Mark Nettleton of Australia.

You may not believe you eyes. But let me tell you, " It's true, you are seeing 6 belts on 2 motors!"

Who says you can't do wonders on Rega TT's?

Enjoy!



Hello Michael, 


here are the pics as promised,although this summary is some what belated. it was around 2 years ago i got the urge to do some tweaking to my all Rega hi fi system,i was looking at an overseas electronic hi fi modifier to do some mods on my Rega Saturn cd player,but the thought of sending it in the post turned me off,the damage that could occur while in the transportation was a worrying factor,also the trend in digital music is moving away from cd,is it a worthwhile investment?

1 day i was scrolling through the net,and i came across Michaels blog page,and noticed all the mods that were done by the fellow tweakers,i had a Rega P2,and really only it played on nostalgic moods,and i really didn't notice much difference at all when comparing it with the Saturn cdp.so with the resurgence in vinyl i bit the bullet and brought a few things at first,namely the sub platter,under slug and cwt.,top and bottom brace,aluminium feet,2 red belts,and double pulley,i could immediately hear a difference when the sub platter and cwt was installed,as for the bottom brace i don't know,as i did not test this individually,also i forgot to order the pulley remover,so i couldn't hear the difference there,so i made another order from Michael ,with the pulley remover and the motor isolation base,again i didn't test the pulley by itself,because i removed the motor off the stock mdf plinth,and placed the motor on Michael's isolation base and heard no background noise,wow,know i am finally hearing what all the fuss is about vinyl.

so you would think it would stop there,no not for me ,their where other things that Michael had,and i understood the modification items that Michael had on hand to achieve vinyl nirvana.next was the acrylic plinth that could accommodate 2 motors,and also another isolation base,another double pulley,and 2 more red belts,all this in place,with another aftermarket platter,and a ortofon blue cartridge certainly gave me a a wide 3 dimensional detailed sound,and a rewired Rega 251 tone arm from isokinetic. 


did i stop there? no,,next was a cartridge upgrade from ortofon,the bronze,beautiful.

have i stopped ?no,i was curious to hear what a dual motor with 2 triple pulleys with 6 belts would give,so i ordered the ALSP-FS6 sub platter,and 2 triple pulleys,and 2 more red belts,upon receiving the new sub platter a problem has emerged,the current a/s platter i have is completely flat not recessed underneath,resulting in the tone arm in the wrong geometry,i then put the stock p2 platter on that is recessed underneath,this corrected the problem,but was like having a hotted up car with the best wheels ,then putting the cheapest tyres on,so another order to Michael,with the his version of the Rega rp6 acrylic platter,and also ordered his new bronze bearing,the bronze bearing has eliminated noise that i didn't know was there,the overall result is with the extra 2 belts with the triple pulleys are concerned is like driving a car with an extra gear,(more oomph) able to give you extra power if needed    




my tt is probably now a hybird p2/rp6,and that is heavily moded,








to say i am satisfied with Michaels products and service is an understatement,because Michael was ever so obliging in everywhere possible,in problems which i came across during the installation process all i had to do was email Michael about the the problem,so quick was his response was like having him look over my shoulder,and directing me what to do,before i was a novice in this field to say the least,and don't have the confidence to tackle just about any where in this field,also the after service Michael provides is 1st rate,and i have no hesitation in recommending Michael,but has my journey come to end now?no,next project a mono tt. 

Thank you for dedicating your retirement for us in this field.


All the best 

Mark


 Thanks Mark!


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Goran's upgraded RP6


Goran of Sweden has upgraded his RP6 with various mods. With great satisfaction he shares his experience in tweaking his beloved RP6 in detail here. Enjoy reading!






Hi Michael, 

Now I’m finished with all the Mods :-) 





Adjustable feet was a necessity for me as you can on my pictures, A wall mounted rack is very difficult to get exactly horizontal in all direction so the your feet housing came very handy and it looks good too. It was easy to install, but I was little confused when assembled the adjusting nut and feet housing separately they were very wobbly but together the tighten up against the tap nicely and makes the correct friction against each other. The original rubber feet went in to the housing with no problem. As it is now I keep them without any filling. Sonically, I can’t hear any noise even if I tap on the glass shelf. 






The Underslunged counter weight was quit easy it only requires good tools. The exact pickup delivered with the RP6 is very light so I had removed all extra weight knobs and the got it right. 




The Sub-platter with the ceramic bearing and 3-belt pulley was easy to install. I didn’t even have to remove the motor, just tugged puller between the plinth and the pulley. 





The last but not least was the Motor Isolation Base. Removing the motor from the plinth was easy and the sticky double glue tape is easily taken off from the motor stand. Following the instructions and trying measure the height for the pulley gave a hint of much extra shimming you need to do. Before the try out you need to put the cover for the motor control card and in my case I had take away some material to get the snug fit it’s something you might end up do because of the soldering on the card.











It turned out during the fitting of the base I couldn’t use the white circular pad it was too high even with no shims. So I use the the 3 rubber pads which came with the package. To get the correct setup with the Base and control card tricky but eventually you will find the position. With all in place after several try outs I was able to hook up the belts and aligning the pulley. Now I was able give some tension on the belts which in fact got a better run on the table. 

Was it worth the money and the trouble? 

Yes absolutely, the solid Subplatter is such a nice piece of metal handcrafted with knowledge and care and that also goes for the rest of the mods. 


Musically I can say sitting and listen to Daftpunk new album RAM and ”Within" which start with a solo piano is just amazing to hear the sound it’s so elegant and relaxed and controlled. It just gave me goose bump listening and the silent parts are really really silent absolutely no rumble or hiss just quite as the black night. 

This was a nice journey to take a good product to be a lot better. I just love enthusiasts in the world. Thank you Michael for your effort and knowledge for us out there with the same passion as you. 

Goran Magnusson RP6 ML Edition

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Best Regards, 
Goran


Thanks Goran!


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Gerret 's vta adjuster and finger nut upgrade


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. 

Take a look!





Michael, 

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. 

Kind regards, 
Gerret Meyer 
Johns Creek, 
GA, USA



Thanks Gerret!





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Dominik's new P5 plinth upgrade....


A "New turntable" is great joy to Dominik of Switzerland! 

Yes, when you have built a new turntable from your old turntable, sure you'll feel great joy ...

Great joy to hear better music .... 

Great joy in bringing out higher capabilities from your old turntable ...

And above all, Great joy to see the fruit of your own effort in this beautiful new turntable! 



Hi Michael 

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 
Dominik


Thanks, Dominik !






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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 of friction 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. The bronze hub is suitable for Planar 2, Planar 3, P2, P3, P3-24, P3-2000, P5, P25, RP-3, RP-6, some NAD and Goldring turntables.

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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