Why does it seem to some VE members here that anyone having even the least criticism of Rega products is a troll, misinformed, or just plain wrong? Isn't this a bit rude to other members to question them and their motivations? Sh*t happens, and that's why people post their problems, so they can get help, advice, and support from other members.
While I probably would have brought the RP6 back to the dealer, I can also see where making a slight adjustment to fix a problem if I had the skill to do so would not void a warranty, if they couldn't tell that I made the adjustment. To me, removing and re-installing the bearing is fairly innocuous, similar to taking the subplatter out and reinstalling it for lubrication.
I have also heard about similar RP6 quality issues as the OP described. The best we can do is report these back to Rega and hope that they respond to buyer concerns in a meaningful and timely manner so that their reputation is not affected negatively - only positively by a response.
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