Not with you on this one. For me the Regas are about lightweight and rigid, all things "bolted" together.watercourse wrote: Well, I actually believe that this mod is taking Rega's design philosophy one step further: Rega uses light materials throughout to minimize resonances and vibrations, instead of using a suspension system or very dense materials, constrained layers, or heavy materials to isolate the deck from external influences. Making the plinth even lighter by taking the motor off-board does not conflict with Rega's philosophy, in my opinion.
So by making the interaction between the vibration free motor and the plinth a loose connection you stray from the one true path .... LOL. (That's why I don't "believe" in VTA adjusters either..)
It's really interesting what you have done, and it's really a good thing that you report your findings for others to read.
This Rega-forum is a resource for us Rega owners around the world!
The main reason that I dont want this tweak is that I don't want to worry about the motor beeing in the correct position after moving the player somewhere or that the motor is level to the surface below it and to the plinth.
Just my neurotic self speaking. :)
Are you using the rubber mesh, and - if so - does it couple the engine if a firm position?watercourse wrote: @RoDa: Yes, the motor does not touch the plinth at all, it sits (in my case) on some Herbie's dB neutralizer sheets.
For me, the Rega sound is about speed, life and dynamics. I suspect that in the cheaper models you loose a bit regarding focus, stability and weight in the presentation, but you still get the "live" sound. A heavier TT with more damping should sound calmer and more controlled, good for some, not for me. I have very little experience, but my earlier Well Tempered showed me that though it had some good qualities it was not the way to go for me.watercourse wrote: P.S. I'm not sure it should sound "like a Rega" as much as it should sound like good, realistically-reproduced music. I had a P1 and P2 before, and I can tell you I wouldn't stick with the stock sound if it represents the "true" Rega sound. So I guess it depends on your point of reference. I can say that my P5 sounds better than stock (and stock wasn't bad at all) with much more clarity, improved dynamic range, pitch accuracy, more linear and smooth response, and a decreased noise floor. If the Rega "sound" (if there is one) strays from the accuracy, clarity, and the refined, pleasing, yet exciting sound I'm getting now, then I guess I don't want it.
You wrote -exciting-, and for me that sums up my Rega experience. When I first heard my P5 without all the upgrades, that is what made me buy it. Through the upgrades it has improved in many ways, but still the best quality -exciting- is there. 8)
Regas are not for all people, but i like the way it makes my music sound. :)