I'm too scared to try an acryl platter...
The reason is that I'm very happy with the sound now and I don't want to risk too big a change in the presentation.
Colour me yellow
But I do want to try a different mat.
The search for leather has begun, but I'm also looking at other possibilities.
Wich are the most popular mats for Regas?
I, too, wanted to try a new mat but didn't want to spend a ton of money. I picked up a Music Hall cork mat for about $50. It's thin enough that no VTA adjustment was needed, as it keeps the record at about the same height as the stock Rega mat. This was my first and only mat experiment, but I was pleased with the results. The biggest and most immediately noticeable difference was in high frequency extension; the second in the overall improved and more realistic timbre of instruments; and the third in the bass, which was tighter and more focused. I then also noticed that during complex passages the sound was less congested with instruments having tighter and more defined images on a broader soundstage. Overall, a pretty good deal. A thoughtful touch Music Hall includes is a removable center record label support. They recommend removing it for records with "thick" labels. I did agree with this as the thicker records had an "overdamped" sound with the support in place. Thankfully, I only have a few with thick enough labels for this to matter much, so I'm rarely doing any swapping. Probably the best part of this mat is that it no longer comes off the platter when I lift the record; the stock Rega mat used to drive me crazy with this!
I don't know if the more expensive ones such as the Ringmat will make a huge difference over this or an incremental one, but I'm not likely to try them out for a while since I'm enjoying this mat so much.