Hey, watercourse. I concluded it was the bearing because looking at the turntable front the front, the platter, subplatter, and the bottom part of the bearing housing sticking out below the plinth all seem to be perfectly aligned with each other but tilted in relation to the plinth. If I focus on just the part of the bearing underneath, I can still see the tilt.
"A terrible workmanship for their price range destroyed my interest completely."
My thoughts exactly, kalypso. I only wish I'd been keen enough to realize it sooner. The reason I decided to sell my Pro-Ject and buy a new turntable in the first place was a desire to move up to something of a higher build quality. Now I feel like I've just taken a step backward for twice the cost! And the more I get to know about Rega, the more I find the whole culture of the company distasteful. Not only is the workmanship quality appalling, but everything about their product design, the gimmicks they add, and the way they market all of it seems to be designed to pressure you into a sort of forced loyalty to the company. "Adding spacers is imprecise and a hassle and you won't be able to take advantage of our new 3-point mounting technology with that Dynavector. Why not just go with a Rega Exact?" It's an insult to the customer, and it's more or less the same problem I have with Apple. I've just had it Rega's bullshit.
My other reason for wanting to just return it and be done with it is not wanting to have to deal with the store I bought it from anymore. There are a couple people there who are friendly enough but don't seem to understand a whole lot about turntables. Then there's the owner, who understands a fair amount but is just so rude and so arrogant and so unwilling to tolerate opinions regarding hi-fi that differ from her own that it's just an awful experience having to deal with her. Last week I dared to express some skepticism about a piece of advice she'd given me, and she responded by becoming very angry and lecturing me about how she's been in the hi-fi industry for 17 years and damn well knows what she's talking about. "If I say it sounds better, it sounds better!" is essentially her attitude. I just wouldn't want to be at the mercy of this dealer when I encounter future problems with the turntable, which is only looking more and more inevitable. Yesterday, I stopped by the store to return the stylus force gauge they had lent me and told one of the employees (the owner wasn't available) about the issue with the crooked platter I had just discovered some 20 minutes earlier. He actually tried to tell me that it shouldn't be a problem. "Do you really think it will affect the sound? I doubt it." was his response. Unbelievable. I'm going to return the RP6 in an hour or so and get my money back. I'm already feeling relieved to know I won't be dealing with these people any more.