Added VTA spacer to Rega

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Audionaut
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Added VTA spacer to Rega

Post by Audionaut » 06 Dec 2019 02:36

So I added a 2mm VTA spacer to my Rega Planar 3's RB330 tonearm and it rose the arm enough to always hit the plastic on the dustcover while closed, which concerns me because in some vague way that the downward pressure might damage either its accuracy over time or downright cause it to damage my records.

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Re: Added VTA spacer to Rega

Post by chgc » 06 Dec 2019 02:48

That would bother me too. If the cover is hitting the counterweight which is very near the tonearm bearings, then every time you close the cover you're subjecting the bearings to stress they were not designed for. If the cover hits the tonearm while a records is playing, that is definitely not acceptable.

Easy fix might be to raise the cover a bit at the hinges, and put some bumpers at the front corners.

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Re: Added VTA spacer to Rega

Post by smee4 » 06 Dec 2019 05:06

Yep, spacers under the cover edges are necessary. Dunno why Rega have to make the cover so close. They do it on the Rega 6 as well, so I suspect on all models.

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Re: Added VTA spacer to Rega

Post by Audionaut » 12 Dec 2019 06:04

Thanks.

Any ideas on what to use for the dustcover corners?

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Re: Added VTA spacer to Rega

Post by chgc » 12 Dec 2019 16:59

How much additional clearance do you need?

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