Should I? Rega planar 3

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Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by celester340 » 19 Mar 2019 12:35

Hello fellow members,

I currently have a technics 1200 mk5 with a AT440MLb cart. I’ve decided on gettin a rega planar 3. It may not seem much of an upgrade but I just want to try something newer and hopefully a lil bit nicer. I have a creek phono and a creek evolution 100A amp.

I’m not very handy with setting up turntables which is one of the main reasons I had a technics. I still the rega the same? Pretty much plug and play? Will I have issues running my AT cart on that? After the AT cart, I’m going to install the denon DL110. Again, will it be easy?

Your guidance and help will make me make up my mind on pulling the trigger for the planar 3. Thank you all.

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Re: Should I? Raga planar 3

Post by Alec124c41 » 19 Mar 2019 14:05

Both of those cartridges will work well on a Rega.
I can't advise on the comparison of the turntables.

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Re: Should I? Raga planar 3

Post by celester340 » 19 Mar 2019 14:25

Thanks Alec. I’m just worried about both the carts being a direct fit. You see with the technics it was very easy to fit the cart. Not sure if I need any kind of spacers etc for the cart to fit onto the head shell. Thanks for your input though.

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Re: Should I? Raga planar 3

Post by regabob » 19 Mar 2019 15:43

Personally... and controversially being on a Rega forum - I would stick with the technics 1200 if I were you.

My mate's got a SL1200 MkII and its very very good. Its the other way around for me - I would love one of the new SL1200 GR's.

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Re: Should I? Raga planar 3

Post by andybeau » 19 Mar 2019 17:22

I've got both a 1200mk2 and a modded p3-24.
P3 won't be an upgrade to the 1200

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by fudgemaster » 19 Mar 2019 19:44

Unless you only fit Rega 3-bolt fixing cartridges, you will need to align cartridges correctly, moving it backwards or forwards along the head shell, and, depending on which cartridge you choose, may need to raise the height of the arm, by fitting spacers between it and the deck.
This may sound problematical, but with a little care can be achieved relatively easily, and once set will not need further adjustments.
With a Rega, there's no suspension to adjust, either. And, of course, you're on the best forum for advice.

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Re: Should I? Raga planar 3

Post by celester340 » 20 Mar 2019 03:25

regabob wrote:
19 Mar 2019 15:43
Personally... and controversially being on a Rega forum - I would stick with the technics 1200 if I were you.

My mate's got a SL1200 MkII and its very very good. Its the other way around for me - I would love one of the new SL1200 GR's.
Any particular reason why? I know the Technics is a very good TT. I just want something a lil different. Thanks.

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Re: Should I? Raga planar 3

Post by celester340 » 20 Mar 2019 03:27

andybeau wrote:
19 Mar 2019 17:22
I've got both a 1200mk2 and a modded p3-24.
P3 won't be an upgrade to the 1200
Yes maybe it’s more of a sidewards upgrade. However I still want something different. Which is why I’ve narrowed it down to the Planar 3. Thanks!

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by celester340 » 20 Mar 2019 03:31

fudgemaster wrote:
19 Mar 2019 19:44
Unless you only fit Rega 3-bolt fixing cartridges, you will need to align cartridges correctly, moving it backwards or forwards along the head shell, and, depending on which cartridge you choose, may need to raise the height of the arm, by fitting spacers between it and the deck.
This may sound problematical, but with a little care can be achieved relatively easily, and once set will not need further adjustments.
With a Rega, there's no suspension to adjust, either. And, of course, you're on the best forum for advice.
Thank u for the vote of confidence. These spacers will be available off the shelf or I need to make them for s specific thickness. My cart will be a at440mlb for the moment. With the Technics it was so easy. Put the headshell in the Technics gauge and viola!

I would need to align the cart in the headshell by means of a protractor? Never used one. Seems it’s a lil challenging for a guy like me. Thank u!

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by regabob » 20 Mar 2019 08:55

For me, the direct drive stability of the Technics is the selling point for me.

Rega IMO is better the higher up the range you go. Its when they start using better quality components, tighter tolerances, and when they get lighter and more rigid that major sound improvements are heard, such as the Planar 8.

I think you'll only truly know if demo them, and let your ears decide.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by Pikey » 20 Mar 2019 11:27

Would this be a brand new Planar 3 from a Rega dealer? If so then it's probably best to let the dealer set up the cartridge for you , it's part of his job after all!

If you are doing it yourself, it's not that difficult really , I suggest you print out some arc protractors from the 'Tools' section and use those (check you are printing out at 1/1 scale!)

As for spacers , some people use them, others don't ... so I wouldn't worry about that yet. Again your dealer could give you guidance about that!

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by fudgemaster » 20 Mar 2019 20:21

celester340, if you search Rega VTA adjuster, you'll find the moulded Rega version available for around £12 or so, which will offer four different height settings, the hardest part is removing the arm (3 screws), fitting the arm over the cable, then replace it all, then you just rotate it to change heights, in 2mm steps. Just don't over-tighten the screws.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by Jim Leach » 21 Mar 2019 00:50

I agree that a P3 will be a sideways move with the same cartridge.

But if you like to tinker... the Technics is like a Toyota, and the Rega a small block Chevy. Both run fine but nodding an old Chevy is a lot easier than a new Toyota.

So stock, is save up and go up the food chain at Rega. Or budget some upgrades from Michell for example, plus many others.

Print a couple protractors, and try them both with a record you know well. See what sounds most pleasing to you. And you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the deck, rather that plug n play. You’ll feel more invested in the vinyl experience.

Because the ultimate plug n play is streaming. But you don’t do anything with that. No records or their jackets to inspect prior to spinning- no “de-dust” ritual of the stylus and disc...

We do vinyl because we can; not because we need to.

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by celester340 » 21 Mar 2019 09:09

Jim, that’s absolutely spot on! I see u also got a planar 3. I’ll do like u said with the protractors. I’m a avid buyer on discogs. Have collected nearly a 1000 lps in the past 5 years.

I’ll need all the help I can get. Looking fwd to hanging with u guys! Thank you all!

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Re: Should I? Rega planar 3

Post by Jim Leach » 25 Mar 2019 01:14

Your welcome!

The P3 has been solid for decades. My father-in-law has a first gen, with the S arm and it sounds great. (He runs through Mark Levinson gear because he worked for Mark back in the day)

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