Marcus' new 2016 P2 - Just upgraded!

Marcus' new Planar 2 is upgraded with underslung counter weight, top and bottom bracings, adjustable feet and Ringmat.

"Now sounds cleaner, tighter and simply better ..." 

Hi, Michael:
I received the underslung counterweight on Saturday and installed it right away. 

The quality is fantastic.

In between the different upgrades I received from you for my humble Rega P2 over the last couple of weeks, I feel that my turntable sounds truly amazing for the amount of money I invested. Every little thing I improved, did definitely make a difference in the quality of the sound.

The adjustable feet were a much needed upgrade for me. The wooden floors in my (old) house are more slanted than I thought. With the help of your adjustable feet, my TT now is completely level. The feet were easy to install and are very effective.

The bottom bracing too, was easy to install and well worth the minor investment. Along w/ the top bracing, the added rigidity does seem to add something to improve the overall sound. The top brace was a little more tricky to install in my particular case, but at the end of the day, I was able to figure it out in between what is available to reference online and your instructions. Not only does the top bracing improve the sound, but it also looks beautiful to me (better than the standard Rega top bracing).

I ended up adding the Rega white reference belt and a Ringmat to my set-up. These two things further improved the quality of the sound of my TT. Even my wife - who couldn't care less usually - did point out in passing, that the TT now sounds cleaner, tighter and simply better.

Overall, I could not be happier w/ my upgrades. High-quality pieces at a very reasonable price. From one enthusiast to another - doesn't get much better than this.

Cheers - marcus

PS: I would prefer the concealed stainless steel grub screw lock for my counterweight over the thumb screw w/ the black plastic cap. Could you sell me one of those screws or let me know where I could get one (specific specs)?

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Karl's P3-24 upgrades....

Karls's P3-24 upgrades.....

Dear Michael, 

I finally installed the following on my P3-24: 

 1. Subplatter 
 2. Adjustable Feet 
 3. Underslung Counterweight 
 4. Spacer 
 5. Acrylic Platter 
 6. Cork Mat 

Build quality and ease of installation are impeccable. Thanks for always providing detailed installation instructions with photos. Anyone who wishes to improve the sound of their Rega Table should consider getting your upgrades. I can say that music from the Rega is now more organized with better definition. Center imaging which used to be a bit of a problem has now improved. 

In addition, I can now close the lid of the Rega without putting bumpers on it. 

Thank you for the freebies. You’re such an awesome guy. 

Again, many thanks and more power. Attached are a couple of photos. 


Thank Karl

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Bill Long's RP6 upgrades....

Delivery to Canada by air post is extremely slow lately. Bill, thank you for your great patience!


All installed, went well and it sure made a remarkable difference to the sound stage of this turntable. Here are some photos of the transformation with the dual pulley and the VTA installed. I played a MOV Sade album last night and then replayed the same tracks this afternoon after I installed and re adjusted the tone arm.....much more dynamic sound stage that complements the aluminum sub platter and the delrin platter. This certainly launches my RP6 to comprabable turntables in the $5,000 range for sure!! 

I am glad to have come across your site and am very excited to listen to my vinyl on this improved sound stage your tweaks have made possible. 

Patience is a virtue......3 months but all is good as summer is busy time outside. 

My system.....Naim NAC N 272, NAP 250.2, Rega RP6+, Clearaudio Smart Phono 2, Nordost Red Dawn power cables all into a pair of Bryston Middle T floor standers. 

I am hoping to upgrade to a Naim XPS DR this fall sometime! 

Kind regards, 
Bill Long Nelson, 
B.C. Canada

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Signature series of  Michael Lim Aluminium Sub-platters

Introducing to you my new, TOP of the line aluminium sub-platters :

1. ALSP-MK2   -  USD175.00   
    Suitable for Rega P5, P25, P3, P3-24 , P2, Planar 3/2 and RP3   
    ( inclusive of ceramic ball bearing ) 

2. ALSP-6-MK2   - 
    Suitable for Rega RP- 6 
    ( inclusive of ceramic ball bearing )

This new design sub-platter is crafted with anti-resonance pattern on the low mass body which is precision-machined from high quality aluminium block. In addition, you will find some special features here :

The spindles are made of hardened steel with sapphire thrust bearing at the tip.  

Coupled with ceramic ball bearing, we would find our TT experiencing lower friction and lower noise level, hence bring about sonic improvement.

It's available for order now!

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Holger's RP3 upgrades

Holger of Berlin has upgraded his RP3 with the following :
1. Aluminium Sub-platter
2. Dual pulley c/w silicone belts
3. VTA adjuster 

Here's his feedback and beautiful pictures: 

Hi Michael,

sorry, that it took me so long to write this feedback. But your parts arrived when I head just installed my new cartridge. So I had to wait till it was burned in.
In the package I found lube oil and ball bearing as well. It was a little surprise because they were not included in the delivery announcement or elsewhere. Although I just recently renewed the bearing oil, I changed it again and the ball bearing too because I thought you would have sent me the best for the performance of your product.
This last tuning measure for my RP3 went ahead: 
-          placing the TT on a crate of 30 mm thick three-layered bamboo, filled with quartz sand and covered with a 30 mm thick granite plate
-          Cardas Golden Myrtlewood Blocks instead of the Rega Feet
-          Bfly Audio Aluminum Weight PG1+ (350 g)
-          160 g stainless steel counterweight
-          Continuous tone arm cabling Finewire Cu C37 + Cryo from Heiko Wingender with KLEI copper harmony plugs (latest update of Eichmann Bullet Plugs)
-          your VTA Adjuster
-          Upgrading the cartridge from Denon DL-103 to FineNeedle MC from Heiko Wingender (a modified DL-103 dampened with CFK carbon rods and 4 mm thick ebony)

Each tuning step brought either a clear sound gain or, in the case of the VTA adjuster, more comfort. The VTA-Adjuster was very easy to mount: I just needed to file the tonearm hole a little bit and replace the grub screw with a shorter one. The part works quite wonderfully.

Your subplatter and the two straps look really good accompanied by the Bfly weight.

The installation of the subplatter was, of course, very simple. Operated with the original black Rega strap, I experienced incredible: the background noise decreased significantly. I got smoother heights and more defined basses. The installation of the subplatter was, of course, very simple. Operated with the original black Rega strap, I experienced incredible: the background noise decreased significantly. I got smoother heights and more defined basses. The detection improved, as did the depth stacking. The overall sound was more coherent. A really great sound improvement!

The original Pulley was quickly removed with the pulley puller, the dual pulley installed even faster. More problematic was the installation of the silicone belts, because they jumped down at first over and over again if I got going the engine. With the lower one even the worst case occurred: It landed in the bearing oil. After I had cleaned it, and then some other attempts the belts finally stayed – and I was thrilled again: The sound is a lot more stable.  Voices and instruments remain in their places, and are much more precise. The middle range is more present.

So I am really happy with the modifications made by your products and have now been addicted. Just by chance, I came looking for a VTA adjuster to your blog and saw for the first time, what possibilities are there to optimize Rega drives. Since then, I have been working on the subject at first. I have an eye on a new (Audiomods) tonearm. But first I feel the need to optimize the running gear with your help. I will send you a separate mail with my initial thoughts and questions on this subject.

Best regards,

Thanks, Holger !

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