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Offline raymonda

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Rega Planar 3
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:00:02 AM »
Well, over the past year a friend of mine has been wanting to get a replacement turntable for his ailing B&O. He did not want to spend more than $500.00 and in reality, it seemed that he wanted to spend much less than that. He looked at a few of the usual sub 500 tables that were new. Knowing that he could get a much better table used for the same amount of money I gave him a number of leads over the year, however, his follow up often came up short, as the table would be sold by the time he inquired.

Having enough of this hit and miss led me to do the work for him. So, when a Rega Plannar 3 came up for sale for $330, I grabbed it for him. It was sans cartridge, but I had a first generation AT PM7000 that I could throw on it for him. In a few short days the table arrived and it was in very good shape for its vintage. The plinth was clean; arm was without issues, bearings smooth and motor steady and quiet. I cleaned and re-lubed the table for him and did a repair on the hinges of the dust cover, as well as buffed it out with car lens cleaner. (This is an essential trick for anyone who has a scratched up dust cover and can, in some case, remove all but deep scratches.

After mounting the cartridge and tweaking the table a bit, e.g., O rings on the counter weight and a vinyl platter mat. I gave it a listen. Yep, it sounded good and everything seemed to be operating as it should. His total cost ended up under $450.00. He received it last night and immediately engaged in a vinyl revival, much to his satisfaction. I directed him to TANGOSpinner, as an excellent resource for aftermarket upgrades, recommending the sub platter and pulley as a good place to start. He was also advised to consider replacing the inferior interconnect cable, as this is a pre-Klotz example of the P3. However, I suggested that he enjoy the table as it is and look down the road for sound improvements.

Anyway, here are a few shots of the cleaned up table, as received by my friend.
« Last Edit: November 14, 2014, 03:00:06 PM by raymonda »

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Re: Rega Planar 3
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2014, 01:04:01 PM »
I have had great luck with Rega tables.  Went from a P1 to a Thorens TD165 and currently own a P3-24 with a Benz cart.  Honestly, my vinyl rig beats my digital setup every time.

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Re: Rega Planar 3
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2014, 01:30:10 PM »
The older Planar 3 was my first really good TT.  What you got your friend is a genuine giant killer.  He's lucky to have such a good friend.  +T.

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Re: Rega Planar 3
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2014, 02:40:56 PM »
Killer deal!  I had a Planar 3 and sold it like a dope several years back.  I wound up buying a RP1 this year and it sounds glorious.
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Re: Rega Planar 3
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2014, 12:24:23 AM »
Wow,  how very fucking nice of you.  Can I be your friend?

My "friends"  suck mics record

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Re: Rega Planar 3
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2014, 03:30:06 AM »
Next time you find a P3 for $330...hit me up ASAP!

That is a hell of a deal.

99% of people don't need anything better than that.
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