Guest Fergie

Guidance about cartridges for Rega RP3

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Although I have no previous experience of Rega equipment I am thinking about getting one of these turntables which replaces the P3 - 24 model. After reading up a bit about it and the P3 there seems to be a diversity of opinion as to the Rega cartridges with some people saying that they are the weak point and others that it is the ideal combination i.e. the Elys 2 which is normally fitted. I hope to get a demo soon but am wondering if a better option might be to have an Ortofon 2M Blue or an Ortofon OM 20. The reasons for considering a Rega TT are that they appear to be good quality, have a solid reputation and believed to represent excellent value for money in their price ranges.

What do you wammers think and any other suggestions would be gratefully received? Many thanks.

Fergie

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How much are you planning to spend on the Rega turntable? Have you considered something pre-owned?

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If you are moving away from Rega cartridges, you will need a 2mm 3 point spacer as the cartridges which no doubt that will be recommended will be taller in the cartridge body....

Dynavector 10x5

Goldring 1042

Ortofon 2m Red

All the above have a good reputation working with the Rega arms. Obviously budget/phonostage dependent of course :^

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Super Wammer

the dl110 works very well on the Rega's. The only Rega MM I would suggest would be the exact. It really depends on the phono stage you have.

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How much are you planning to spend on the Rega turntable? Have you considered something pre-owned?

I could probably save a bit of money by looking for something pre-owned but I'm not well enough versed in the black arts of setting up a TT and just want to hear a proper demo from my local dealer and get him to set it all up for me. Budgeting a max of 600 quid for TT and cartridge.

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I'm sure there are a few people on the forum who could help you out getting a turntable and setting it up. Maybe post something in the classifieds and see if something interesting comes up.

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I could probably save a bit of money by looking for something pre-owned but I'm not well enough versed in the black arts of setting up a TT and just want to hear a proper demo from my local dealer and get him to set it all up for me. Budgeting a max of 600 quid for TT and cartridge.

Hi fergie,

i have a rega planar 3 (got into vinyl a few years ago, upgraded to a Townsend rock, and have gone back to the simplicity of a planar 3 again). The biggest adv of the Rega's is that there is very little to go wrong and as a result are very easy to set up (no black arts here!!). For instance today I have 'serviced' my planar 3 by spending £4 on a new belt and by cleaning the bearing and topping up with transmission fluid, as a result it sounds awesome and is back to beating my cd setup!

As for carts I use a dynavector 10x5 which although on the expensive side of things for a rega 3 sounds sublime. An option for you is to pick up a 2nd hand original planar 3 off eBay for less than £200 with a rb300 arm (most have these) and go from there - because they are so simple unless it has been totally abused they are a very safe bet. I bought my original one for £175 and then took it to a dealer to set up - he put in a new bearing for a few quid and it sounded great, I would argue that there would be little difference between a new and original one (although I'm sure somebody will be along soon to complain!).

Anyway, food for thought. Less spent on the turntable means more on the cart and a poss phono stage upgrade. Because they are so simple (but sound fab) they encourage a little fiddling about with and as such are a very good place to start.

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Thanks for all the various recommendations and suggestions - it's given me food for further thought as to what may be the best way to go. Initially I don't want to have to spend more money to buy a phono stage for a MC cartridge and would rather leave that as an upgrade option, as and when possible.

Many thanks.

Fergie

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Hi fergie,

The biggest adv of the Rega's is that there is very little to go wrong and as a result are very easy to set up (no black arts here!!). For instance today I have 'serviced' my planar 3 by spending £4 on a new belt and by cleaning the bearing and topping up with transmission fluid.

But this is true of any (non-suspended) TT.

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You can get the MP110 on ebay for about £90, nice cartridges for the money. I like mine, smooth with authority and not fatiguing like some MMs and lower end High output MC's can be.

How do they compare to higher output lower end MCs?

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But this is true of any (non-suspended) TT.

Yes, you are absolutely right.....but the thread is about Rega's, there are lots about and they sound great for the money :)

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Have a look at the AT440MLa cartridge, moving magnet, I just fitted one to a Dual 504 tt and love the sound it makes.

Only my tuppence worth input.

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