The following details tweaks for Rega turntables, some from Rega and some after market
(the use of the latter may invalidate manufacturers warranty, please ask for details).
Before tweaking any turntable we recommend ensuring it’s working optimally, and whilst
Rega decks are incredibly robust many are 20-30 years old so a thorough service is
highly recommended (we recommend this is done every 5-10 years).
We always find that rubber feet like the ones fitted to Rega turntables have a habit
of muddying the sound and spoiling the timing, especially of lower frequencies. The
standard Rega foot is however very difficult to replace without compromising other
areas of performance and it has taken a lot of experimentation for us to find a solution
that is completely successful. Ultimately the Something Solid Little Link foot is
our solution, this cleans the sound up remarkably, offering much greater definition,
less colouration and much improved bass quality and timing. The Little Link feet
are slightly taller than the original rubber feet, so the originals can be left in
place and simply bypassed with the new feet, alternatively the old feet can easily
be removed with a screwdriver from underneath.
There are two types of Rega turntable motors, all the earlier and budget models use
mains voltage powered motors (easy to tell as they have a captive mains cable) and
more recently they have used a 24volt motor on their more expensive turntables (which
feature a wall wart power supply that plugs into the underside of the turntable).
If you have the later 24 volt models then use a Rega TT-PSU
Rega White drive belt
These white belts are an improved drive belt introduced by Rega as an upgrade for
all their turntables (excluding the early Rega Planet decks). They are made from
a high quality rubber material and are not dyed, hence the light colour (actually
an off white). The belt not only has a more consistent surface but is also stiffer
and this brings improvements to speed stability, with greater attack to transients
and improved detail retrieval. We highly recommend these drive belts as we find they
make the sound more exciting and involving to listen to and are a very cost effective
Rega White drive belt upgrade: £21.00
Edwards Audio Little Belter
Originally designed for use with the (Rega derived) Edwards Audio turntables, these
special drive belts are now available separately for use with any Rega turntable.
These belts are made from a material which is quite different from others, it has
a smooth, shiny, and slightly sticky surface which is (and I think this is the most
important bit) much less elastic than normal rubber belts and much more grippy. The
only ‘downside’ is it can squeak momentarily on start up as it gains traction (although
I’d always recommend a light push start to the platter on any turntable as it prolongs
the life of drive belts (etc) and solves this problem).
So far this is the best sounding drive belt I’ve found for Rega turntables, and a
very worthy competitor to the upgraded white Rega belt. The gains include improved
timing and imaging stability, with the whole sound becoming more precise and focused.
Don’t be put off by its very reasonable price, this is a very beneficial addition
to any suitable deck.
Edwards Audio TT-LB Little Belter drive belt: £15.00
Edwards Audio Snake Oil
It may seem a little far fetched, but the oil in your turntables bearing not only
is important for safe lubrication, but also for its sound quality. Different oils
have very different sonic characteristics and are clearly audible in a well set up
system. The amusingly titled Snake oil is the same oil that Edwards Audio use their
more expensive turntables, and they are now making it available separately. This
is a very high tech oil that is ester based (a true synthetic base oil) and it offers
both extremely low friction, wide temperature stability and long life. Sonically
it is simply very well balanced, having a slight calming effect on the sound compared
to most standard oils but without the dynamic flattening you get with thicker oils.
I find this is especially good when partnered with sapphire ball bearings or upgraded
It comes in a package including a bottle of TT-Clean alcohol and some cotton tipped
buds for removing the old oil, as well as syringes for easy refilling with the new
oil. Enough oil is supplied for many refills, probably sufficient to last a lifetime!
This oil is suitable for many other decks too, please ask if in doubt.
This acrylic platter is a straight replacement for the Glass, wood and plastic platters
used on Rega turntables. Following extensive listening we have found this to be the
best platter for use on these decks combining great neutrality, speed and dynamics
- making the wood platters sound muddled, the glass platter sound compressed and
forced and the plastic platter sound bass shy and coloured. For me this is probably
the biggest upgrade of all to Rega decks, and lifts their performance to a completely
It is intended to be used without a mat, so is actually 3mm lower than most standard
Rega setups, which is especially useful if you’re using a non-Rega cartridge (as
almost everything else is circa 2-4mm taller) and both saves the need for fitting
spacers to the tonearm and also prevents the arm then fouling the underside of the
lid which often happens when spacers are fitted.
Edwards Audio TT-AP Acrylic Platter: £54.95
Edwards Audio TT-AH Aluminium hub
The TT-AH is an aluminium hub designed to replace all the plastic hub equipped Rega
turntables. It is made to almost identical dimensions so is a straight swap and features
bead blasted aluminium for the hub section and a hand polished stainless steel for
the bearing shaft.
Its less resonant nature and far higher mass brings improvement in solidity, scale,
pitch stability and bass weight, to a degree that is highly beneficial, and following
on from the acrylic platter listed above is another big leap forward in performance.
Edwards Audio TT-AH aluminium hub: £74.95
Deco Audio Sapphire ball bearing
Rega turntables are supplied with a metal ball bearing as standard and following
a lot of experimentation we found that we favoured using sapphire ball bearings due
to their much higher quality surface quality (which noticeably reduces friction)
and their mechanical composition which improved transient response and resolution.
After fitting the leading edges of notes become much crisper and more precise whilst
everything else snaps into focus.
We have run these bearings for very extensive periods during testing and have noticed
no change in wear from the standard metal item, so we feel confident this will not
reduce the life expectancy of the Rega bearing.
The quality of our ball bearing is amongst the very finest available, they are made
to an incredibly high standard with an overall tolerance of +/- 0.0025mm and a sphericity
of 0.0006mm, please don’t confuse these with the lesser alternatives on the market.
Deco Audio sapphire ball bearing for Rega turntables: £25.00
Rega 24v motor upgrade kit
As mentioned at the very top of this page, Rega now use a 24 volt motor for some
of their turntables, and this kit allows any Rega design (and the many derivatives)
to be retro fitted with the latest spec setup. The kit includes a low vibration synchronous
motor which is designed to be rigidly attached to the plinth, a hand tuned control
board to reduce vibration to a minimum and a matching wall wart power supply (not
pictured above). The reduced motor noise improves resolution whilst the rigid motor
improves speed stability and dynamics, making the deck sound much more powerful and
in control even when the music gets complex. This kit also means that you can easily
upgrade to the Rega TT-PSU for a further upgrade.
The kit does require some soldering (but not to mains voltage connections as on the
previous motor upgrade kit as they’re safely contained in the wall wart), but we
would still recommend it is fitted by someone who has experience of doing this type
of work, and naturally we can fit this for a small labour charge if preferred.