I recently had the opportunity to restore and upgrade an early Rega Planar 3 that came in to us looking a little tired and in need of a motor upgrade.
I thought it might be nice to share a detailed look at the process of upgrading the motor and bringing this iconic turntable back to its former glory.
The first step was to remove the platter.
I then turned the deck over to access the old motor and also took the opportunity to tighten the arm which had become a little loose over time.
Next I removed the old motor, circuit board and mains lead in preparation for the new 24v power supply to be fitter.
After a good clean, it was time to clean the bearing and apply some new bearing oil, and finally rebalance the arm.
To check the sound, I gave it a spin with Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours', which came out 45 years ago today.
With the new Rega 24v Motor Upgrade Kit fitted, the speed was stable and it was sounding great. I also offered the customers a chance to fit the optional Rega Neo PSU which allows speed switching and greater speed stability.
It was a real pleasure to bring this deck back to its former glory and my thanks to the customers who allowed me to use photos of their turntable to create this blog. I hope it brings them many more years of pleasure.
If you would like us to have a look at your turntable for you or do any upgrades then please give us a call on 01507499047 to book a time to drop it off at our Lincolnshire showroom or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the most recent model of the Rega Planar 3 here!