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New walnut finish on Rega's Planar 1 turntable

Discussion in 'audio' started by dave charlton, Aug 2, 2022.

  1. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    I'm sorry but I think it just Like ProJect or some other ultra-budget turntable
    Looks Cheap like Project



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  2. per-Sony-fied

    per-Sony-fied Me in another jacket

    Wasn't the best choice in the world, but back in time this was my first "serious" turntable. Spent a whole day in Tottenham court road. This fed a "home" made amplifier I made at college at the time which again wasn't the best thing on earth!

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  3. John

    John Rack’em Up!

    Not a fan of the walnut Rega 1, nor the shiny piano finish of the RP8, RPI0. I always thought the original P9 looked smart.

    This late 80’s Planar 2 with a touch of green and flatter black finish was a nice look.

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  4. tpetsch

    tpetsch pfm Member

    "shiny piano finish of the P8, P10" ? ...Do you mean to say the almost 10 year old now RP8 & RP10?

    The newly released P8's & P10's are a very tasteful satin like black, not a piano finish "gloss"..
  5. John

    John Rack’em Up!

    Yes, I corrected my post. Satin looks better.
  6. Alun Rains

    Alun Rains Jus Juan Cornetto

    Of course the Linn LP12 now comes in absolutely any colour plinth you would like as it is available in all the RAL colours as an optional extra. It will also sound much. much better too.
    It's just the extra £3k or so that might be a deal breaker though L.O.L...
  7. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    I thought something like this:

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  8. Rosie

    Rosie pfm Member

    Walnut Rega P1 Looks like a Project ready for a John Lewis electrical department near you soon
  9. John R

    John R pfm Member

    I'm a real fan of Rega's green text/logo on a black plinth, it really works well. Better IMO than the white text/logo on my Planar 3.
  10. narabdela

    narabdela who?

    Each to his/her/whatever own. but it just looks tacky imho.
  11. TimF

    TimF pfm Member

    I still think the P9/P25 with the wooden surrounds were the best lookers. Times change, things move along. It is just good to see Rega continuing on though, that is a good thing.
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  12. Durmbo

    Durmbo not French

    Beautiful decks, those. :)
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  13. John R

    John R pfm Member

    They sure are! I have a Planar 25 with ash picture frame and one of my friends has an earlier narrow frame Planar 9 also in ash - both look gorgeous. Although he has upgraded his tonearm from a RB900 to a RB1000 running an Ortofon Rondo bronze.
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2022
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  14. Del monaco

    Del monaco Del Monaco

    Always hankered after a 25.
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  15. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    Is this a post DIY Planar service pic, John?

    If so, then I suspect we should be calling it a service/upgrade, what with that Klyde on.
  16. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member

  17. John

    John Rack’em Up!

    No, it’s in storage. It’s in nice shape, though it could use a new belt and motor suspension. I bought it years ago for my kids to use.

    The photo was taken when I used the Klyde to make some comparative recordings of it versus my Technics SL-1200. Used the same cartridge on each. Best Rega 2 I ever heard though the speed was noticeable slower compared to the Technics. Had to use Audacity software to alter the recordings to match the speed.

    The Rega to me was more musical but both decks are classics. The Technics is a cooler looking showpiece sitting adjacent to the hifi. The Rega Planar 2 with the smoke dust cover was nothing special to look at.

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  18. GruntPuppy

    GruntPuppy pfm Member

    Jesus, I'm starting to feel guilty with all the love for the retro - I'm almost ready to do an SRM Azure upgrade on a Planar 2 (RB250 arm with the green writing). Because it's got the older motor, the only thing I'll be using off this turntable is the arm itself (putting in a combined main bearing/subplatter upgrade, minor arm upgrades too. Did I mention skinning the tops of the 2 acrylic plates with carbon fibre? Hoping I can pull that off, but... yeah. If anyone wants to retro their Planar 2, I'll have a bunch of bits to spare ;)

    Alternatively, if anyone has upgraded their Rega to the 24v motor and still has the old bits (in particular the motor that attaches to the underside of the chassis with sticky pads, not the rubber band mount one) I've got a want ad placed for them :)
  19. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    I don't know why Rega switched to the red as their colour. The green was really nice. At lest they did settle on one colour! There was a time when they couldn't seem to make their mind up.
  20. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    That P1 looks well cool.:)

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