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Rega RP1 Issues

I posted the below in the analog forum, but since it's an entry-level question and this page gets a lot more traffic, I thought I would throw it up here too.

 

 

I'm 100% new to vinyl, just got my first turntable ever up and running yesterday, a Rega RP1, and I'm loving it so far. Since I'm new to vinyl, though, I don't know if some of the things I'm noticing are legitimate concerns or just some of the idiosyncrasies of record-playing.

The most noticeable thing is that the platter doesn't spin totally level, there's a slight wobble to it. With quiet music I can hear a slight scratching through the speakers when the "up" wobble comes around but it doesn't detract too heavily. Is a little wobble pretty normal or would that be considered a defect that I should take to the dealer? 

Also, I'm using the factory installed Ortofon OM5 and it looks like maybe the back end of the cartridge is dragging along the record sometimes? I found this picture, which might help me better explain: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28174267@N03/2725159566/in/photostream/. The spot in question is directly below the bottom of the last "O" on Ortofon. Once again, something I need to be worried about? Anything I can do about it?

This one isn't a problem necessarily, but I was surprised to see that the RP1 has built-in interconnects. Is that pretty common for turntables at this level? I got a couple Audioquest interconnects that I was excited to try only to find out that they're useless here.

All in all, I'm totally happy with my dive into vinyl, just need to figure out these few issues. Any other pointers for a beginner would be much appreciated, too. Thanks all. 

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don't know about the platter

don't know about the platter issue , you'd better aknowledge the seller ? As for the cartrige, same as for me  , and I had to reduce the tracking force to 1.70 g to solve it . It seems the cartridge is a good deal tall and the bottom of the arm sits back too low, have now ordered the performance package, the bias2 should solve the issue and balance the arm which isn't parallel to the record.

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Thanks tekk, I appreciate the

Thanks tekk, I appreciate the response. Once you get the performance package set up please let me know whether it solves your cartidge issue. I've considered that same solution myself so I'm glad someone else is going to try it out first. I'll try adjusting the counterweight as well and see if that helps. 

As for the platter, it turned out to be a subplatter defect that retailer took care of in a heartbeat. I have to give a big shoutout to Music Direct for hearing me out, contacting Rega's US supplier and having a new platter and subplatter sent directly to me all within a week. Best customer service experience I've had. 

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of course I will, hopefully

of course I will, hopefully the sooner. Please advice whether your arm runs parallel and the decrease in tracking force has solved the issue somehow.

Also, my platter wobbles a little but definitetely not the weird way some chaps have experienced and recorded on youtube.

Anyway the table plays great!

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tracking force

i also have the rp1 and the bottom of the ortofon om5e cartridge was hitting the records. you need to back off the counterbalance weight to about a millimeter from the stop. this should help. also my platter had quite a bit of wobble in it when i first started playing records, but is  now down to a hardly noticable level.

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Performance Package

Thanks to some thoughtful Christmas gifters, I've just installed the RP1 Performance Package on my TT and finally taken the time to carefully set it up properly. I think the Stereophile review says the package is like flipping a "chunkify" switch, and I've absoltuely found that to be true. Unfortunately I'm listening to it through sub-par components (hope to rectify that soon), but I can still tell a huge difference. I won't bother making as ass of myself by trying to define what I'm hearing, but there's something there and it's good. 

In regards to the issue with the Ortofon OM5E dragging on the record, I had originally fixed that by adjusting the counterweight back, though I didn't have a stylus gauge to see exactly what the weight was. With the Bias 2, a platter mat and a new stylus gauge, I've got it set up right at 1.75g and I have no issues at all. 

I would without hesitation recommend the performance package to anyone with an RP1 and especially to those who are putting up with performance issues with the stock table. Great upgrade. 

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I am so glad to find this

I am so glad to find this thread! I too an new to vinyl and have had the "cartridge dragging on records" issue. I had planned on getting the performance package anyway, so this seals the deal. I'm glad that it was not something I did wrong.

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