Planar 2. Antiskate or not?

gisgillen

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Sorry to ask, but I bought my new Rega Planar 2 two days ago with the carbon cartridge, the Audio Technica VM95SH is on order and the shop will change it (after four weeks). I have read that after Autumn 2020 the Planar 2 will have adjustable antiskate? How do I know if mine is the new version? The seller didn`t seem to know when I asked. Maybe it`s not important. There is nothing in the manual. Works really well with the Carbon cartridge. A friend of mine assures me I will notice a bug difference! Not sure if the pictures help?
I feel a bit silly asking but even on the Rega site there was no place for questions! Many thanks.
 

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gisgillen

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Yes I did that. I am just interested if I have the new model with ant skate? Or do you mean that is the new model? Thank you. You were quick!
 

Shadowfax

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Also, and not to make light of your question, if you bought it new from a reputable dealer two days ago, then you have the current one. These tables sell like hotcakes and the idea of somehow a brand new one that predates two years doesn't fit the scenario. As a former Rega dealer in the U.S. I am very confident of this.
 
Still think you have been ripped off by the dealer if they are going to change that cartridge because I bet they charged you for the carbon.
gone are the days you could specify a cartridge of your choice and didn't have to pay for substandard pre fitted ones.
 

gisgillen

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Thank you again. Looks like I have the new model. No, the dealer is very good. We are in Finland, very honest people. He knocked the price of the carbon off the price, but says I can use it till the new one arrives.
 

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I’m obviously out of touch with the Rega hierarchy, as I thought only the RP1 had no bias adjustment. With my generic RB202 arm I find it actually needs nearer half the normal setting, so 1 on the antiskate is plenty with a 2 gram tracking weight.
I am sure your dealer will do it properly!
 
I’m obviously out of touch with the Rega hierarchy, as I thought only the RP1 had no bias adjustment. With my generic RB202 arm I find it actually needs nearer half the normal setting, so 1 on the antiskate is plenty with a 2 gram tracking weight.
I am sure your dealer will do it properly!
you are indeed correct. My old Planar 3 with RB300 arm was better at a lower setting on the anti skate as well. It's an easy adjustment to tweak yourself.
 

Innergroove

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Enjoy your new VM95SH cartridge it should be a big improvement over the Carbon. I use one in my Planar 3 and it sounds excellent, and a clear upgrade on the 95ML. Audio-Technica recommend 2g tracking force for this cartridge, but I track mine at 1.8g and to my ears it simply sounds more alive and musical. Same with the anti-skating, I've used Rega turntables for over 30 years and sometimes feel this adjustment can be a bit too strong. Don't be afraid to ease back a little. As ever let your ears decide.
 

gisgillen

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This is specially to Innergroove!!! I thought this thread was finished but I was delighted to read your two comments yesterday on this and my other thread. You have filled me with confidence and I really look forward to the arrival of the new cartridge. Many thanks
 
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