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First things first. The Rega Planar 2 I bought this for was bought in 1992 during my first year at University, and has been getting pretty regular use in all the 21 years I've had it. I've bought upgrades that have made a significant difference over the years - going from the original Rega Bias cartridge to a Linn K5 and to its current Audio Technica AT120 E, and also upgrading to an ART USB external phono stage. A noticeable improvement was made at each step. I was a little sceptical that upgrading the motor would make a huge sonic difference, and it hasn't, but it is definitely a noticeable improvement. The fundamental sound is still very Rega Planar family (which is a good thing!), but the timing has improved (presumably due to more accurate speed control of the motor), the sound is a bit crisper and the background surface noise has reduced a fair bit, which is especially noticeable when listening via headphones.
I found the motor, circuit board and new cover very easy to fit, as I'm no stranger to soldering or electronics. For anyone who has ever used a soldering iron, this is a very simple DIY project.
The instructions however do have an annoying error. There are two spacers provided for the motor fitting. The instructions advise using the thinner spacer for the Planar 2/P2/RP1, and the the thicker spacer for the Planar3/P3 etc. Common sense alarm bells told me this was incorrect, but I blindly followed the instructions anyway only to discover that using the thinner spacer resulted in the motors pulley wheel touching the bottom of the platter on my Planar 2. Which makes sense really, as I would imagine the P3 has a thicker plinth hence requiring a thinner spacer versus the Planar 2 which has a thinner plinth hence requiring the thicker spacer.
Other than this minor quibble which took minutes to remedy, I can definitely recommend this upgrade, especially as it allows the usage of Rega's newer External PSU as another future upgrade, which supposedly makes the motor speed even more accurate.
I also treated the Turntable to a 'Rega White Drive Belt', I'm not sure how much this has contributed to the sound improvement, but the old belt was coming to the end of its life, and 3 belts in 21 years isn't too bad in my opinion!
4 out of 5 only because of slightly iffy instructions.
**Update: After a bit more running in, all I can say is the sound just keeps getting better! The stereo separation has improved considerably. Long, low end bass notes are reproduced beautifully, and timing just seems to keep improving. I've decided to forgive the slightly dodgy installation manual, and add the extra star**