Tango Spinner Review

So when I purchased the Rega Planar 2 last week, one of the things I did was search upgrades.
Tango Spinner was one of them that came up. I did some research on the sonic benefits of the new plinth and multiple belts on the pulley.
I received the shipment from Buenos Aires AR this morning.
I will be updating this thread with the unboxing, installation and review over the next few hours.
2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc

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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 1,802
    edited December 2018
    Ok. So got the package from Fedex and it was a square box shipped in a plastic shipping envelope.
    The contents inside were very well wrapped.


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    What you see there is:
    The new Spindle, two silicone belts, a new bearing, new pulley, record weight and washer.

    All of these were wrapped in plastic inside the bubble wrap and well protected. After unwrapping the plastic and laying out, the fit and finish on these parts are stellar!!

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    I had to prep for the new parts by doing the following, I removed the stick spindle by pulling up slowly and lifting out of the hub. I then used a straw to “grab” the old bearing inside the sleeve

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    Then I used two spoons to get under the stick pulley to create leverage and pry it off. Apparently Rega uses glue to secure these. This was easy and I had no issues.

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    Now all set for new parts

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    First I removed the bottom motor cover so I could create back pressure on the motor while pushing on the new pulley.

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    Then I took some synthetic motor oil and put just a smidge on the new bearing and dropped it in the sleeve. Then took the same oil between my fingers and wiped on the stem of the spindle and proceeded to mount the spindle into the sleeve.
    Lastly put the two belts around the spindle and pulley

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    After verifying all is in place and no issues I turned on the motor without the platter to make sure there was free spinning and nothing out of place. And voila!! Looks awesome!

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    Now I am going to start listening to some LP’s now to see if I hear some of the differences that others have heard although admittedly this deck is decently new to me so not sure how much I’ll be able to tell. But confident in other reviews about the benefits of this upgrade.

    Shout out to Gus with Tango Spinner as not only was he super helpful, but offered me a free upgrade to the brass pulley AND shipped it priority! Great company to deal with down south of the equator.

    Thanks for reading!

    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 1,802
    Amazing. Even not knowing this table for long, I am familiar enough with the noise floor. Which just went down dramatically. Listening to Eric Bibb which is just vocal and acoustic guitar. Stunning black behind the music.
    If you have a Rega, I strongly suggest you do this.
    2ch: PS Audio Stellar Gain pre, 4 x Linn LK240 monoblocks ( bi-amping) Elac Adante AF-61's, SVS SB16 Ultra Subwoofer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2, Rega Planar 2 with Canaro 2 subplatter, dual belt pulley and upgraded bearing, Rega Ania MC cart, Vincent PHO 701 Phono pre with Mullard NOS 12au7, Audioquest Niagara 1000, AQ Thunder, AQ red river XLR's and Victoria IC's, Wireworld Stratus and Aurora power cables, Atlas EOS power cable, Denon 2910 (as transport) Sony CPD355 Jukebox cd

    5.1: Marantz sr5003 (feeding mains through HT bypass) Sonus Faber solo center, AQ Carbon HDMI's, Sony XBRx900E, Xbox One S as 4k player, Definitive Technology SM350's surrounds, Tivo Bolt, Harmony Elite remote

    Other gear: Totem Rainmakers (not hooked up) Sonos play 5 and play 1's x 2, Audio Technica TT and Edifier active speakers in kids room, JVC XM448 minidisc rack mount, Sony minidisc walkman, Project Debut III (currently not working), Samsung 46, and 2 x32" tvs, Samsung Soundbar, Okki Nokki LP cleaner, Second Harmony remote setup for bedroom, etc etc
  • Very nice write up! Great looking table!
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,602
    That TT is a beauty enjoy it, let us know how the Tango Spinner is working for you once you get some time with it.
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