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First Television...

A reasonably normal childhood was spent building electric guitars, flying model aeroplanes, playing the clarinet and breeding budgies. At fourteen, Roy's mum asked him if he wanted a television or a record player in the house. Roy begged for a record player. His mum bought a telly!

At eighteen years, Roy built his first pair of loudspeakers in perfectly sealed cabinets. Not the first Rega product, but Roy was on his way. His interest in hi-fi evolved from a passion for music. 'Bliss' in those days was a live concert, a folk club, or any kind of record player.

Then a flat mate demonstrated his hi-fi system: Garrard SP25 turntable, Sonotone 9TA cartridge, Rogers HG88 amplifier and Wharfedale speakers. Roy realised his record player had room for improvement.

The first system...

A Collaro deck turned up on a rubbish dump and after much adaptation became Roy's first hi-fi record deck. When a friend gave him an old Connoisseur, the Collaro went back to the rubbish dump, and the modification began again. This turntable was reviewed in Hi-Fi Sound in 1972, as part of a series called Casebook, which examined readers hi-fi systems. In the early seventies the turntable was seen as such an unimportant part of the system that the reviewer assumed the excellent results must be due to the speakers. These were impossible to miss huge concrete affairs housing Super 8 drive units - but could hardly account for the sound quality of the whole system. The reviewer was puzzled.

The first Rega - A star is born

Roy was now working for Ford as a technical editor but spent most of his free time installing friend's hi-fi equipment and building loudspeakers to sell. He became a part time retailer and found he had to spend a ridiculous amount of time repairing new turntables before his conscience and common sense would allow him to sell them to others! Out of frustration and a strong feeling he could do better, the Planet turntable was born. Roy and a partner registered "Rega" (Tony RElph, Roy GAndy). In 1973 and for a couple of years, Roy stayed at Ford and made turntables in the evening, helped by his partners: mum (who agreed to help out for two weeks and stayed for fifteen years!) and a succession of lads. The first turntables were sold through Cosmocord in the UK and a year later under the Rega name in West Germany, Denmark and France.

Roy was now able to leave Ford; he collected a redundancy check and promptly blew it on a factory in Rochford. Soon after the partnership with Tony Relph split, Roy swapping his share of Rega. Terry Davies joined as Rega's financial administrator.

In 1975 the Planar 2 was developed and quickly took its place in the market as the finest budget turntable. In June 1977 HI-FI News and Record Review announced the Planar 3 saying "The complete unit is worth a look"! Rega's usual blaze of non-publicity.

By 1980 Rega employed thirteen staff, exported to twelve countries, had twenty UK dealers and there were those dreaded 'waiting lists', mainly by eager customers shop-hopping!

 In 1980 Roy found an old mill (Park Street) in a residential area in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. The building had been deserted for twenty years and judging by the rot, seemed to have a millstream still running through it! Rega snapped it up for £30,000 and turned it into a compact but highly functional hi-fi factory, liberally painted bright green.

In 1983 after five years of dabbling and two years of intensive development, the RB300 and RB250 tonearms were produced. For ten years Rega had used Japanese and Danish manufactured arms on the turntables but after some searching Roy found a casting company prepared to work with him to develop an entirely new production method enabling the one-piece tube to be cast.

Rega won an international award for the RB300 casting, presented by Modern Metals 'awarded in open competition for excellence in the field of Aluminium Die Casting'. In their accompanying letter they wrote: 'we are still trying to figure out how you produce such a long cored hole so accurately'. This made up for never winning any prizes breeding budgies!

For five years, Rega sold a cartridge, the R100, made to specification in Japan. This was followed by the RB100, which was designed and developed by Rega. However, the cartridge had inevitable design limitations as it was being manufactured by an outside company.

In March 1988 the Bias and Elys cartridges went into production in house and sales exceeded 1000 in the first month, five times more than anticipated! The cartridges were a vital step on the way to a complete Rega system.

Completing the system...

In the summer of 1989 the Ela loudspeaker was introduced. Designed and developed at Rega, they were originally produced in Denmark but soon thereafter were manufactured in house.

In 1991, a period of dramatic expansion was heralded with the move into the world of electronics and the launch of two amplifiers, the Elex and the Elicit. The reason for producing these two amplifiers was simple; Rega was presented with a design it could not resist! Most importantly, the amplifiers fit into the company policy - which is to manufacture high quality, specialist hi-fi components that are reliable, consistent and sensibly priced. This development completed the Rega system.

A new factory was built in 1992 on the Temple Farm Industrial Estate in Southend-on-Sea under Roy's design and guidance to house the production of loudspeakers and amplifiers and to ensure room for further developments.

2014....

Over the past 40 years we have come a very long way. Now selling to more than 40 export markets and producing on average 2000 turntables alone every month, Rega now employ's almost 90 people in our purpose built 30,000 sq ft design and manufacturing facility in Essex, England.

Rega continues to grow and develop new products, all of which strictly follow those early Rega virtues of excellent build quality, long life and amazing value for money.

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  1. REGA ADVANCED EBLT Dirve Belt

    Custom made high-quality Advanced EBLT drive belt.

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    $55.00
  2. REGA Ania Moving Coil Cartridge

    The newest member of the Rega MC cartridge range the Ania was inspired by the success of the Apheta 2 and Aphelion MC cartridges.

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    $1,199.00
  3. REGA Ania Pro Moving Coil Cartridge

    The Ania Pro delivers tight bass warm midranges and accurate top end frequencies to offer a well balanced and detailed performance.

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    $1,799.00
  4. REGA Aphelion 2 Moving Coil Cartridge

    The ultimate in micro engineering, precision, innovation and craftsmanship.

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    $6,999.00
  5. REGA Carbon Moving Magnet Cartridge

    The Rega Carbon is a high quality, moving magnet pick-up cartridge designed to be simple to set up, easy to install and above all, accurately reproduce music.

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    $80.00
  6. REGA Carbon Moving Magnet Phono Stylus

    Replacement stylus for the Rega Carbon MM cartridge.

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    $55.00
  7. REGA Elicit R Stereo Amplifier

    The Elicit-R has been designed and engineered to the highest standard. The Elicit-R will deliver the best possible audio performance whilst remaining simple to use and easy to setup.

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    $4,299.00
  8. REGA Fono MM MKV Phono Pre Amplifier

    The new Fono MM is a moving magnet disc stage which has been designed to be effective, easy to use and above all reproduce music.

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    Special Price $458.00 Regular Price $499.00
  9. REGA io Stereo Amplifier

    The compact size allows it to be used in a variety of systems and delivers a performance well beyond its price point.

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    $949.00
  10. REGA KYTE Bookshelf Speakers

    Meticulously designed to deliver the true Rega sound at an affordable price.

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    $1,199.00
  11. REGA Neo Turntable Power Supply

    The Neo will make a welcome addition to any compatible Rega turntable by reducing motor noise, improving speed stability and rotational speed accuracy.

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    $549.00
  12. REGA Planar 1 Plus Turntable with Preamp

    The Rega Planar 1 PLUS is a brand new plug-and-play turntable that benefits from all of the Planar 1's advantages and adds a brand new built-in phono stage. Where this model still retains the low noise 24v motor, precision hub bearing assembly and handmade RB110 tonearm with factory fitted Carbon cartridge that could be found on its predecessor, the Planar 1 PLUS features a built-in phono stage that will offer the ability to connect this turntable directly to nearly any system with a standard line input via a phono to phono cable that comes supplied, or a phono to 3.5mm lead. With the P1 PLUS, there is absolutely no need to buy a standalone phono stage or amplifier with a built in stage.

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    As low as $849.00
  13. REGA Planar 1 Turntable

    The new Planar 1 is the most user friendly Rega turntable to date. Now with preset bias force on the brand new RB110 tonearm, the Planar 1 is set up in seconds after unpacking. Simply slide the balance weight onto the rear of the tonearm as far as it will go, remove the stylus guard and start spinning your favourite vinyl.

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    As low as $649.00
  14. REGA Planar 2 Turntable

    Featuring the brand new RB220 tonearm which is packed with groundbreaking new features.

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    As low as $999.00
  15. REGA Planar 3 Turntable

    New and improved design, ease of use and most importantly sound performance, the Planar Three is a completely new turntable, using just 2 components from the RP3 it replaces.

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    As low as $1,449.00
  16. REGA Planar 8 Turntable

    If you are looking for maximum musical intensity for your pound, dollar or euro you will be very hard pressed to find a better turntable at anywhere near this price.

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    $3,999.00
  17. REGA Reference EBLT Upgrade Drive Belt

    Custom made premium Reference EBLT drive belt. Fitted as standard to all Planar 8 and Planar 10 turntable models from March 8th 2021.

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    $85.00
  18. REGA Reference Power Lead C13

    This hand assembled Rega mains power lead is constructed with high specification IEC and mains plugs. The cable is constructed from the highest quality 1.5mm ² copper conductors with fully earthed, braided & tinned, copper RF screen

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    Special Price $439.00 Regular Price $469.00
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