We took a trip to the Rega factory in Southend, UK, to watch the Planar 3 turntable being made, from the first inspection of the plinth to the packaging of the final product.

With the excitement around the vinyl revival rising to fever pitch in time for Record Store Day, it's easy to forget the role of the all-important turntable. In fact, with 48% of vinyl buyers apparently not actually playing their records, it seems plenty of people do indeed forget all about it...

We decided to remind ourselves of the enduring magic of the record player by taking a trip to the Rega factory to see how the company builds its turntables. It's where the limited edition Record Store Day turntable is made and also where the brand new Planar 3 is built. 

And it's the process of making the Planar 3 that we followed, guided by Simon Webster, Rega's sales and marketing manager, and a Rega employee for some 23 years. 

From securing the feet to checking the bearing, to testing the tonearm and winding the moving coil cartridge, while the turntable may sport a minimal design, there's no shortage of blood, sweat and clever tech crammed inside...