Hi, Richard. I have a Planar 3 that's about 20 years old. The Japanese S-shaped arm that Rega used then is well-built and, I think, was considered perhaps _the_ budget arm in its time, but its time is past. The contemporary Rega arms do a _much_ better job of preventing vibration from getting through the signal chain. Can't say much about the rest of the table, esp. since someone modified it, but certainly an arm upgrade is justifiable. You're not specific about what you don't like, but like others have said, setup could be at fault, too. Incidentally, I wouldn't judge a motor on how slow it is to get the platter to speed. Just start the platter spinning with your finger if you get impatient and leave it running when you change records.