What I did with my Rega P-3 (when I had it--I now have the P-9): 1. tone arm rewired with cardas wire, clips, cardas box and jacks so you can use any interconnect cable. tried many cables, settled on an Ensemble cable 2. Remove feet, used 4 sets of two Mod Squad soft shoes end to end as feet. 3. replaced target stand "wood" platform with custom-made 1/2" thick solid steel platform, totally killing vibrations. 4. replaced felt mat with audioquest sorbothane mat. Used an older benz-micro mc3a pickup. after these changes I experienced about the same perceived improvements that you have over the stock unit.