Redo you cartridge setup or have somebody who knows how to do it. What you describe is normally caused by a misaligned cartridge. Good luck.
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Some thoughts. The Rega template diverges from Van Baerwald alignment. Download the Rega Baerwald protractor from The Vinyl Engine.
The compliance of the original Rega feet is an integral part of the Rega resonance control system. Using spiked feet defeats the compliance of the feet and feeds all of the energy from the stand directly into the thin plinth. It is a recipe for disaster. Get Rega feet and use them.
Finally, the effective mass of the stock Rega arm is waaaayyy too low for the Denon 103 cartridge, though some report good results. A new arm or more appropriate cartridge would be in order, but if this is not in the cards, try something like the TWL mod to add mass to the arm. It is a bit of a band-aid but it should get you going.
Narrod, Stringreen, you are probably both right in that rigid feet make the table much more dependent on the resonant signature of the piece of furniture that the table is sitting on. In my experience, I have never heard anything better than the stock feet as well, but that does not invalidate Stringreen's assertions that, in his system, on his furniture, there is an improvement with non-compliant mounting. However, given the complaints that the poster has, I would be looking at the feet. And the arm/cartridge match, and the alignment and probably the step us as well. The Denon likes to see a transformer for MC gain and does not seem to cotton to head amp gain. Methinks the whole setup is pretty wrong.
Thanks for all of the response. I am confused I thought that spiked feet, where only 1000ths of an inch is touching should isolate better than the sorbothane feet. I am using a Musical Surroundings Phonomena for my phono stage, set to reccomended settings from M.S. rep. I have read that the Denon cart was a good match for the Rega arm. I will try the re-allignment of the cart first, for I do believe that might be the problem. I will let you know the results.
P.S. I do believe that the table sounded the same with the stock feet, but I will do a comparison to see if there is a difference.