Congrats! You still have enough money left to go down the disc cleaning system rabbit hole!Thanks Kap. After being away from vinyl for decades, I tried to get back into it a few years ago, after one of my work clients just up and gave me a beautiful Sony PS-X70 table! I could hardly believe it.
After a couple hours' repair time it was working perfectly, but it had no cartridge. The only one I still had around was a Shure M105E - not a terrible cart, but it's actually a P-Mount in a 1/2" adapter, and the combination is too tall to set VTA correctly on this table. Plus, it's a bit too compliant for this heavy tonearm. So I played a few records on it and eventually lost interest. That was probably 5 years ago.
So last week I was screwing around with this stuff again, and was once again seduced by the whole vinyl mystique/ritual/nostalgia/etc. But I soon realized that this cart is just not working with this table!
I'm a bit pissed at myself for having half-assed this whole experiment the way I did a few years ago. So I decided to use a bit of my gummint' Covid check to give it one more try with some proper gear. We'll see...