Care and Maintenance:
The key to getting the most out of your turntable system is to make sure it’s properly setup and maintained. There are countless guides out there, for both drive methods, which often include video instructions as well. If you happen to purchase a well-known model then chances are that there are guides for that specific model.
Be sure to buy a force gauge for your stylus to make sure your tracking force is correct. If it’s too low you’ll run the risk of it skipping, and if it’s too high then you could potentially damage both your stylus and record.
Next, it’s important to keep your records in pristine condition. You can use a product like the Spin Clean which is a cost-effective way to keep your vinyl records in tip-top shape. If you have more money to splurge on goods, then you may want to check out a vacuum unit which will save lots of labor in the long run.
Of course, you can’t forget about the cartridge. If your turntable came with a cartridge already installed and aligned then you should be good to go. If you ever happen to upgrade your cartridge, make you get a tool to help you realign it again.
If you are purchasing a cartridge separate from your turntable system then aim for an affordable one that is neutral and works well with lighter tonearms, since that’s how pretty much all tonearms are like.