New turntable is misbehaving. Would like the green's advice before I call in the pros.
I bought this Audio-Technica turntable
a few weeks ago. It requires you to balance the tonearm and adjust the tracking yourself, which I'd never done before.
The documentation is as helpful for newbs as you might expect. Balancing the tonearm appears to be some sort of art that you have to join a guild to learn, but I did the best I could with some help from Lifehacker. I have absolutely no clue as to whether I did it correctly, and I don't have any friends who know anything about this. After I balanced the arm, I did zero it out as called for in the manual.
The identity of the installed cartridge was cryptic at best. According to a circular sheet that was lying on the platter (!), the counterweight/anti-skate values are supposed to be set to 3.5 for the ATP-2 cartridge. So I did that.
Well, let the popping, skipping, and skating begin. I just played a record that I bought new and probably have played twice in the last 30 years. It was horrendous.
I saw online that this turntable has also shipped with a cartridge that requires a counterweight of 2, so I tried that as well with an appropriate anti-skate setting of 2. That was a little better, but still not all that great. In general, the setting of 2 seems to work better.
I bought a Shure cartridge and haven't installed it yet; frankly, I'm afraid to. At this point, I'm probably going to call my local record store and have them recommend someone (who hopefully will make house calls). But before I call someone who's going to benefit from my remaining in the dark about my turntable, I'd like to hear from the green as to what you think might be wrong.