I bought a turntable and the sound is a disaster. I think I should just buy a new stylus but is there anything else obvious I might try first?
I've always played vinyl, but on very primitive turntables that required little interference from me.
I used to have a Technics automated turntable in the 80s/90s and liked it, so I just got one on ebay. This is the model: Technics SL-6
. I bought one like this, again, cos I like a plug-and-play setup. I am a pretty lo-fi person.
I asked the guy selling it if it needed a new stylus, and he said the one fitted hadn't been used that much.
I plug it in and this is what it sounds like
(Buried in that noise is Eddie Cochran singing Summertime Blues. Don't worry, it's a very cheap and shitty pressing that is already scratched up a bit - I know enough not to test out this stuff on vinyl I care about.)
Can a needle be this fucked up (by the way, I do not know the difference between a needle and a stylus if there is one, if that helps you to calibrate your answer)?
I'm quite prepared to order a new stylus and probably will anyway, but is there anything else I can try to make this sound decent?