Been running a Pro-ject Debut III, stock Ortofon cart with an OM-10 stylus & a Cambridge 640P phono pre. Something's got to change because I've gotten to the point where I'm not spinning vinyl at all. The question is, cart upgrade, or entirely new rig? At this point I've amassed about a 100 LPs most of which is 70's & 80's rock/pop consisting of a couple dozen LPs left from my teenage years & used recordings I've picked up since I got back into records 2 years ago or so. My main complaint, horrible inner grove distortion on a large percentage of my collection. The cart has been aligned by me using a mirrored protractor & is spot on as far as I can tell. I will say that on the handful of recordings that sound truly excellent all the way through, I'm mostly happy with the sound. It's not blowing me away, but I could live with it given the limited use the TT was getting before I got fed up with the IGD.
So, where to go from here? Upgrade the cart? Been thinking of trying the Audio Technica AT440mla. Start over with a new rig? Not really interested in used or vintage. Would rather jump full in & go with something in the 1-2K range if I go down that path. Traveler? Scout? Music Hall mmf7.1? Something else?