OK....So I'm looking through my CDs to see if there is any interesting cover art I can use in Bruce's "Rock Album Cover Game". Found a few and then got to thinking about my LPs down in the basement. Found a few more and realized that I've got maybe 150 or so very good albums that I've never replaced with CDs and haven't listened to in quite a while. I have been vocal in my reluctance to "GO BACK" to the inconvienience of vinyl. That said, I though I would give a couple of them a listen. Good music...but...all of the sound issues I remembered that I didn't like. Plus you gotta hold the LP just right so as to not get any fingerprints....clean the LP...etc...etc... Benefit of doubt...so I figured I would get a new cartridge and stylus for the Miracord (a fairly well regarded TT) since the ones I had were the originals from the early 70s. $60 + later from the Needle Doctor I've ordered a brand new Ortofon OM 10 Super cartridge. (actually ordered the OM 5 - but they were out and cut me a deal on the 10 Super)
Couple of days later, the cartridge arrives. I start to hook it up and realize the 35 year old headshell leads are all messed up. I was able to cannibalize another headshell and a little soldering and I'm good to go...or so I think. Everythings hooked up...lo and behold...NO RIGHT CHANNEL. Check all the leads and connections...nothing wrong. There is a guy here in town that does a lot of vintage audio repair. We talked. The problem must be somewhere in the tonearm which with this particular Miracord is a bear. He has it now.
In the meantime...when looking for cartridges I came across a sale at Audio Advisor for an "open box" Goldring GR 1.2 turntable. Highly reviewed in several publications. $244 + shipping = $251. I bite.
Couple days later UPS delivers a BRAND NEW Goldring GR 1.2 turntable. It's very easy to set up. Put a couple of albums on...same crappy clicks and pops. I find a couple of pristine LPs and listen to them without the surface noise. Not bad. I now realize if I am even going to be able to tolerate this format at all, I am going to have to spend some more cash on a vacuum record cleaner. I've figured out which way I'm going with this (KAB EV-1). Another $200± for the machine and cleaning supplies.
I have now had the opportunity to listen to several LPs that are in very good shape and clean. They sound good. I am waiting on the cleaner which should improve the sound of quite a few of my LP collection. As much as I think I will enjoy listening to some of the stuff I liked well enough to purchase over the years, I am not sold that it is the primary format for me. I DO NOT like the ritual involved in playing and maintaining LPs. That is not going to change. I have justified my $600± in expenditures (so far) by rationalizing the replacement of the LPs, if possible, would cost over $1,500.
THANKS BRUCE.....It's all your fault...