I was listening to my circa-1982 Denon DP-31L turntable (direct drive), and heard a noise on quiet passages of classical music that I would describe as sounding like something heavy being rolled across the stage during the performance.
If I watch the platter, it seems that the noise occurs as the same section of the record/platter reaches the needle.
I was listening through headphones, so I know it's not feedback or speaker- induced rumble.
Am I hearing noise from the motor/bearings? Is there a fix, other than a new table? Would one of the entry-level tables from Rega, Pro-Ject or Music Hall (all belt drive) be a major improvement?
Thanks for any help.