I just acquired an SL-1800 Mk2 and plugged it into my system. I was able to move my cartridge, a Denon DL-110 on a stock Technics headshell, right from my old TT, an AT-LP240-USB, onto the new TT (it was so light - 4.8 g. cart + 7.5 g. headshell - it almost didn't balance at 2 grams tracking force, but it did). It sounds wonderful! But now I need advice on how to clean up the "new" vintage TT.
The dustcover is not in great shape. The hinges are still there and functional, and there are no cracks or breaks, but the surface is very marked up. What have you folks used to bring back the shine on the dustcover and get rid of scratches and marks? I tried some Meguiar's polish that I used to use on motorcycle helmet faceshields, but it didn't do much.
More importantly (I take the dustcover completely off when I use the TT, so it's invisible when I'm listening to music), the table itself has small accumulations of the years' grunge. What's the best way to get rid of it? I'm tempted to take Q-tips and a mixture of distilled water and alcohol, but is there a better product/method for this?
P.S. Some differences I've already noticed between my "old" AT and the "new" SL:
1. The SL has a much better S/N ratio. I guess the AT's USB circuit, even when switched out, still affects S/N.
2. The SL provides significantly (audible) better inner detail in the music. Better arm, I guess.
3. The SL's bass is both stronger and cleaner.
4. The SL's cue system is much better: better damped (it gently lowers the stylus onto the record all by itself), and the lever's little handle is easier to hold than the AT's metal knob.
5. The only thing I know of that the AT does better than the SL is brake; on the AT, when you press the "stop" button, the platter stops right NOW, while the SL (this one, anyway) gently but quickly slows to a stop.