nice one, glad it turned out, you'll have to stick some pic's on when you get it all up and running, i can't find hardly anything on the garrard.
it's a great set up that you have there, don't worry about forking out on expensive interconnects and speaker cables, at the level that we are working with it does't affect things as much.
have you thought about replacement cartridge and stylus?
i was wanting an ortofon 2m red (£80 cart & stylus to buy on it's own) with the rega RP1 or project genie i was aiming for originally, but i ended up bidding on a thorens TD166 that a local guy had,
it went for way more than i expected and i fought hard and dumped all of my remaining budget on it and just won it buy the skin of my teeth, if the auction had gone on a second longer i would have lost it. my wife still does'nt know how much it cost. when i got it and realised that the stylus was knackered i got an audio technica AT-95 cartridge & stylus (about £40 or so)
just a thought, something i've found is, i have sometimes listened to my stereo and found it lacking in quality where it was lush before, and it's when i'm playing it quietly, like evenings when it's late for example,
it's as if it needs to be driven a bit to push the sound into the room around you and then the sound imaging is spread about better and the sounds cut through,
so when you play it quietly, you don't get the quality you crave.
so if you find this is a problem for you, i'd recommend some big (but not too expensive) full size headphones, with a long lead so you can chill out and you can crank it up a little and let the sound out
Thorens TD166 mkvi-Rega RB250-Audio Technica AT95, Arcam Alpha 3, Mission 730, Glade Scented Candles & Nescafe vanilla/caramel/irish cream latte