o for your stylus. If you don't know the correct force, just set the dial to 1.5 grams, as that is pretty average. Don't be afraid to experiment a little, remember the best setting is the one that sounds best, so just listen!
The other thing you may wish to check is the mysterious "Anti Skate". What is "skating" and why would we want to "anti" it? It's simple really. Since the only thing pulling the needle and tonearm across the record is the groove, the needle will tend to ride one groove wall harder than the other. As it turns out, this is the groove wall closest to the label. The anti-skate is a simple device, usually a small spring, that pulls in the opposite direction, bringing the needle back into the center of the groove. There is usually a small dial near the base of the tonearm and it is properly set when it reads the same as the tonearm counterweight. For example, if you just set your tracking force at 1.5 grams, set the anti-skate at 1.5 also. These two things may seem small, but if kept properly adjusted will make a world of difference in the sound of your table.
The only other maintainance I would call routine is to make sure your needle is in good shape and kept clean. If you do not own a stylus cleaner I would highly recommend getting one. Used in conjunction with routine record cleaning it is the simplest way to extend the life of both your stylus and records. If all the cleaning in the world still doesn't make your table sound better, it might be time for a new stylus. If you have something expensive or exotic there are a number of places on the web to get replacemant parts. See the "Links" section below. If you have a "p-mount" or a "standard mount" type of cartridge, we offer inexpensive replacements, just see the section below labeled "Replacement Parts". Aside from just keeping the table generally clean and dry, there is not much more maintainance the average person can do. If you think your table is really screwed up you may wish to seek the advice of a pro.