I'm new here, as you can easily see, and I'm also new to LP. My mother had a small but nice collection, but they were stored without any concerns for over 20 years. They were in a bag, but they were pilled one over another... as a result, the very first album I wanted to hear on LP, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, is sighly warped, making it unusable.
Anyways, the same goes for the Turntable itself, a Pioneer PL-570 (the craptastic one from the 80s): stored in a dusty environment but with a new cheap cartridge (Audio Technica AT92-CD, I think).
As I do not have any phono input on my NAD 326 BEE (which powers a pair of Polk LSi7), I had to rely on my mother's old cheap plastic receiver, a Pioneer SX-1100, also from the 80s, to do this job.
My mother's records didn't have a lot of mudge or visible dust. A few finger prints here and there (probably me or my brother/sister, when we were young), but nothing critical in term of scratch.
So after cleaning using distilled water and soap, I could say that it was a little bit better, but nothing charming on "higher" passages (i.e. when the sound volume goes up a bit, or when a lot of instruments are in): as these passages, it sound congested, with a lot of distorsion.
I know there will almost always be crackles and pop, but they are minimal and quite charming. What I do not like is the fact that it sounds like a 100$ boombox, even if my system perform, in my opinion, quite well with FLAC files via my Musical Fidelity V-DAC.
Could my mother's receiver, which I use as a phono pre-amp, be the problem here? If I remember well, my mother could not use it as it was only producing distorsion at lower volumes (dust in the volume slider maybe). Could it be oxyded and therefore, creating this mess? Or is the turntable a cheap one unable to really carry a signal correctly? Or, is it because the turntable sat in here for around 20 years (or more)?
Thanks a lot for your help!