raceofrobots wrote:I mean it does it without even touching a record.
Yes, that has to be a big clue.
Does the TT have a seperate ground wire, usually with an open spade connector on the free end ? This would normally connect to a thumb-screw type post on the back of the preamp/amp..........is that all in place ? If no, does connecting it have an effect ? Or disconnecting it ?
It could be as simple as there being either an extra or missing ground connection, and the remedy to provide or remove it, in the right place. Perhaps !
Does connecting a wire to the amp ground terminal and touching the tonearm or green cart wire with the other end alter the sound ? Does touching the tonearm with your finger make a difference (obviously not while playing a record !) ??