Yes, and I'm Amanda, so we are properly introduced!
I meant "crummy" as a nod to earlier comments about the poor quality of the stock armboards. Mine appears to be in "like new condition," as is the whole set-up (well, except for the wiring in my poor stock arm of course...). My dad had this in a closet for 20+ yrs so it's in very good cosmetic shape.
You guys seem to be one of those 'best of the net' pockets: helpful, tolerant, patient w those who wander in. And, what, not a flame war in any direction?!
Dad's little bag of tricks includes a Sure stylus force gauge, a little bubble level and a phono cartridge alignment tool (printed on a mirror) from http://www.turntablebasics.com
. Oh, and the usual anti-static and disc washing typse stuff. Any other "tools of the trade" I would need/like to have in mounting/calibrating a new arm/cartridge?
If I click the "buy" button from J7 tonight, when do I send you an armboard, Marc? And where do I get the "template" for the new arm to send along to you?
And would you let me pay you something for your time?? Seems only fair as I've asked for lots of it already!