Thanks for the replies.
The amp is a Technics SU-X502 and is what's left of a separates system that did have a turntable. I presumed this would be ok for connecting a different turntable to it.
Regarding the cartridge and stylus, there is definetly a stylus but is there a way of telling whether that or the cartridge need replacing? The wires on the cartridge are connected and I haven't changed them since it was last used.
The connecting wires from the TT do appear a little loose. If the problem is the loose wiring, is it worth getting somebody to repair it or should I begin to look for a new TT, considering this one didn't cost me anything?
Thanks again, Sean.