The needle is perfectly new. I tried connecting it a bunch of different ways. It has a phono/line switch for a preamp on the back. Tried both of those. No luck. It was on a completely even surface. I even have an ArtCessories DJ Pro Amp II that I hooked it up to. No luck. Tried adjusting the weight of the tone arm and it only made things worse. Bottom line is -- the thing just feels cheap. My turntable before this was purchased off eBay and it's a goner now. I just feel like I am cursed or something.
The reason I could hear sound... Not sure... It was very quiet, like when you don't have the turntable plugged into something, but louder than that even. It was very strange.
I guess my budget would be $100-250. I know that's not much, but once again... If I wanted anything more expensive than that, I would have to save for a while and I want to listen to my records sooner than later. I just feel afraid of getting a secondhand one because of what just happened. I feel I am cursed or something.
And, also, I am completely stupid when it comes to the mechanics of turntables, etc. I know how to hook them up to my stereo unit, just don't know about cartridges, how to attach them, etc. I am sorry
I feel kind of inadequate asking a ridiculous question like this, but feel like is the only place I can go for help.
I already printed a return label and am awaiting UPS to pick the thing up so I can get my money back. Seems like I always get the lemon out of the bunch.