I recently decided to revive my old vinyl collection that was sitting in my parents' basement and was able to talk my father into giving up his old BSR McDonald 510. I know this turntable probably isn't all that good, but it's certainly better than the one i was using as a kid that managed to wear down some of my records.
Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any info on the table at all, other than the fact that it's an idler drive. I'm looking for any info I can get on it, and more than anything, I'd like to know if it's worth servicing or if I should just be on the lookout for a good used direct drive.
Currently the BSR is running with a Shure M-75CS cartridge that has a Shure 3x stylus attached. I'm still waiting on the preamp I ordered, but as far as I can tell, the sound is pretty decent.
I am, however, experiencing some skating issues with at least one 45 I have, and adjusting the anti-skate on the table doesn't fully eliminate it. I had to set a small piece of plastic on the tonearm to stop it, and I'd rather not do that. I've noticed a couple of things that may be causing this, but I'm definitely a novice when it comes to turntables and I could be completely wrong.
The first thing I noticed is that the stylus is not directly centered in the cartridge, rather, it looks slightly bent to one side. If this is the issue, should I just go for a new cartridge, or simply a stylus?
The other issue is that the table seems to exhibit some "wobbling," if that's the right term. This causes the tonearm to move up and down ever so slightly while the platter is spinning. If this is the problem, how do I fix it, and is it worth it?
I apologize if I'm asking dumb questions, and greatly appreciate any help you'd be willing to give me, so thanks in advance!