Quick question - I'm certainly not going to get into the habit of doing this, but wasn't sure if this accident is a total no-go: the other night, I went to start the second side of an album (Mingus' Oh Yeah), and after I moved the cueing lever down on the lead-in groove, I suddenly realized that I never pressed the start button on the turntable.
I'm sure just moving the cueing lever back up would've been the better choice, but I panicked and quickly pressed the start button to get my direct drive platter moving - thinking I'd try to get it going before the needle finished dropping down. I don't believe I was successful in winning that race, but I must've had the stylus before the actual groove, because I didn't miss a note and everything sounded just fine once the music started playing.
Any chance I did anything that would cause someone to think twice about using this stylus again/replacing it? I can't imagine, but I'm fairly new at all of this manual turntable business (had a simple AT-LP60 before moving on up) and would strongly prefer to not ruin any of my records.