Thank you all for your input. Much appreciated.
Yes, on the good sounding Gomer albums, the distortion does happen at the end of the record. I thought of IGD (based on what I researched previously) but did not think it would be that significant of a difference compared to the outer tracks. Perhaps it is.
Being as there is no way to adjust VTA on this model, I feel better about not being able to figure out how, ha ha.
No, I do not have stanton cart rubber spacers - I did not know that. (nor a platter mat) But that is a good suggestion for making any needed VTA adjustments. I will eyeball how mine looks tonight.
To clarify, this is not the "newer" stanton 500 gold. It is the original from the 70's. I have already replaced the stylus in it to a new elliptical one. (found this info a while back - not my post, but sounds similar http://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php? ... 00.278245/
Quote: "That's a very old model 500 series Stanton, probably the most popular cartridge found in radio stations throughout the U.S. in the 70's and 80's. They are a tough cartridge, built to handle the abuses you found back when radio stations spun vinyl. It also is pretty good sounding, and isn't a cartridge to sniff at.")
I am not looking for audiophile, just trying to get the best I can at this price point for now.
I am interested in a cart/stylus suggestion that would better handle my albums if you know of one. I see Neil mentions the OM10. On that PL-514 did you try a different cart (which?) and did you notice a significant difference by going with the OM10 ?
So, for tracking force, you are saying the [modern] stanton 500 says 3 - 5 g. The stylus I have says 0.75 - 1.5 g. I thought tracking force was more a function of stylus rather than cart, but not sure. I can experiment with increasing the tracking force. At what point will it become too heavy and cause damage?
Again, Thank you; this is a good community.