The cables had all blackened (weird, I didn't know shielded audio cables, or any cable for that matter could oxidize, but he showed me the old cables peeled back an inch to expose the wiring, and they were discoloured. The jacks had virtually no finish left on them either. Changing the cables took out that 60hz hum I could faintly hear, and cleaned up the sound. the correct stylus certainly gave clarity back to the sound.mrow2 wrote: ↑09 May 2019 06:44Very good, glad it's all doing better. Very much doubt the 78 stylus wrongly packaged or sent was intentional. It was simply a packaging mistake. There's no gain for them to be intentionally doing that in order to dump incorrectly matched product. You also mentioned obtaining a DJ-quality cartridge and stylus down the line. (Automotive metaphor: a large off-road vehicle, the meanest tires and suspension available, but being driven exclusively on nice, smooth road surfaces; and the resulting ride hard as rocks). For a few hundred there definitely are some nice cartridges though.
That first set of cables must have been really bad.
I borrowed this Audio Technica image of their new VM670SP dedicated 78rpm cartridge stylus. 3 mil conical!
I contacted the vendor I bought the mistaken for 78RPM cartridge from, they immediately swapped it out for the correct one. Guess I need to stop seeing smoke where no fire exists. Thanks for setting me straight on that. I really appreciate it.