Alec124c41 wrote:The stylus should rest on the protractor.
I don't understand the second question.
How is it sounding, now?
I'm sorry for not replying sooner. I didn't see that new replies were posted on a newly created second page. I was repeatedly refreshing the first page wondering whether there were any new replies.
And thank you very much for answering my first question.
As for how my turntable is sounding, I have nothing to compare it to, but with the new cork mat (and much generous Help from Alec), the cartridge is at least not scraping on the record surface. I'm not primarily a vinyl listener, but resurrected the Systemdek IIX to digitize some records for my mom. What I'm noticing, especially on older records, are many clicks and pops, even after cleaning the records with a discwasher D4+ Record Care System brush and a Hunt EDA Carbon Fiber Record Cleaning Brush. Nevertheless, when digitizing records, I was surprised that the bass extended much deeper than I expected, although transients were not as well defined as in digital recordings. Also, the dynamic range of some records were much wider (i.e., around 60 dB) than expected. Another thing I noticed was rumbling noise, but perhaps this is part and parcel of the vinyl experience.
I know that there are nice record cleaners that use suction to remove dust from records, but unfortunately I don't have the money (or inclination) to purchase one...