it wasn't a good player, but it wasn't quite that bad. An entry-level player for sure, but not total crap. For what was a young teenager's first turntable it was decent enough. As far as I knew nothing was adjustable on it (aside from a 45/33 switch), but I wouldn't have known what to do with that stuff at the time anyway. I don't know if the cart could have been changed or not, its totally possible that it could have been possible. i knew how to use the record player I had, but I didn't really have a sense of how it worked for most of the time I had it. But I was the only person who used it for most of its lifespan, and at my peak of using it my listening time was still predominantly CDs/mp3s. So while the stylus was definitely worn out by the end, it didn't receive close to as much wear as it might have had I been using it more frequently. By the time I learned more about turntable maintenance it had already started to peter out and I was using it less and less.
yeah the tracking is fully adjustable on my new player, took me a bit to get it dialled in since I wasnt used to it (had to look up a guide on youtube), but it's pretty much bang on now i think. It's also got a little anti-skate string & weight which can be adjusted too. I also have to remove the platter in order to manually switch the belt to the 45 setting (and theres a little hook tool it came with so that you dont have to touch the belt with your fingers).
>>Couldn't you have just bought a new belt, assuming the manufacturer was still in business?
I considered this. it could definitely have been more than just the belt though (or something else entirely, a power supply issue is another possibility that occurred to me), but either way it wasn't worth fixing a mediocre player when i was better off upgrading to a better one anyway.
those custom u-turn players look pretty cool. most of the options they list on there are things my new player has. the wood grain colours are very nice looking. An acrylic platter would be neat to have too.
My uncle's hobby is getting insanely expensive audio-gear. he's got a record player that cost in the $4000 range, fancy tube amplifiers, speakers that he ordered from some audiophile magazine, and so on. He's not an audiophile at all though, he considers it an investment and just likes to think he has the best of the best of everything. He's also got a massive record collection that he maintains immaculately (almost all of which are new pressings). So I've encountered that side of things a couple times. It's massive overkill, but still pretty cool to look at the handful of times I've had the chance.
>>Do any of the record stores near you sell used vinyl as well as the new stuff?
Yeah. two of the four stores in my town are predominately used stuff. and three of the four have new (albeit small) vinyl selections. So it's a decent mix. Not quite the level of selection the Vancouver stores have, but a lot better than nothing.