Responses from mycarnival789

What record cleaner is the most bang for the buck??
I co-sign mahler123 & dentdog. I’m very serious about the cleanliness of my grooves. You may not notice surface noise but I do.   
Brand New Vinyl Static and Pops
You wanted 2 cents? Here is mine. I ultrasonic clean new (manufacturing particles ARE in the grooves. I can hear the difference) and used. If you don’t have an ultrasonic then devise some kind of system of cleaning that leaves a minimum of residue... 
Origin Live Tonearms
I’m just a simple guy with a simple LP 12. I’ve never used a mono cart. What I can tell you is, I had a Rega and it was “ok”. I just got my OL silver and the improvement is striking. I don’t know what deck you are using so I can’t tell you the dif... 
Whats on your turntable tonight?
The Congos: "Heart of the Congos" The recording quality isn't great but Lee "Scratch" Perry did the mix and it's absolutely hypnotic. I feel high just listening to it.  
Products you added to your system in 2021 that made most impact to your music enjoyment
Modded Linn Sondek LP12. I had a Thorens 190 for the last few years and finally took the plunge on something decent back in January. The rest of 2021, I got reacquainted with all 600 of my LPs. The difference was stunning.  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Friday is strictly, the blues: Last night I played Willie Dixon "Catalyst", B.B. King "King of the Blues", and Muddy Waters "Hard Again". That later at volume because it was recorded with so much punch! 
Gotten Any Good Trash Records Lately?
As a matter of fact, I did. I bought something 4-5 months ago and they threw in a VG+ Nancy Wilson, "Today- My Way". I know her as a jazz artist but never heard any of her projects and F-R-E-E is F-R-E-E, so I cleaned it up and let it rip. I was p... 
Craigslist Fraud
I have sold on CL before, with no problems. However, early Dec I posted a cartridge on several sites and had an experience 90% similar to @thelostdutchman. I get an email from one joker saying that he's interested. Then I get a text from a 3rd par... 
New Hobby Ultrasonic Record Cleaning
I hand clean with Audio Intelligent Enzymatic Formula, then their Super Cleaner. I follow with my $200 made in China ultrasonic cleaner. I use triple reverse osmosis purified water @ $.35 gal from a local marine aquarium store. I make a small mixt... 
I underestimated the impact a new cartridge would have
Years ago got off of my CD player and got on an Ortofon 2M red. Then blue. Then bronze. Then black. I thought that I was pretty close to what I could justify spending after the addition of a Hagerman tube preamp and vintage Mullard tubes. After al...