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Hmmmm...that doesn't sound like a great design. TT's need to have a chassis ground. But it could also be that something is getting picked up by the cartridge - do you have the turntable very near to a speaker, or some piece of digital gear?
Sounds like a grounding problem. What do you have the ground wire attached to?
Yeah he is a really smart, really good guy. I too hope he is OK!
Even the ECC32 isn't a direct equivalent for the 6SN7, much less the ECC31. It's not really reasonable to expect an amp designer to build an amp that is designed to work ideally with a 6SN7 and also work with these other tubes that aren't equivalents. There is a difference between "doesn't shut down/blow up the amp" and "doesn't work optimally", sure, but either way, with all the great 6SN7's out there, why push the envelope so hard? Truly equivalent tubes to the 6SN7,...
Cartridges are universal, so a new cartridge (including the new needle) can be bought and installed on a vintage TT, no problem. In fact it's very important to at a minimum replace the needle/stylus on any vintage TT as unless you know for sure otherwise it's very likely that the needle is worn.
Typically if it's working well when you get it, then no. Some DD TTs were not meant to have the bearing oiled.
If you find a nice vintage DD TT that's working when you get it, it will very likely need nothing.Not a lot of cartridge choices for $40. Look into the Red Ed http://www.edsaunders.com/reded.htmOr the AT 95: http://www.needledoctor.com/Audio-Technica-95E-Cartridge?sc=2&category=402
I believe you hit the nail on the head here. Understanding that "better" is of course subjective...a tube used a little outside its ideal parameters will very often add increased amounts of second order harmonic distortion, which most humans, your truly included, find pleasing, to a point.
@Randos - the AT-LP60 appears to have a built in phono preamp, so s long as you have that switched on, then the setup you described will work. It would be better, however, to get a headphone amp with an analog input, so you could listen to the turntable purely in analog
"Tubes versus solid state" is indeed no more useful a discussion than arguing that chocolate is better than vanilla. There are incredibly transparent, analytical tube amps, and there are warm, lush, romantic sounding solid state amps. An the end of the day, any given piece of gear has to be judged on its own merits - not its choice of amplification devices.
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