Grinding noise from brand new Project Essential II turntable
I bought a brand new Project Essential II turntable last weekend and have been playing a few new records on it. I don't know much at all about turntables, but I can hear an annoying grinding sound from the stylus when playing even brand new records. The noise can be heard quite clearly, particularly on quieter parts of the tracks.
I must say that I found the setup instructions very difficult to understand so I just hope i have done it right. The stylus (cartridge?) was already fitted, so I added the little anti-skip weight to the appropriate position and fasted the tone-arm counterweight on the end of the tone-arm. This seems to have numbers around the edge, but turning it doesn't seem to do anything.
I worry that this grinding noise will be doing damage to my records. It certainly sounds horrible.
Also, some of my 180g heavy weight records are a VERY tight fit onto the spindle. Is that normal?
Also (am I annoying you yet???) the platter cloth/mat thing regularly sticks to the underside of the record when I take them off the platter.
My main concern is the grinding. What should I do?