Lots of questions from a TT newbie
I've head the vinyl itch for quite a while, and I have decided that 2012 is the year I will finally scratch it. I am looking for something cheap (£200-£300) (upgradeable?) to get me started, just in case I like the idea of playing vinyl more than the practice of it.
I have got 101 questions, so please bear with me.
1. the technical side. So you have a TT, a tonearm, a cartdrige, and a stylus? And you can also exchange/upgrade belt, platter, mat? Is there anything in a TT that you cannot upgrade? In fact, part of the reason I would like to get a TT is the fact that you can always upgrade little things.
Generally speaking, when you buy a new TT (i.e. Rega P3-24 can be had for 279 these days) they come with tonearm only, is that correct?
I've heard lots of people say that if buying used, basically disregard any cartridge on there as you should always buy a new one. Is this nonsense at entry level price?
As with the rest of my hifi, I prefer to buy 2nd hand/ex-dem and aim for slightly more than I would be able to afford new, but I have no idea what sort of issues to look out for when purchasing a used TT.
Also, at this sort of price point, how much would I 'need' to spend on a reasnoable phono pre-amp?
and lastly, I've seen a Rega Planar 3 with RB 300 tonearm and Nagaoka MP11 gold cartridge for £195. Is that a reasonable price?
Thank you all for reading!