"New" Pioneer PL12d
Recently rescued the above from the pavement for £15 in a street market. It was a punt, but it appeared solid, nothing was broken (bar the belt) and no cracks or scrapes etc.
After a clean up of the drum and drive pulley, a new belt saw it burst into life. I readjusted the counter weight and anti skate according to the manual and initial impressions have far exceeded my expectations. Lovely sound!
I'm now scouring ebay for a suitable period amplifier to match it with - currently running through a CA Azure 540a which I've never warmed to, with a £20 Maplin phono amp in between - so plenty of scope for improvement....
Aside from this, the one problem with the sound is a slight distortion at the top end. A way to describe it would be that High female vocal "s" sounds can sound like an off tune radio. Observations on the setup:
1 - Counter weight adjustment. I've possibly set it up a little light at the stylus end. It doesn't skip during play, but a tiny knock will make it do so.
2 - Stylus & Cartridge. Fitted with a Stanton 500, I've no idea of age or condition. Is this suitable? From what I've googled this seems to be aimed at DJs, more usually being fitted with. Shure M75
Could any of the above be contributing to the treble issues? I guess if it is a DJ stylus it may well need a load more weight, which I've clearly not given it.
Any guidance would be appreciated.