I’ve been looking deeeeply into how record cartridges are designed and was basically - like that is some fucked up shit, just why? fuck them and their fucked shit.
I ended up corresponding with a lead engineer at DS audio who makes an optical assembly coupled with a super light weight mechanical pickup. It solves a lot self inflicted problems with cartridges and record playback in general. The good news is he will eventually also produce a 78rpm compatible version but its a few years out.
So long story short, here is a transfer of a richter melodya rach prelude from a record that hadn’t even been cleaned!!!
I just took down rumble and declicked at 1.0 for some pops in rx7 and nothing else. I haven’t even used the microscope to align it yet.
I’ll clean this record and maybe post more if I have time.