HI guys -
Bought a Rega RP1 (w/upgrade pack installed) along with a Rega Brio amp. This is my first foray into (entry level) hi fi for about 25 yrs. I had loads of cherry, unplayed promo vinyl I acquired from a misspent youth in the music industry and finally decided to forgo MP3's and CD's for a while so I could once again carefully put a record on, sit down and actually LISTEN for a change.
Got the components - lovely looking and easy peasy set up and, at first, it was freakin' awesome. Small Faces, Shellac, Coltrane, Swans - it all sounded so much better than all those lossy files I had gotten used to. Then, about a week later, I noticed a hum when I turned the amp on and the first (phono) channel was selected, regardless of whether or not the turntable power was on. It's noticable with the volume set at about 9:00 and increases exponentially as I turn the volume up. If I unplugged the RCA turntable jacks the sound went away so I know it's the turntable grounding (with the turntable unplugged I can begin to hear a very different noise slightly as the volume approaches 9:00 to full, but it's only in the phone channel -the others are dead silent- and I'm guessing that's just the nature of phono preamps). Bummer, right?
The shop I bought it from was super nice about it (as they should be), walked me through some potential fixes that dinna work and had me send it back, which I did today ($53). They're going to check it out and it looks like I'll have a couple of options:
Since Rega runs the ground wire through the tone arm, they've told the retailer they'd send a replacement tone arm.
A new Rega RP1
Credit towards a different TT
So, guys, suggestions? How many Rega owners out there are very happy with thier TT's? The RP sounded truly lovely before the ground noise showed up and it's a beautiful turntable. Is my ground problem a fluke or is this unfortunately common w/Rega because of thier unique grounding? Should I give 'em another shot? If not, any recommendations for TT's w/cartidge <1K?
Thanks in advance for any advice!