I have a Pro-ject Perspective turntable. I am very new to vinyl. There seems to be a big static electricity problem. Sometimes it starts to crackle while playing. If I then lift the lid it makes big noises. When I have stopped the turntable, even removing the lp from the platter causes lots of crackling through the speakers (I am using an MC cartridge). How do I solve this problem?
There is no mat on the platter. I was told it was meant to be like that. Is it so? Or do I need a special mat? If so, what are the specific things I should look for in a mat (I am in Japan so the brands are probably different, and all I can really use is my eyes to judge, so visual tips would be handy!)