I've got a Pro-Ject Carbon Debut, belt-driven TT. I've just started playing records on it, and spent the first two days I had off work with the thing doing nothing but enjoying records; however, I felt that continually starting/stopping the motor would be bad for the TT, so I've been flipping/changing my records while leaving the TT spinning.
Presently I've just got the basic felt mat that came with it, and am already annoyed by the static electricity it can pick up, but I'm not sure if I want to go with a cork or leather mat, and I realize that's all subjective. And I'm leery about switching to an acrylic platter which many people seem to recommend for better sound with the Carbon Debut and changing on the fly.
I realize there's probably no 'right' answer, just looking for people's experiences and opinions. I've really just started, and have invested some decent money into records already. I want them to be around for awhile, but I'd like my TT to survive a long while too.