Yes, I think you might be right about that...I think I read someone else theorizing that, and it makes sense.
Yeah, I heard that too, I think that's a red herring. Seems to me that presupposes that no one that knows anything about manufacturing turntables ever used steel in their platters before, or bothered to test for any interaction. I suppose it's possible, but I'm guessing that the relative power of the magnet in the cartridge is actually so low that it's a non-issue. But I could be wrong.
Interesting you say that - what color is your base? I got the Piano Black, and I like the "all-black" look - I thought the white acrylic patter would disrupt that and was wishing the platter came in black.