I'm learning just how little I know about publishing to YouTube!
Anyway, even though I totally dropped the ball so far, I went ahead and created a new account called "No Static at All" and posted VERY raw footage of about 4 1/2 minutes of video taken when I unboxed the RT85 today.
(### Replaced by updated version of the six parts spliced together ###)
I assume this will work for everyone. I went and changed the new account to "Public" and used LightWorks to publish 720P raw video. Somehow I managed to record the entire thing SANS audio. I had my lavalier mic hooked up to the Canon camera and had tested it - which seemed to be just fine - of course. I suppose that I will be able to redo the whole thing, add audio and synchronization and figure out why my attempts to graft the six pieces I hacked out of the 20 minutes total footage I took I had chopped down to roughly 10 minutes, maybe 8 or 9 once I figure out what I am doing wrong, or if perhaps it is simply unwilling to do anything more until I pay for it.
It seems pretty odd that they would cripple it so badly that you can't really figure out if it is worth having, much less paying for. Anyway, this is pretty much horrid, but I didn't want to delay at least posting it here.
Now that I know the problem I will figure out why, and get on with the setup process including the VTA, SRA, Azimuth, etc. I have all the tools I need for everything except for the USB microscope which is apparently just sitting in California for a week now, as far as I can tell. It's either the postal service or the guy printed out the shipping label and didn't actually have the $20 item he sold me on eBay? I have always had great luck there for over 20 years now, but maybe I found my first con? Not certain, but I will figure it out and get one from Amazon by Monday if it appears I was bamboozled.
This is one short step short of embarrassing, but I will get over it and figure things out.
Hudson HiFi protractor & lucite block, 280 gram Viborg record weigh with integrated 60Hz marking and bubble level, Hosa cables, etc. All here save for the microscope.
I am not one to go spend $80-$100 on one of the AudioQuest "Wildcat" or Pangea Audio Premier SE interconnects or similar, but the $8 investment sounded reasonable.
Some things I assumed would be in the documentation is not, but much is obvious once you look. Here's the basic information many have asked for. By the way, just for comparison an Ortofon SH-4 headshell weighs 9.6 grams if you use the short screws and 10.4 if you need the longer version pair of screws. I just weighed a new one I have here already.
That seems to eliminate most metal bodied cartridges like Nagaoka MP-300, but most reasonably priced MM carts should work. Even their MP-200 or lower should, although finding and using a lighter headshell might make it possible to use a 9 gram cart like the MP-300? We'll see, I'm sure! The stated range is 3.5 to 7.5 grams.