My cheap Chinese scale is a revelation. You must have invested in the really f’n cheap one.
I agree with Jason and more.
If you can't setup your own TT you have NO business owning one.
I believe a trusted TT technician can do better than the home hobbyist. Most don’t have an oscilloscope to check output and other tracking errors. However, the OP might have noticed the counterweight was at the limit of its travel suggesting there might be a problem.
fuzztone wrote, "If you can't setup your own TT you have NO business owning one."
What as piece of bloviated bullshit. I am blind in one eye and my sighted eye has required retina surgery inside the eyeball twice in the last seven years to retain the vision I have with it. A good turntable set up guy is a must for me. On the other hand I have designed and built my own speakers for the last thirty-eight years. How would you like it if I said those who can not design and build their own speakers have no business owning speakers.