I'd recommend a Ringmat. Not as cheap as it looks, but I've seen good used ones for $40. Good luck, Dave
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You might also consider a cork mat. VPI has a replacement cork mat made for its record cleaning machines -- about $10, as I recall -- and I'm using it on my VPI HW-10 Mk4 TT. It has a peel-off back with sticky surface, so it will adhere to the platter if that's your preference. You can buy the cork mat direct from VPI (see their web site), or from a VPI dealer.
I know I'm chiming in (too) late, but I've recently been using a variant of this mat on my P3/RB300/Denon DL160. It's slightly thicker than the standard Rega felt, so VTA will be affected. It avoids the static issues with the standard felt mat, and so far I'm happy with the sound and ease of use--compared to, say, the None-felt variants, which are tricky to use without starting & stopping the platter after every side. It's also super-cheap: a sheet of the foam cost me 36 cents, including tax.
I find living with a Linn Sondek Lp12 and the felt mat that it came with is not a static problem. My home is an old forced air system which one might think would lend itself to the problem yet it doesn't. The only thing I can think of is that I do not play a single record that hasn't gone through my VPI machine and had a good washing. This includes the new ones to rid them of mold release.
I have tried other mats such as the extreme non-felt that I would highly NOT recommend as it leaves a sticky matter on the record surface. Most like the Ring Mat are expensive and I don't hear the improvement. LOL Cheers!
I have the same issue with my P25 and I have found that Radio Shack Anti-Static spray works. I does require re-treatment occasionally. Make sure to let it dry before you use the mat again. Sorry it doesn't tighten the bass or make any sound improvements. But it does take to worry out of having the mat drop and spin in to the cartridge.
You got me thinking(always a struggle)...
Isn't the answer to almost every query here "it depends on the rest of your equipment"? I'm starting to believe that "audio forum participant" is just sort of a hobby, kind of like "audio enthusiast". Sometimes I think that my "help" just perpetuates the "grass is greener" audio spiral. Not sure if any opinions really help. Just some thoughts...
Goto audioasylum.com and make a spotmat. I used one on my P25 and it worked miracles in my analogue setup. The highs were clearer. There was more atomphere, the bass was tighter, and much more detail. All this for $2.
Given I have no armboard for my Rega on my 19 Mk IV (customized plinth), I might use some betwen the VTA adjuster screw, the plinth, and the locking nut on the tonearm pillar. I will also use some to replace that cheap rubber washer they give to keep clamped records from warping.