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Left is inside, the groove wall on your left facing the turntable. So when we have L channel tracking problems we think maybe too much anti-skate. Dial it back and try again. How did you set it? If there is a gauge, the correct setting is where it sounds correct, no matter the number or setting its on.
I had the nearly the same sort of issue playing vinyl short of the static noise through the left channel for the first 30 seconds. I found my problem to be too much static electricity in the atmosphere. I bought some of those copper socks and abracadabra, no more static. Now I sock up when ever listening. Problem solved.
If the sound is as it should be in the middle of the record, it's not likely a VTA issue. It's likely either anti skate, and/or incorrect overhang setup. I wonder if by "noise" you mean distortion. I'm guessing the latter, but if you are hearing extraneous noise it may be that these records are damaged. A good test is to play one on a turntable known to be correct.
Once static sees a crack in the door, it can be quite a puzzle, regular like yours or random.
Possible solutions IF others do not solve it.
1. My tonearm wires come out of the arm above the base, and go into a RCA junction box for soldering.
I found one of my litz wires insulation had become bare and was touching the tonearm’s baseplate ONLY during a certain portion of the arms arc. Tiny damn wire, I put a tiny amount of liquid rubber on the wire at the place of contact, problem solved.
2. remove and verifty tightness (or replace) all headshell wires. at least rule it out, inspect the tonearm wires connections to their connectors.
3. deoxit, contact cleaner on din pins, rca jacks, preamp jacks, make/break/make connections several times, at least to rule it out.
4. exchange din cable or rca cables, again, to rule the cable out.
I really appreciate everyone who has commented and it has given me some ideas and most of all the energy to try to get to the bottom of this. As shared in my original post, I've been frustrated to the point where it has affected my ability to troubleshoot. The problems started with my Garrard 301 and 401 and when the TW Acustic issue arose, add in a hectic work schedule, I was gassed out and didn't want to deal with it anymore.
This morning I rechecked all my settings and continue the troubleshooting, what I found is the cartridge loading selector knob on my Jasmine phono stage would intermittently cause static-like noises.
At the same time, the four records (totaling 8 sides) that I've been using to test were new from my latest order. 5 out of the 8 sides had the same static at the beginning of it. Yes, embarrassing but unbelievable that 5 out of the eight sides had static-like noises at the beginning. I drove over to a friend's house to confirm the static on my new vinyl on his system. We both couldn't believe it. The Jasmine phono has been dropped off to be looked at by a local technician, hopefully, it's just the selector knob that needs to be replaced.
I've updated in an earlier post and on my system page my findings on these issues. The cartridge loading selector knob on one of my phono stage would intermittently cause static-like noises. Add in a number of bad pressings on a previous order, and static on a newly retipped cartridge are the cause of all my frustration. So a few different things happening at the same time. I appreciate everyone who has shared advices here and the few who has sent me messages, I can see better days coming!
Although it sounds as if your alignment is off, I am guessing that you have checked this, vertically, horizontally, and side to side-front to back, whatever that is called. I once had an issue with a binding wire in the anti-skate mechanism. The owner's manual for my pal's Grace branded Rega 3, Grace 707, and Grace F-9 system has an interesting comment on anti-skating: Watch the stylus and see if it bend either way a bit when playing a record. Adjust anti-skate to stop this.
I must be losing my mind. Scar, you say you heard the same static-like distortions on the same LPs at your friends house using his completely different system as what you are hearing on your own system. For me, this would exonerate your turntable/ tonearm /cartridge from being the source of the problem. Seems like your problem is with your LPs. So I wonder why the discussion about what equipment you should buy is ongoing.
I experienced this same thing within the last couple of weeks. We live in AZ and the HVAC unit for the master bedroom and the library/main listening room had not been turned on all winter because we like to "sleep cold" and I'm comfortable in the listening room with a sweatshirt if needed. Unknown to me my wife had turned the thermostat to 68 to just take the chill off. This coincided exactly with the phenomenon you're describing.
All of a sudden the air was much drier and static was much more present. It took a couple of days for me to figure out the connection. As with what you describe the static would build up and be noticeable in the middle of the record. Part of what I discovered was that if I lifted the stylus and cleaned it the effect seemed to be far less. Probably this took the static off the system. I simply rehumidified the library/main listening room and the phenomenon like what you described completely disappeared and all was back to normal.
I don't know where you live but if something like that has gone on in terms your living situation leading to having much dryer rooms and therefore more static it might be a solution for you. Hope this helps.
unless this problem is happening with all your lp's i don't see how it can be a cartridge alignment/ tracking force issue or static. i have some lp's (and 45's) that exhibit the same problem-it is in the vinyl. as to new lp's, i have found most of the new lp's ("remastered, heavy vinyl") are worse sounding than the original(old) version i have.