Do you have a Zerostat by Milty, if not try one they are a reasonable priced tweek and really work well.
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Is it possible that you are carrying the static charge and discharging when coming in contact with the metal platter while removing the record? That could be the case as you wouldn’t get that with the acrylic platter. I solved that problem by getting a 3 inch by 4 inch anti-static mat which is partially under the turntable for aesthetic reasons. I simply touch the mat and discharge myself. You connect the wire from the mat to the center screw that holds the cover to your wall outlet. It works like a charm and only cost around 25.00. A lot cheaper than the Milty Zerostat which is going for around 100.00 these days.
I've read mixed reviews on the Zerostat, and questionable quality of the item itself.
As for the antistatic mat - while I don't have one what I do do is touch the screw on my light switch right next to the audio rack right before I touch the TT. The screw is grounded to the box which is grounded to the house.