@oneguy A new cartridge will really let the Sol take on a whole new level. I went COMPLETELY overkill cause I wanted to try it, but I went from a 2M Blue to a Benz Micro Zebra L. Holy Santa Clause S#!+! What a difference. It's like the table was a redneck hunter who put down it's beer and trucker cap and turned into James Bond in a tuxedo and ordering a shaken martini. When the reviewers all said the Sol will scale with whatever cartridge you put with it they weren't kidding. Point being, this table really lets you splurge when it comes to a cartridge and downstream components and it won't be wasted money. Just wish I had an extra arm to swap back and forth for those beer and trucker cap occasions. Also now that I removed the power from the control pod, things sound fantastic. I still had to dress my wired a bit funky using an old record brush to prop them up. But even for my cheaper Project Tube Box S2 phono stage is dead quiet even at max gain. My Hapa cables are one side shielded directional just like @toddrhodes but I can't seem to tell a difference in sound with regards to direction. And now that I have them finally dressed to where I get no hum, I'll be damned if I'm moving anything.