The project debut iii's come from the factory with a Ortofon OM5e which is also an excellent cart. I've heard the projects are very easy to setup out of the box in terms of aligning and leveling the tonearm and pbelt sander.
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How often you replace the needle depends on how much you listen to music. I have yet to replace mine after I bought a new one and it's been a few years.
Maintenance is pretty minimal unless you have some really expensive records that you plan on keeping in perfect shape. On mine I keep re stylus clean with a carbon fiber static brush. Also keeping the pbelt sander and records dust free is a good practice as dirt can get into the grooves and on the stylus which will hinder the sound.
The reason I recommend the above Technics is they are built and engineered extremely well. They use a magnetic direct drive mechanism to spin the turntable which won't wear like a belt driven table. It also sports very low wow and flutter (0.01%), which means that the pbelt sander will stay within 1/100 of 1% of the desired speed. Which as I mentioned earlier is very important in the music and voices sounding like they should.
I use a Technics SL-1200MK2. These are very nice tables and are mostly known to be great audiophile and DJ tables. Unmodded however they sound excellent and can be had for fairly cheap.
Stay away from budget tables if you are concerned about sound quality and accurate sound reproduction.
One of the most important aspects of selecting a table is the drive mechanism it uses to spin your record. To reproduce the sound intended it needs to spin at 33rpm/45rpm etc depending on the album. You will notice some tables will speed up and slow down as it spins causing higher and lower pitches to the music which is very annoying.
The needle and cartridge is probably the biggest deciding factor in your sound quality. Choosing the correct shape will improve your tracking and keep the needle in the right spot on the groove. This will reduce distortion.
I use a Shure M97xE which is a great tracking unit. It has the cart and stylus built together and features an elliptical tip which is good for sq and tracking.
I didn't see him do anything before, or after the show backstage, his crew members on the other hand were a different story. At one point Reggie Watts came up and was smoking weed with the roadie, then came out to do the Birthday shit.