BMC - I use the Stanton 500 series too - but I have the 500 MK II model.
Yes, these aren't the most expensive, high-end cartridges/needles around, but I've been happy with their performance so far.
Sounds like you got the pressue thing under control now - so I wanted to ask another question re: the stylus itself.
Can anyone expand on the major differences b/t Elliptical vs Spherical needles?
It seems like everytime I ask a guy at a dj shop about the differences, I get a million stories, each contradicting what the other guy said. Same goes for web info. Can anyone (ehh, hmm Juha) break it down inna basic info stylee
Is one 'safer' to use than the other - specifically, does one 'dig' into a record more than the other?
Last ting - Is one better to use on the so-called rougher, older Jamaican 45's - or is this a myth too?