This is starting to anger me quite a bit: Alright. So. I get a turntable, it looks great, I got it for free, can't complain I run it through a tiny crappy amp: And it's ampin' quite a bit of noise, bummer. I try running it through my bass amp... same deal. Lots of hiss, and strangely enough if it gets amplified too loud it becomes a scream. I'm checking out the needle and it does look a little old, so I stupidly mess with it, and it breaks off. Now, here's a couple of questions: - Would a bad needle create hiss? Even if no record was running? Because it would amp noise when the record player wasn't moving... but on. - To replace a needle, do I need to replace the stylus? - According to Needle Doctor, a new Audio Technica ATN211 EP Stylus costs 50 bucks! Is that a decent price? - Are there any cheaper record player (AV hookups?) you know of, I'm specifically looking of turning my records into burned CDs and saving them. I have a feeling a very decent copy of "Meet the Beatles" might be worth something someday.