Responses from judsauce

Think I ruined stylus
@tsbarro I think your stylus was jealous!  
Advice needed on upgrading tonearm for VPI SCOUTMASTER
@ije  I never heard of VAS, or the Nova cartridge. Just checked out that site and will research that option. Looks very interesting. Thanks for the suggestion.   
Advice needed on upgrading tonearm for VPI SCOUTMASTER
@elliottbnewcombjr Thanks for your advise. Spoken from experience.  Makes sense, if nothing is wrong, which there isn't, why the pursuit?    
Advice needed on upgrading tonearm for VPI SCOUTMASTER
@ije , I am buoyed by your support of the Scoutmaster being a great table.  I'm glad you are still happy. I have noted all of your suggestions and will follow up with more research. @pinwa I get it about the preamp and going the route of a differ... 
Advice needed on upgrading tonearm for VPI SCOUTMASTER
Thanks folks.  It's a metal wand. And I can't update to a longer one. Wouldn't work with current arm board. Judging by the response, I guess it's not a great idea.  
Loud pop/screech when powering on amp
I used Steve at theservicedepartment to recap and fix a recall issue on an older Krell KAV 250 AMP.  He did a great job and is a super nice guy. The only thing is that he has a long wait list. And you'll probably pay at least what you spent on you... 
Component contributions to “sound stage”
@elliottbnewcombjr , I totally agree with you! Just a quick observation from me. After not having changed a component in almost a year, I took a leap and spent close to 4k on a new vacuum tube preamp with self generating power. I could not believ... 
The molecular level explanation of "cable burn-in"
Two Styrofoam cups and 20 feet of string works great for me. I order drinks from my wife, Wilma, in the kitchen for my friend Barney and me.   Fred, Yabadabbadoo!  
Stolen property
I agree with Roxy. The OP has written only ten words and is totally unengaging or the least bit thankful for all of your advice. Move on from this one.  
Whats on your turntable tonight?
Peter Gabriel, "I.O." dark mix. Fabulous.  
Kids, Dogs, and Speakers
Hang your speakers from the ceiling so they are about 5 feet up from the floor. Put all of you components on shelves, about the same height. Put your kids and dogs toys on the floor, in front of your listening chair and enjoy your music. You are k... 
Turntable Cartridge upgrade question.
I agree with @theflattire  You are going through all of this research using a Schiit Mani phono preamp? You have to be kidding. I have one as a back up. And when I auditioned it my system just to see how it sounded it was really lacking in presen... 
20 Years?
Been here since 2002. I've learned so much from you guys! Thank you all!?  
Smaller plug-in AC Purifiers -- Shunyata, iFi, Puron...something else? What do you like?
I bought a Puron a few months ago. Plugged it in to the same circuit behind my system. I think it's snake oil if you ask me.  
RCA Phono Interconnect Under $400
@jrcotner    Don't rule out Signal Cable. Frank makes cables, wire, interconnects,etc : all high end at giant killer prices. Perfect for your short run. I have had him make me xlr, rca interconnects and speaker wire as well as my phono turntable...