Greetings, oh my brothers,
After listening to music by way of boomboxes and headphones for the 
past few years, I decided to buy, finally, a decent am/fm stereo 
receiver for my 50th birthday.  I got one at Radio Shack.  A 
Sherwood RX-4103.  105 watts/channel RMS with .03% THD.  A receiver 
like this would've cost four or five hundred bucks 25 years ago.  I 
paid $100.  I hooked up my old but trusty JBL L100 speakers, my 
cassette/CD player boombox, and my VCR and DVD players.  What a 
sound, oh my brothers!  Clean..powerful...The more I increased the 
volume, the better the sound!  Then I hooked up my good Pioneer 
manual turntable to the AUX inputs.  (There aren't any phono inputs, 
but I didn't think it would matter...Those of you in-the-know are 
laughing now!!)  I put on a record, set the tone arm gently on the 
beginning of the record....and got NOTHING, unless I turned the 
volume all the way up.  Then I got a tinny, faraway sound... Dammit, 
I wanted to hear the mating call of the adult male mudshark with 
some VOLUME...I didn't panic...I went to Sherwood's website and 
clicked the "questions and answers" link.  There, lo and behold, the 
very first question was "Why won't my turntable work??" Sherwood's 
answer was simple.  All I needed was a "phono pre-amplifier 
available at most electronics shops for $20-$30." Hahahaha...Radio 
Shack, Best Buy, and Circuit City don't have them and didn't even 
know what they were.  I did a Google search for "phono pre-
amplifiers." hahaha...I found one as big as my receiver for 300 
dollars...I found a few schematics....I found things that looked 
like junk, and pre-amps for turntables with moving-coil cartridges, 
which I don't have....LOL....Can any of you give me some advice or 
information, oh my brothers??  I own over 300 record albums in 
excellent condition, many of them imports...I'm sick and disgusted 
and infuriated...I thank you in advance, oh me brothers...

very stoned regards, grey_hipster       

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