I have a VPI Scout with a JMW9T tonearm and an Audio Technica AT33PTG/II dual moving coil cartridge. This is now my second AT33PTG/II on this table and I refuse to buy another one so soon. For some reason, I'm only getting about a year's worth of life out of the thing and I certainly don't put THAT many hours on my table. An average of 8-10 hours of playing time per week maybe. What I'm experiencing: When I first get my cart, I'm thrilled with it. No obvious mistracking, no IGD, no sibilence at all except in very rare cases (which I attribute to bad cuts/pressings). Serious audiophile grade sound. Over time, an issue arises. The first time, somehow my cantilever got slightly bent resulting in distortion and excessive surface noise. I can't really say for sure how, and I've begun to wonder if it did so under regular use. So I replaced the cart in March of 2018, and recently I've found a new problem. More and more mistracking, and now I'm getting excessive sibilence too. It used to be when I played a clean record, I wouldn't hear any of the problems that can be associated with vinyl. But recently, on my fairly decent system, my records are starting to sound like I have a lower end setup. I can easily tell I'm listening to vinyl, as I'm dealing with sibilence and other distortion. I clean my stylus with Last stylus cleaner after every side. I can only guess that I'm neither too gentle nor too rough about doing so. I clean every single one of my records and do not at all believe my current cleaning process is introducing these problems. I agonized over this and finally got it right after many failures. I checked my tracking force and it's at just under 2.1 grams which is ever so slightly over what is recommended. I DO mostly play used records, and I recognize that they can come with various degrees of wear, but it's starting to sound like most every used record I buy is worn a little, and that's just not feeling right to me. Because I seem to keep having problems with this cart, I'm ready to just toss it all and start over, at least as much as I can afford. One has to assume that doing that will fix my problem, right? So, I can dig up about $2500. Maybe $3000 if I starve myself for a while. Should I replace my TT, tonearm and cart? It doesn't look like I can upgrade the arm on the Scout past what I have now. And if I replace all three, can I get a setup that will CLEARLY improve on the AT33PTG/II so that I can at least hear what I'm paying for? I want what any picky audiophile would want on clean records - No sibilence, no distortion, and a clean sound as close to what's on the vinyl as I can afford (limited surface noise is a plus too). After hearing what this setup can do before it went to hell, I really do want the best that I can get. So, unless someone knows what is likely causing my problem, can you strongly recommend a $2500 replacement setup that will make me glad I made the change? I am NOT looking to pinch pennies here, as I do not want to upgrade again for a while. I appreciate your responses, but it helps me a bit if you can maybe give me a bit of detail behind what you upgraded from and what problems you solved with the items you'll recommend to me. Meaning, a bit of history may help me understand if you're as picky as I am.