Awesome, thank you! I did notice the tonearm swinging in and out, and it does look like the record is pressed off center. I also did NOT apply oil to the bearing during assembly (there was no mention of this in the setup instructions, unless I missed it) - but I do recall seeing a small bottle of oil that came with, so will look into that and check out the belt and such. Appreciate the help! Hopefully I can return the fault album.