Ha, no easy answers for you. The tonearm rest is deceptively painful to replace. You need to remove the tonearm from the base, loosen the height adjustment ring from the tonearm and rotate it around a bit in order to get screwdriver access to the screw that secures that plastic clip. I'd consider either bending a #1 Philips screwdriver at a right angle so I didn't have to do surgery on it if that was the only reason for taking it apart. (or I guess you could always buy one...) I like the 44-7 carts for timecode, but that's only $65 USD or so per cart - and you will need another soon enough. I've never used dust covers (M3D.) My decks are home-based, so I just use a towel to cover the mixer and decks when not in use. I still have reservations about that strobe issue on the black deck. Could be a can of worms... I'd rather adjust pitch than chase down that strobe malfunction. How easy is it to get parts in Singapore? Any chance of getting a "donor" table for parts?