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Cartridge Set up Tools

Unread post by Rectified » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:51 pm

Another band wagon the Snake oil crew like to jump onto.

However what do you use to align your Cartridge & apply Tracking force?

Nothing special with me cos you know why i do not need it.

'Metrosound' Balance i bought as new old stock around 1980 & a 'Tonar' cartridge Alignment Protractor

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Re: Cartridge Set up Tools

Unread post by Simon Hickie » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:05 pm

Free cartridge alignment tool from Popular Hifi decades ago plus Shure cartridge balance.
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Re: Cartridge Set up Tools

Unread post by Rectified » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:09 pm

Ive still got a full set of Popular Hi-Fi mags. Big heavy mags

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Re: Cartridge Set up Tools

Unread post by Geoff.R.G » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:53 pm

I have an alignment protractor and a balance but I haven't used them since about 1980

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Unread post by _D_S_J_R_ » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:49 pm

I retain my Linn set up protractor (65mm null to centre distance but 'adjustable.' I also use the little Ortofon balance which is fine for basic checking, especially with the Garrards and very old Duals which aren't as accurate as the newer ones which are...

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Re: Cartridge Set up Tools

Unread post by davjam13 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:05 am

I was using an old Hifi world protractor and electronic scales and thought I had it right, I then bought a different turntable and couldn't get the antiskate right so I bought the HiFi news test lp and the difference was well worth the cost, it was like upgrading the cartridge.
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Re: Cartridge Set up Tools

Unread post by Classicrock » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:32 pm

Bastin / Polaris protractor plus a few free with magazine ones including Townshend. Shure stylus balance and £20 or less chinese electronic job from ebay. Slurpers rebadge them and charge £80+. Also have an HFS 75 test record rarely used.

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Re: Cartridge Set up Tools

Unread post by mules » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:29 pm

I use a paper protractor from Vinylengine and a £7 Neoteck set of scales. I wouldn't mind a go on a Dr Feickert thingy, just to see how far out I am (or not).

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Re: Cartridge Set up Tools

Unread post by mayebaza » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:47 pm

I use an Avid Protractor for Rega Arms. It has a mirrored surface which helps to see what the canter lever is doing. A cheap set of spirit bubbles to level the plinth and RTA. £12 scales to set the cartridge weight. Remember fine tuning is always done by ear because cartridges are hand made and my differ slightly from the manufacturer's ideal settings.

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Unread post by zebbo » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:48 pm

I use the Dr Feickert set up tool, absolute breeze. Using an SME V makes it even easier as it basically just needs the spindle to pivot distance set and bob's yer uncle. The SME has a pretty accurate adjustment wheel on the side for VTF and more often than not I'll just set it with that. I checked it a couple of times with my digital scales and found that it's within next to nothing of accurate. I have a digital scale I got for subscribing to Hi-Fi News years ago, nice bit of kit actually.
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