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Some have gotten their feet wet. Others have taken the plunge. Still others shy away from the deep end. Sound like a typical day at swim class? No way! I'm talking about turntable cartridge alignment. Many vinyl veterans already know how important this is to sound quality, and how misalignment can be mistaken for a flawed format. Others just starting out may not even realize adjustment is possible. And some of these adjustments are merely personal choice! Want more high frequencies? Okay, adjust this thingy that-a-way. Like it detailed? Sure thing! Adjust that thing-a-muh-bob with this watcha-ma-call-it.

There are almost as many self-proclaimed cartridge-alignment experts as you can shake a tonearm-shaped stick at! So what's a budding vinylphile to do? The less picky among us will probably just follow the first Googled hit (...ahem... stop verbing your nouns!). Others will opt for painstaking mathematical approaches. That's not what we care about here. We want beginners feeling confident just thinking about aligning a cartridge. We don't want them scared going near one. So how about it! What's your favorite method? :bigsmile:
 

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No favorites? Not to worry. Here are some resources for cartridge setup:

Beginner's Guide #1
Beginner's Guide #2

This page offers some of the required tools
Only $20 for the alignment tool (protractor), $15 for the stylus-force gauge, and $5 for the bubble level.
 

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Michael Fremer of Stereophile fame is a vinylphile, no doubt. But don't let that scare you away from this excellent guide. It can get a little cheesy at times, but Mr. Fremer's expertise at TT setup is highly regarded. Here's one way to get your copy (only $30)!

Paraphrased from that webpage:
Michael Fremer, the senior contributing writer to Stereophile Magazine and an expert in all things analog, presents his Practical Guide to Turntable Set-Up! Shot in his listening room, Fremer sets up a Project RM-5, a VPI Scoutmaster and a Rega P5, which he feels are among the most ubiquitous and popular 'tables in the world and covered both fixed bearing and unipivot set-up.

"The video was designed to allay the fears of many audio buffs about setting up their turntables, and it should be most successful at that effort. Veterans can pick up some pointers too... The DVD is sure to be of valuable functional service to many audio buffs..." - John Sunier, audaud.com



Features:
• NTSC - English language, no regional coding
• 1:33:1 (4:3) aspect ratio
• Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
• Detailed set-up of a Pro-Ject RM-5 (RPM-5 outside the USA)
• Detailed set-up of a Rega P5
• Detailed set-up of a VPI Scoutmaster
• Using the techniques detailed on this DVD in conjunction with the manufacturer's instructions, you will be able to set-up any turntable, and align virtually any phono cartridge on any tonearm ever made
• Includes bonus interview with mastering engineer George Marino and a "tour" of Sterling Sound's Neumann cutting system
• Detailed PDG file included in DVD-ROM section of disc features even more information and set-up tips

Total running time, 3:09:39
 
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