Turntable Basics - Phono Cartridge Alignment Tool/ Standard Spindle Hole

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Turntable Set Up Tools

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Turntable Basics has made the best cartridge alignment tool possible.

An essential tool for installing any phono cartridge. Obtaining correct overhang length and alignment is essential to obtaining proper audio reproduction, and avoiding unnecessary record and stylus damage. This is a precision job and cannot be done by eye alone.

Based on long-accepted alignment geometry, but superbly executed, this alignment tool has a combination of features not available anywhere else. It is also the easiest to use.

The mirrored surface makes all measurements easier and more accurate. The mirror's parallax effect allows the elimination of sighting errors, and provides better lighting, critical in making fine adjustments on small parts. The two null points on the alignment tool are surrounded by concentric squares instead of a grid, so that the user will be measuring the cartridge body's lineup against parallel lines at each edge.

Finally, the horizontal sight-line, which is to be pointed at the pivot point of the tonearm when measuring alignment in the outer grid, ensures correct overhang length on any tonearm, irrespective of its effective length. There is an inverse relationship between the effective length of the tonearm and the optimal offset angle of the headshell.

Regardless of effective length, the two "null points," at which the stylus should be perfectly tangent to the groove, are the same. A properly designed and mounted tonearm will allow the cartridge to line up properly in both grids.

Complete instructions are included. They cover:

levelling the turntable
adjusting vertical tracking angle
calibrating and adjusting the tracking weight
setting overhang length
adjusting the tracking angle
checking and adjusting azimuth
Because some turntable models (i. e. Empire, Thorens, Luxman, VPI, Systemdek, Well Tempered) have larger spindles, this alignment tool is available with either a standard or oversized spindle hole. Please specify which model you need, or, which turntable model you own.

Standard Spindle Hole (0.282 inches/7.163 mm)

Customer Reviews (4.67 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

Invaluable Set-Up Tool

posted on 06/25/2010
5 Stars
Reviewer: Melanie
The Turntable Basics alignment tool has simple instructions, is easy to use, the two-position grids ensure proper alignment, etc. -- but what sets this one apart is the mirrored surface. True, it can make your eyes cross after a while, but it permits a degree of visibility unrivaled by other tools. It is especially valuable with low- riding cartridges or those that are particularly boxy (for example, Grados, Benz, etc.). (As another usage, it has proved valuable in conjunction with a lighted loupe to check the stylus and cart underbody condition). I have tried many alignment tools and this one is by far the best.

Easy to use, effective

posted on 11/10/2008
4 Stars
I have a Benz Micro Glider, Rega 250 and JA Michelle Gyrodec. A friend with a Wally Tractor helped me align last time. I used this tool on my own when I replaced the Glider with a new one. I am just as happy with the current results as those achieved with the Wally Tractor.

Great product

posted on 03/07/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: Shawn McCann
Detailed, easy to read instructions for lining up the tool on the platter, and for lining up your cartridge. Had to take out my contact lenses to focus on the alignment lines etched on the tool, but that's just a matter of my eyes getting older. I would recommend using a magnifying glass with this or any other alignment tool.

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