I'm sure it is fine if tracking within manufacturers specification.
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
My Benz was fitted personally by Peter from Alternative Audio - recommended by cjsf.
Peter worked with different three point shims to get a horizontal tone arm. The cartridge seems closer to the vinyl (only about 1.5mm above) now that I've increased the downforce.
Did I recomend alternative Audio? . . . I remember I said they were a Benz stockist?
If Shims were used at instalation, I would think the VTA is OK enough?
Provided the catridge does not strike the vinyl on warps . . . is it noticably lower since the magnet grabed it . . . ? In other words, go back to 1.65g and see?
The comments about the magnetic downforce are very interesting and I've started to wonder might have been responsible for totalling my dynavector 10x5.
I bought a cr-h/ha touch screen digital scale as I had two Project balance scales that gave differing results and wanted something more accurate.
Decided to choose a medium priced digital scale rather than the expensive specialised cartridge scales.
I noticed right from the start that on my sl1200 once the platter was off you needed to be careful to get the level flat by using a small circular spirit level or the stylus would slide in an alarming manner once lowered compared with the more specialist cart scales that have a specific point to lower down on.
I bought the 10x5 and it sounded great but noticed that it was running very low to the vinyl and at times making contact with warps. I found out that some 10x5 do seem to be "low riders" I tried reducing the tracking force and redoing the the tracking force a few times without much help then on one occasion the cantilver just gave out copletely and the 10x5 became unrepairable.
I put the collapse down to buying a low mileage used stylus on ebay and have been saving up to get a brand new one. I've just tried my old 10x5 on the scale again and yes it does stick to it like glue. Although I can't be sure it was the measuring scale I think I will be getting a proper scale next time once I get the cash for a new 10x5. I really dont want to total £330 worth of cartridge if at all possible,
I agree that if you have the money (and I assume you do if you use expensive cartridges/MC's) there is no harm in buying something made purposely.
This will give you the security of an anti magnetic platform ... albeit at a price, a quite substantial one in certain cases.
Or you could just put something anti-magnetic on the platform and use the tare function.
Most of the things probably come out of the same factory somewhere in Shenzhen.
I have two pairs of 'propper stylus cales scales' one mesures to 2 point, the other to 3. I thought, 'I wonder how acurate they are', got my 5p out, give it a wipe, the cheaper and smaller 2 points scales, mesured the 5p at 3.25g , 3.26g and 3.29g. The 3 point scales mesured consistently over three tries at 3.247g, in both cases I used tweezers to pick the 5p up. I thought about it for a while . . . it does not matter, the sound should be assesed by ear, the down force reading is only used as a known starting point for referance. However, consistancy is good so the 3 points scales will be my future referance choice, in bothe cases the platform thickness to record/patter surface is 5.5mm
Another point of referance whilst I was at it, neith of the 'propper stylus scales' have a magnetic platform.
The 2 point scales cost around £20, the 3 point unit was £27. Both from the Bay, took a week or three to arive. THe cheaper one was falty so was replaced with out any fuss. Not expensive considering the peace of mind and the potential upgrade and consistancy in sound quality offered?
I agree, £27 is still not a lot for a digital scale considering the manual Shures cost as much.
I just thought hey ... £6 ... lets try. They work fine and are consistent but you got to use what you feel happy with.
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