A new way of adjusting anti skate!


I was looking at the Wallyskater, a $250 or so contraption used to set anti skate. https://www.wallyanalog.com/wallyskater  It is reputedly the most accurate way to set anti skate. Talking about fiddly. 

The appropriate figure is 9 to 11 percent of VTF. So if you are tracking at 2 grams you want 0.2 grams of anti skate.
My Charisma tracks at 2.4 grams so I should set the anti skate for 0.24 grams..................................Bright light!.
I readjusted the Syrinx PU3 to zero so that it was floating horizontally. I set up a digital VTF gauge on it's side at the edge of the platter so that the finger lift would be in the cross hairs, activated the anti skate and was easily able to adjust it to 0.24 grams. I started at 0.18 grams and just added a little more. Whatever you measure the anti skate from it has to be at the same radius as the stylus. If you do not have a finger lift at the right location you can tack a toothpick to the head shell and measure from that. As long as you have the whole affair balanced at zero you will be fine. Added cost $0.00 as long as you have a digital VTF gauge. 

I would not buy stock in Wallyskater.
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What about those test records with the blank bit in the middle?
I like the directions that came with an old pal's Grace tonearm and cartridge.  Look at the stylus and adjust the anti-skate until the cantilever stays straight when playing.  We did this, and guess what?  Some recordings, such as Sheffield D to D, require re-adjustment from lesser grooved LP's, and moreso from old mono recordings.  
After Many years I finally found the proper way to set anti skate and all the rest. . I found this info from Sean @  Zu Audio from whom I bought  a precision Denon 103 Art Dudley's favorite and mine. First Level the Table .Second you must buy a 33 blank record then set tracking force. Next do stylus/ groove alignment  using inner and outer groove using a Shure  alignment indexing tool that buts up to spindle or  template that came with your arm ( inner and outer ) . This tool can also be found on the Web. On the blank record set the arm in the middle and set  your anti skate it so it stays in the middle where the grooves would be while turntable is spinning. This will assure your anti skate is perfect. This will also allow you to set up Vertical tracking angle perfectly by looking at the reflection while record is stationary that you observe on the shiny blank record. When proper the reflection will show both angles as the same this is called Orthogonally correct and will look like a perfect V...
Blank Vinyl Records - 12 Inch BLACK VINYLBLANK VINYL RECORD, Gotta Groove RecordsSold by: Gottagrooverecs  Bought from Amazon. So beside the index tool and Shure Tracking Force gauge this is all you will ever need to get a perfectly set up cartridge without spending a lot of money and you will be Astounded by the sound you hear. I'm 76 better late than never LOL..
Blank vinyl records are a bad way to do this. The tip of the stylus digs into the vinyl creating it's own groove. Try it and then look at the record under the light and you will see the groove! It will over estimate the amount of anti skating required.
I discovered that digital stylus gauges will not reliable measure weight horizontally even with the tare adjusted. But I have created a solution to that problem. Stay tuned. I intend on beating Wally Skater at it's own game!!