You may find that anti-skate is more easily set by ear rather than by weight.
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The grooveless record method is completely wrong for setting anti-skate. Swampy is right, set it by ear; even visually looking at the cantilever being centered in the magnetic gap is better than the method that you are using now. Elvick, if you want one cheaply, side four of Winter's "White Trash/Roadwork" is blank and it can be found very inexpensively.
assuming that anti skate is within the ballpark range of acceptable and the cantilever isn't being torqed in any one direction, what else is there? Giving some thought to this it almost seems that the coil/magnet proximity has vertically shifted on one of the channels At a given weight one coil will be closer to the magnet than the other, is this possible?
>>how can you audibly discern too much from too little force on anti-skate?<<
Assuming a good tonearm/cartridge match, good alignment, and proper VTF, excessive anti-skating will manifest itself as distortion/noise in the left channel. Conversely, not enough anti-skating causes same problem in right channel.