Cartridge setup revisited


I know this subject has been beat to death, but I just had to share this. I know I have a mid-fi setup comparatively to some/most here, but. I got some new magnifiers and a loupe for Christmas. So, I pulled out the old DB Systems protractor and took a look at my cart setup. Well, I could now see that it was off. Not much, but still. So, I tweaked the cart, and got it where I believe it should've been. Put on a familiar LP for a listen. My GF comes out of the computer room, asking "what the hell did you do"? "Just tweaked the cart a little honey". Everything just opened up. Bass, you'd think I added a sub. Soundstage, huge, well..... Much more 3D like.

Amazing. I didn't move things much, just a tiny bit.

So, my suggestion to all, is get some great magnification, light, add re-check the cart alignment.

I'm sold........
04rdking
I have been waiting for 2 months for a WallyTractor to fine tune my setup so I am hoping for the same results. Congrats. I hope Wally will finally send me my Michael Fremer recommended set up device to tweak my rig.\

Happy listening.
G'day all, a nice story! As my close distance eyesight is so poor these days, I use one of those helmet magnifiers when doing overhang adjustments with a Baerwald two point gauge protractor.

It makes this very important job a lot easier and is highly recommended for those even with 'normal' vision as an aid to correct overhang adjustment. Regards, Fap.
Where does one get a helmet magnifier?
I'll bet it is still off. Get a Mint protractor and hear that same kind of improvement still again.
Also, see the pics accompanying this thread I started a while back:
http://forum.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/fr.pl?eanlg&1140840022&openmine&Nsgarch&4&5&st0
So, my suggestion to all, is get some great magnification, light, add re-check the cart alignment.I'm sold........
04rdking

Wow! I didn't know that! .. LOL :-))
Honey .. many here use magnifying glass and the best tractors available from years!
Besides you 'll be more "sold" if you buy a MintLP Best Tractor for your arm and turntable .. as Stringreen wrote above
All I was trying to say, especially to the analog newbies, is check, re-check and check the cart alignment again. As far as a Mint, not sure I could get one for the wooden arm.
Since a wooden arm would not be dimensionally stable at typical range of residential temps and humidity, I think a Mint might be overkill.
I would agree Swamp. Maybe a Wally universal at most.
Madfloyd, try your local electronics parts/ hobbyist store. That's where I bought mine. Regards, Fap.
As in many things, there is no substitute for the best position....Jallen
"Since a wooden arm would not be dimensionally stable at typical range of residential temps and humidity,"
Perhaps the humidity may affect a wooden arm (although I can't imagine that the wood would not have been properly sealed against such absorption?)......the dimensional stabilty of a wooden arm with temperature variations will be an order of magnitude better than arms constucted of aluminium, titanium, plastic and perhaps even carbon-fibre?
Witness the DaVinci Grandezza arms and the Schroeder arms.
My bad; what was I thinking! Of course they are sealed! Must've been a senior moment. Sorry.