Dadawada has it exactly. Talk to a tech at Fine Sounds and get the right counterweight. The other option is to add weight to the headshell. A half gram of Bluetack will also damp any resonance.
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The Shure scale and similar beam balance scales are hopeless. 60 year old technology based on pre-industrial science. The pivot carries far too much friction - if you tap one end and let it swing to a halt it never stops in the same place. I doubt it's accurate to a quarter gramme. Don't use it. I binned mine in the 80s when the first digital strain gauge scales appeared. The one I use now reads to a 100th of a gramme and repeatedly gives exactly the same reading. Essential.
1+ @baylinor , The guys that set these turntables up at dealerships know less about turntable set up than most of all of you. Setting up a turntable is not rocket science, it just takes a few tools. There are YouTubes all over the place on the subject. If you can use a screw driver you can set up a cartridge. I can understand why most will not install a tonearm, that takes a drill press. But align a cartridge?
The problem with proper cartridge alignment is that it take patience and you have to be very fastidious. You have to really care about what you are doing and nobody but the owner is going to be careful enough to really get it right. The dealers only have the patience for a ballpark job at best. When is the last time a dealer asked you what alignment you would like?
@dadawada I will have to double check the box to see what may be in there. I don't recall extra counter weights.
Yes, learning to do the cartridge set up can be a natural next step, but for many -myself included, who are living very busy lives and somethings are not going to be at the top of the to do list. This was one of them for me.
@fuzztone so with your logic if you don't own a vineyard then you can not enjoy a glass of wine?
@baylinor that is an interesting comment, but to treat your cartridge with so much variance to get it to your" sweet spot?" That can be very subjective. You could hypothetically do that every time when you change a genre of music.
The settings on the phono stage are a similar comparison. I would prefer not to be changing all these settings every time I spin an album. I want it to be set up correctly and then properly maintain that-which regrettably I was not doing. It is clear that I need to at the very least invest in a stylus weight.
Thanks for everyone's comments. I hope to get it back this week and will report back.
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