Not dirty, and certainly no secret.
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@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.
Setting up a cartridge is not as difficult as some make out. You do need to have the proper tools but if you’re investing in a nicer turntable you should also want to learn how to set it up.
Some of what you need you can download and print out from the internet, like a cartridge alignment sheet. A good cartridge tracking weight scale is good to have for about $60.
For most cartridges it takes about 10 minutes.
I had 3 retinal surgeries plus the resultant cataract fix in 1 year in my dominant eye. BFD
I have SCA 3-3 fumble fingers and still do my own setups. BFD
As @dadawada sez it’s not rocket science or I would have to call my son in, a Dr.of Astrophysics. If you feel you need help, pay for it.
@idigmusic64 logic demands paying for a certified mechanic to air up his tires.
Any comments I’ve made only promote self sufficiency, a key part of the hifi experience for me.
The OP was about starting out ignorant (like every last one of us) and then finding help. A beautiful thing.
Learning how to set up your turntable should be a requirement for all audiophiles , included in the audiophile 101 course😃 seriously it’s a skill that helps you to be more involved in this hobby. There’s som many resources on line that can help and the set up tools are relatively cheap. Enjoy the hobby.
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