Cueing/Rega RP1w/Bias 2 cartridge

When using cue lever to lower tonearm, tonearm drifts about 3/4", so that it comes down outside of disk. Table is level, tracking force/bias slider set. Dealer says this is normal. Any suggestions?
Experiment w different anti-skating force.
Should have said lower anti-skating.
Agree lower the antiskating. It is set too high, irregardless of the setting on the dial.
See what it does with the antiskating completely off, then add it ontil it only just barely starts to move sideways, but not more.
I would bet it will be fine like that.
Some folks dispise antiskating anyway. And If YOU cannot hear a difference, (One channel a bit louder than the other,) it really really does not matter.
(and it is not gonna hurt your LPs either)
Instead of lowering the anti skate just increase the skate.
I'm sure your dealer is right. A friend's P1 (also with Bias 2) does the same thing. That doesn't necessarily mean the antiskate is set too high, just that the cueing mechanism doesn't provide enough friction to keep the arm in place against the outward force exerted by the antiskate setting. FWIW, my friend set his antiskate to its minimum value so the cueing worked more accurately, and with no drop in sound quality or tracking ability.
Your dealer provided half the story. Some arms disengage A/S until the stylus touches down, but on Rega's A/S is always engaged (at whatever level the slider's at). Since the arm is always being pulled outward it has a tendency to drift until touchdown. Some resist better than others depending on friction, as Jrtent noted.

Swampwalker and Elizabeth provided the rest of the story. Setting A/S much lower than "equal to VTF" will reduce cueing drift and often provides sufficient anti-bias to track real world records properly.

I strongly agree with Elizabeth's suggestion (start with the slider at zero). As Jrtent described, on many Regas even a zero setting still results in some A/S being applied. This may be all you need, but it's cartridge specific so user experimentation is required.

One clarification: don't listen just for channel balance; A/S doesn't always affect that. Listen also for R channel mistracking on difficult-to-track passages. If you hear that, nudge A/S teensily higher until it tracks both channels equally. That's all the A/S you need, using more often does more (sonic) harm than good. (Note: if BOTH channels mistrack you should increase VTF, not A/S.)
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