Your arm was not installed correctly if you do not have enough room to slide the SME back all the way. You should have made a new armboard, or find a different cart that is not as long.
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I agree with Pcosta, except I would use another headshell with longer screw slots to avoid disposing of your cartridge. I modified a Linn tonearm by elongating the headshell screw slots and it worked perfectly.
Fortunately the SME has a detachable head shell so the elongated slot "surgery" is not required in your case.
Print the free one on line and try it, just go to:
I downloaded and printed the generic Stupid Protractor, but the scale is off by about 10%.
Is there a secret handshake required to learn the inner workings of the Vinyl Club? I'll trade the secret to how Chris Angel levitates.
We replaced original tonearm with an SME plastic mounting board which is made for Thorens tables. Being that this board matches the existing predrilled holes on the Thorens no further measurements were taken. All was done under the assumption that all calculations and proper spacing had been handled as the board comes pre drilled for the arm as well. It was after all was done that we discovered the above mentioned problem.
My first experience of setting up an arm/cart was on a TD160 with a SME mounting board and adapter plate (in about 1980). I struggled to get the cart aligned. With hindsight, I realize that my error was in trusting the accuracy of the adapter plate - the pivot to spindle distance was off.
I suggest you measure the pivot to spindle distance and make an arm board that enables you to get that spot on. After that, cartridge overhang and alignment will be straight forward adjustments and your rig will be singing.
I used to have exactly the same TT very many years ago!
Try reading here. While the TT is a 160 (not 166) it may help. Setting up the arm:
IF the pivot-spindle distance is indeed 215,4mm as specified here then:
effective length is: 233,19mm
offset angle: 23,6 degrees
overhang: 17,8mm and, of course,
Null points at 66 & 120,9mm
(BTW, looking at my old notes I used to have the distance @215mm as well)
Start by getting the spindle to pivot distance right; the offset angle cannot be adjusted -- but it should be correct (sme is a very serious constructor). Then align with correct protractor at null points. If you have already tackled overhang, aligning the cartridge becomes much easier.